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James Douglas Ayers, age 74, of the Defoe community of Pleasureville, passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at his residence.  He was born Nov. 3, 1942, in Bethlehem and was the son of the late William Holbert and Roxie Lee Wilder Ayers. He worked at Hussey Copper in Eminence for more than 43 years and was a member and deacon of Union Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Mae Cox Ayers of Pleasureville; four sons, William Douglas Ayers (Sarah) of Pleasureville, Bobby Hardin (Betty) of Defoe, Donnie Hardin of Louisville, and Jackie Ayers of Texas; two daughters, Sonia Way (Jeff) of Pleasureville, and Misty Dell Stone (Clayton) of Pleasureville; two brothers, Tommy Ayers (Mary) of Pleasureville, and Eddie Ayers of Shelbyville; two sisters, Mary Reese (Donnie) and Nancy Estes, both of Frankfort; 28 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by three sons, Roy (Tink) Hardin, Lonnie Hardin and Pete Ayers; two brothers, Jody Ayers and Billy Max Ayers; and three sisters, Patricia Yeary, Brenda Yount and Barbara Jean Ayers.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at Sholar Funeral Home of Pleasureville with Rev. Vic Johnson officiating.  Burial was in the Ayers Family Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were Branson Stone, T.A. Hardin, Taylor Hardin, Shawn Hardin, Jordan Hardin, Charles A. Way and John Blythe. Active pallbearers were Damon Ayers, Ryan Gipson, Blake Ayers, Brack Way, Little Jeff Way, Dustin Ayers, Justin Ayers, and Austin Ayers.
Online condolences may be expressed at sholarfuneralhome.com.
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Pleasureville, KY 40057
(502) 878-2521
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Published in Henry County Local from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27, 2017