David Alan Ayers
1942 - 2019
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David Alan Ayers, age 77, of Ashtabula, and beloved father, brother and friend passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his daughter’s residence in Norwalk, OH. He was born in Akron, OH on November 25, 1942 to Carl Grove Ayers and Thelma Mae (Judd) Ayers. David received a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Music Education. He taught at Madison High School before opening Ayers Music Store in Madison, OH. He enjoyed boating, fishing, wood working, singing with the Cleveland Orchestra Choir and directing the church choir at Immaculate Conception Church in Madison and Our Lady of Peace in Ashtabula. He was a member of the Geneva-Madison Knights of Columbus and an advocate for the Mya Women’s Center, Ashtabula. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Dennis Ayers of LaPorte, TX. He is survived by his sisters, Carole Armstrong of Tallmadge, OH and Jan Estrella of Pearland, TX; daughters, Holly (Dean) Lamperski of Midland, NC and their children, Tiffany and Mason Lamperski, and Heidi (Jason) Strong of Norwalk and their children, Dawson and Mia Strong; and son, Matthew Ayers of Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mya Women’s Center, 517 W. Prospect Road, Suite D, Ashtabula, OH 44004. Private interment will be held at a later date at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madison, OH. Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk, OH.


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Published in News-Herald from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2019.
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January 4, 2020
A funeral mass will be held for David on Friday, January 10th at 10:00am at Immaculate Conception Church in Madison, OH.
Heidi Strong
January 2, 2020
Matt~ Prayers go out to you and your family. You Dad always had a kind word and smile when our paths would cross. May Our Lords peace and comfort come to you in the days ahead and may His Love surround you always
tracy Chapin
December 31, 2019
Uncle Dave and I share a love for music. I was lucky enough to spend time with him for 6 months in Ohio from 2009 to 2010 when I was doing an internship for my undergraduate degree. I remember that he would always ask how my day was and what new music I was singing and playing. I remember spending time with him in my free time and singing with his church choir. I was able to celebrate my 25th birthday during that time while was up there and he made it a special day. He told me what an important milestone that birthday was, and he gave me a beautiful and delicate cross necklace. I think of him when I wear this necklace and all the love and generosity that he showed me during my time in Ohio. Uncle Dave was a wonderful man and he will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Jessica Churlik
Family
December 29, 2019
I was in choir from seventh grade until graduating in 1972. Dave was more than a teacher he was a great friend. I will always remember going to his home on Green road in the evenings and working on his first music store until it was dark. I was lucky to see him in 2017 at our 45th class reunion. I have and will always remember him with the fondest of memories. Rest in peace Dave.
Craig Carnes
December 29, 2019
This is so sad to hear Dave was a stand up man who did so much for so many. Prayers to his family and God speed Dave.
December 28, 2019
With my deepest sympathy.
Christine Hempel Weaver
December 28, 2019
The last time I saw Uncle Dave was at my brother's wedding back in 2009. I went with my dad (John Estrella) to pick him up from the airport and since I hadn't seen him in awhile, I didn't recognize him as he walked right past me. I remember mentioning to my dad that I saw a man who looked very similar to Uncle Dave in a Fender jacket (I think, it was something to do with music) and wasn't that funny. My dad started running after "the guy who looked like Uncle Dave" and what do you know, it was him. They laughed about it the whole car ride home.

I don't have a ton of memories of him, but I know he cared deeply for his family and was a stand up guy. His sister (my mom) always said how wonderful his singing voice and music was and how much he cared about his community and his church. My condolences to everyone who knew and loved him, he will be missed.
Jennifer (Estrella) Sanchez
December 28, 2019
Mr. Ayers was 1 of my favorite teachers. May he rest in peace. My heart goes out to all his family
Cathy Elersic
December 28, 2019
Mr. David Ayers was not only my High School choir Director, he was a mentor, friend and inspiration. His exemplified values that are held dear to my heart. He practiced Inclusion of all people and taught us life lessons that helped shaped my attitude and approach to life's most difficult challenges. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have a dance with you in 2016 at our 40th Class Reunion. Always in my Heart....To Sir With Love.
Doreen Bestolarides (Gallo)
December 27, 2019
I am so saddened and shocked to hear this news. Dave was a good friend and always had a good word and memory when I would run into him. Dave will be missed, especially at the multi year reunion in August. My prayers are with his family for love and peace.
Ronnie Bennett
December 27, 2019
So sorry...I liked Dave so much!
Annette Downer
Friend
December 27, 2019
R.I.P, Dave. Your voice and choirs at Madison were great. You will be missed, but we know you are in a much better place.
To your children and families, my sincere sympathies...
Liz Meacham
Liz Meacham
December 27, 2019
I was a student at MHS 1968-1971 and Mr. Ayers was the choir director. I have so many wonderful memories of the concerts we performed, his dedication to the choir, and his enthusiasm when teaching the choir. After high school, he became closer to our family and was actually invited to family functions, weddings, and some holidays. He called a couple of weeks ago to say he loved our family, and I was able to tell him we loved him as well.
He will be truly missed and always in our hearts.
December 27, 2019
So sorry hear of Mr. Ayers passing. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher and friend . My condolences to the family. Rest in peace Mr Ayers.
Bradley Weese
December 27, 2019
Brad Weese
December 27, 2019
So sorry to hear the lose of your father, he was our choir teacher at Madison High School. He was such a nice and friendly man to have known and to have as a teacher.God Bless to all of his family at this time we will keep you all in our prayers.
Tom & Gina Simons & Jones
December 27, 2019
What a great guy, awesome teacher, and friend. I know he will be missed by all of us whos lives he touched. I am looking forward to seeing him in the future. David say hi to Mr A. when you see him. Love You Brother.
Matthew Reese
Friend
December 27, 2019
Holly, Heidi, Mathew and Families,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you all. Carolyn
Carolyn (Bastian) Largent
December 27, 2019
Holly, Heidi, Mathew and Families,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you all. Carolyn
Carolyn (Bastian) Largent
December 27, 2019
Dave was one of the good guys. I was privileged to chat with +him earlier this year at our Doctor's. He was truly dedicated to his musical endeavors, and a friend to all. Rest in peace, Dave and soar with the angels.
stefani birman
December 27, 2019
I had Mr. Ayers from 1972-1975 for choir. He was very upbeat and we all loved him. He was one of my favorite teachers and you knew he really cared about his students. This is very sad news. I remember when his daughter was born, he was so excited. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family, may God bless you and keep you.
ANN Norris
December 27, 2019
God bless and keep you Mr. Ayers. You were the one teacher that had a great impact on my life. You taught so much more than music. Music was just a vessel that held the real lessons of how to live, how to treat people, and how to experience the best this world could offer. There's a new voice in heaven's choir now. Rest in Peace old friend.
David Weisbarth
December 26, 2019
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December 26, 2019
He helped me find my voice and brought music to life for me in so many ways...so many great memories provided through this caring, giving teacher, choir director, and friend...a life very well lived and a legacy of music that will continue on...looking forward to seeing and singing with you again, Dave... John Everson
December 26, 2019
Mr. David Ayers inspired me to be the best I could be. He encouraged me to practice piano every waking moment!! I adored his support and countenance!! He knew how nervous I would become; despite his ongoing encouragement. There were many "practice" sessions that he would join me and quietly engage in my rehearsals. David Ayres was an amazing, amazing man!! I am saddened by his loss and hope that my teaching career is reflective of his tireless dedication and concern for the students he served!! He was my mentor and role model!! Thank you to his family and my dear, dear friend!!
Debbie Denton Feick
December 26, 2019
My deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Ayers. I had him for a choir director for 4 years at Madison. He was a great teacher, good friend. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry Jones
December 26, 2019
My most heartfelt sympathies for the entire family. I am so glad I was able to visit with Dave during my trip to Ohio in August. He had a major impact on my life as my choir teacher. I will remember him fondly as a good man, favorite teacher, and brother-in-law. Godspeed, Dave.
Cindy Thomas
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