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Arthur W. Ayers, 1923-2003

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  The Rev. Arthur W. Ayers, 79, retired since 1993, passed away March 21, 2003. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he received a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary.  

He began his ministerial career in 1954 at Warren serving five churches. He went on to serve Princess Anne, Gloucester Point, Zion in York County, Trinity in Petersburg, Grace Calvary on the Eastern Shore, Highland Park in Richmond, Greenwood in Glen Allen and Portlock in Norfolk.  

He remained in the Norfolk area after his retirement enjoying family and friends. His grandchildren, Kaitlin and Sydney, put the spark in his life. He truly loved living by the water, listening to good music and keeping in touch with old friends. Dad’s love of learning continued, even taking a computer class in the last year of his life.  

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine after 34 years of marriage. They entertained, danced, traveled, and laughed together. His selfless acts of kindness, frequently to complete strangers, live on as his legacy.

My sister and I cherish his memory and the gifts of language, song, compassion, and love he taught us. Thank you, Daddy. We love and miss you.

— Andrea & Claudia, daughters



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