Joe Thomas Ayers, Sr., 75, of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
He was born May 18, 1938, in Essex, Mo. to the late Lee and Odell Williams Ayers.
On May 22, 1961, at Parma, Mo. he married Etta Louise Perkins, and she survives of the home.
Joe had worked for Cape Vault Company for five years and then for the City of Cape Girardeau for 35 years, retiring as a foreman. He attended Greater Dimension Church in Cape Girardeau and was a
member of the Masonic Lodge.
In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, Scott (Cassandra) Ayers and Paul Ayers of Cape Girardeau, Joe (Wendy) Ayers Jr. of Euless, Texas, Darius Ayers of Holiday, Fla.; adopted son, Sam Smith of Philadelphia; daughters, Tina Ayers Wright and Tiesha Johnson of Cape Girardeau, Angela Ayers, Felicia (Lisa) Ayers, Demetria Ayers and Stacie Ayers of Columbia, Mo.; brothers, Charlie Ayers of Jackson and Henry Ayers of Dallas; sisters, Hazel Jackson and Louise Colon of Cape Girardeau; and 36 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Shakelia Johnson; three brothers, Ralph Ayers, Marshall Ayers and Jerry Ayers, Sr.; a sister, Adell Nelson; and a grandson, Allen Murry.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 5 at Ford & Sons Sprigg St. Chapel in Cape Girardeau with Masonic Services at 7 p.m.
Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, July 6 at Greater Dimension Church in Cape Girardeau with the Rev. William Bird Sr. officiating.
Burial will follow at Fairmont Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.