Robert B. Ayer Jr.
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Robert B. Ayer, Jr.
Gainesville - Life-long resident and Educator Robert B. Ayer, Jr., age 92, passed away November 7th, 2020 at his home in Gainesville, FL. He was a graduate of Florida A&M University where he received his undergraduate degree, and Nova University for his graduate studies. His tenure included working at Lincoln High and Eastside High Schools. Mr. Ayer was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where he served with the Chancel Choir, Gospel Choir, Male Chorus Finance Committee, Trustee, United Methodist Men, and Cemetery Committee. Mr. Ayer was a graduate of Lincoln High School, class of 1945, and a Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Ayer is survived by his sons, Robert B. Ayer, III(Valerie), Snellville, GA, Bryan Ayer(Valerie), Bethel, CT, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Graveside Services for Mr. Ayer will be held 1:00pm, Friday, November 13th, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Rev. Geraldine W. McClellan, officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Chestnut Funeral Home, Inc., 18. N.W. 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL.
Mr. Ayer will repose in the Chestnut Memorial Chapel on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 from 2:00pm until 7:00pm, and on Friday at Graveside from 12:00noon until the hour of Service.
Social distancing and wearing facial masks are recommended by the CDC and the Alachua County Emergency Order, 2020-50. If you do not have a facial mask, one will be provided for you by a Member of Chestnut Funeral Home Staff.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2020.
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November 20, 2020
Mr. Ayer was a wonderful understand teacher and mentor. He will be truly missed Class 1981.
Patricia Velasques-Jones
Student
November 16, 2020
I am just seeing Mr. Ayers obituary now. I am saddened for his family, church community, and the education system of Alachua County. I remember him vividly as Mr. Ayers was my preceptor as a young teacher about to graduate in 1976. He was my mentor and I learned so much from him. He also gave me the freedom to reach out and do my best in the biology classes that I taught with his direction. Now in my mid 60’s I have always know that education is so incredibly important and to help students to achieve their best is the reward in this honorable profession. So with deep gratitude and respect I bid you farewell, Mr. Ayers and am thankful that you have had such a long life with so many contributions. Peace be with you and your family.
Jeff Dunn
Student
November 14, 2020
We miss you already, Granddaddy Ayer. We love you. Forever and Always, Robert (Melanie), Savannah and Robbie Ayer
Melanie Ayer
Family
November 14, 2020
To the Ayer family, we send our deepest sympathy as you mourn your loss. We were in the first group of students at the new Eastside High in the early ‘70’s and we loved Mr Ayer. I had him for home room teacher and he was also one of our class sponsors. He taught science and started the tennis program. He taught us many good values and was respected and loved by students as well as by fellow teachers and administrators. We thank God for him and look forward with confidence to that “glad reunion day” in heaven.
God bless you all,
Steve & Becky Deaux
EHS ‘74/‘76
Charles S. Deaux
Student
November 14, 2020
Great teacher
Andre Davis
Student
November 13, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Kent Bernard Farmer
Friend
November 13, 2020
Deepest Sympathy to the bereaved family.May God lifted the family up during this time of loss.May God bless .
Naomi Milligan
Acquaintance
November 12, 2020
Beautiful person,educator, neighbor an friend , christian.Known him all of my life.
John D. Williams
Friend
November 12, 2020
Condolences to the family of Mr. Ayers. "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is Higher than I" Psalm 61:2
Detroit & Bettye Stoney Allen & Family
Friend
November 12, 2020
Mr. Ayer you will be missed. You gave so much to your church, community and the school system.
Sarah Graham
Student
November 12, 2020
To the Ayers family,
Bobby was my former teacher, my husband’s fraternity brother but, most of all he was our friend. He will truly be missed by all of us.
God Bless,
The Watson and Andrews family
Barbara (Watson) Andrews
Friend
November 12, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Patricia Green
Student
November 12, 2020
Deepest condolences to the Family. I remember Mr. Ayer from LHS & EHS. He will truly be missed.
Jacquelyn Williams
Student
November 12, 2020
HEARTFELT
MRS ARNOLD DORSEY AND SON
Neighbor
November 12, 2020
I send my deeper condolences to the Aye Family. May your know the peace and comfort of Jesus during this time.
Virginia Hayes
Acquaintance
November 12, 2020
With heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Eleanor Boston
November 12, 2020
Bundy and Chip,
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad.
Dresden Hayes
Friend
November 12, 2020
Cousin Bobby you were always so warm and welcoming. We will miss you and love you always.
Kwesi Edwards
Family
November 11, 2020
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Glenn Edwards
November 11, 2020
Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the Ayers Family.
Mr. Ayers was a favorite teacher during Eastside, 70 days. Thank you.
Eastside High School, Class of 1973
Student
November 11, 2020
WITH HEARTFELT SYMPATHY .R.I.P.
CLASS OF 1967 .WE WILL MISS YOU
Mary Milligan
Classmate
November 11, 2020
I WILL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. IRENE,RIP UNCLE BOB.SLEEP.
Mary Milligan
Family
November 11, 2020
UNCLE BOB WE WILL MISS YOU MUCH ,KHLOE ,DEVIN, CHARMION , CYRIA , SYRIA. .MARY. R.I.P.. WITH HEARTFELT SYMPATHY
Mary Milligan
Family
November 10, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family.
Mr. Ayers was one of my favorite teachers. I am because he was.
RIP, Mr. Ayers.
Stephanie Johnson-Oden
Student
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