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Lloyd Gene "Sarge" Ayers

July 26, 1934 — June 29, 2024

Lloyd Gene "Sarge" Ayers


 Lloyd Gene “Sarge” Ayers, 89, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2024 at his home in Beckley, WV. Born July 26, 1934 in Summers County, WV, he was the youngest of eleven children of Charley Napolean and Sallie Leif Harris Ayers. 

 Gene was career military serving 20 years in the US Army as a military policeman, with overseas tours in Korea, France, Vietnam twice and Thailand. He then worked 24 years for the Department of Labor at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, WV in the maintenance department and as an instructor. Gene was also an auctioneer for 25 years, doing many charity auctions for fire departments, churches and schools. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing but loved taking care of the family farm and having his family come to the farm and enjoy it with him. Gene was a Trustee at Sandstone Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of the Beckley Veterans Group #14 in Beckley WV.

 Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Kessler and Daisy Walkup and eight brothers Charles, Grover, Edward, Fred, Jennings, John, Kenneth and Robert Ayers.

 Gene is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Beatrice Lucille Jarrells Ayers; children, Lloyd Gene Ayers II and wife Michelle as well as Mark Shelor Ayers and wife Kimberly; grandchildren, Ashley Brooke Ayers Acord and husband Corey, Kyle Shelor Ayers and wife Taylor, Madison Grace Ayers and Bryar Gene  Ayers; step grandchildren, Taylor Miles, Chloe Bills and Caity Bills. Gene was a devoted husband, father and grandfather that will be severely missed by all.

 As requested, he will be cremated and his ashes will be buried at the Ayers Family Cemetery in Sandstone, WV; no services will be held. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy can be sent to Beckley VA volunteer services c/o: Beckley Vet Center, Attn: Volunteer Services Office Beckley VA Medical Center, 200 Veterans Ave., Beckley, WV 25801.

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