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John Calvin Ayers



John Calvin Ayers, age 54, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville on Friday, March 12, 2021.


He was born in McDowell County on January 24, 1967 to Ruby Hensley Ayers and the late John Ayers.


John was a dedicated member of West Court Baptist Church where he served as an usher. He was truly a people person who knew everyone by name. John enjoyed muscle cars, model planes, and he was employed as a mechanic at Greene Motorsports. John will be remembered as a very generous person who was always looking for ways to help others. He also enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation and working in his gardens. A loving husband, step father, papa, and brother, he enjoyed spending time with his precious family, especially the grandchildren.


He is survived by, in addition to his mother, his wife, Jill Renee Ayers; four stepchildren, Larry Bodwell (Samantha), Brittany O’Brien, Brandon Bodwell, and Michael Bodwell; five grandchildren, Jonathon Spivey, Jacob Bodwell, A.J. O’Brien, Ian O’Brien, and Zoey O’Brien; and two siblings, Ricky Ayers (Lisa) and Robin Ayers; nephews, Justin Blankenship (Hannah), Brandon Ayers, Jonathan Jones and Rusty Jones.


A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at West Court Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jeff Burchette officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be directed to the West Court Baptist Church Missionary Fund, 355 West Court Street, Marion, North Carolina 28752.




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I am truly heartbroken to hear this gentle man passed away. I was lucky to know him and his wife through massage therapy. Sending you love Jill and keeping you and your family in my prayers!

Emily Hodorowski Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

That was beautiful.

Penny Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

My brother, you are home! I am sure Pops was waiting for you at the gate along with our sisters, Nancy Bernice and Brenda Kay and our brother. We never met them because they went home too soon.. I am sure Granny smothered you with kisses and Paw a slap on the back! I can only imagine the joy you have experienced in seeing our family again. Aunt Jenny, uncle Lawrence, aunt Emmer, uncle Wayne, aunt Pauline, uncle Bob, aunt Nell aunt Mozell, aunt Ruby Jo and so many others! Most of all, you have bowed before the King of Kings our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I can hardly wait to see you and all of our family again! I KNOW you will be waiting by the gate to welcome me home and we will sit down by the river and talk again! I Love you brother, you are home and as much as I miss you I would not ask you to come back for anything! I will see you at the gate real soon! Love Sis

Robin Ayers Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

Johnny was a awesome person he will be missed! By his loving mom , mom Ruby Hensley Ayers and his best friend big sister Robin!!!! This is a big loss to his family!! All the nephews are thinking this. Is crazy!! We all love you !!

Jackie Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

Please pray for his mom

Jackie Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

Please pray for his mom and Robin

Jackie Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

Ruby, Robin, and Rickey I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that I have the memories of us sitting around the house when mom and I came back to visit. We had fun just being together as a family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you.

Penny Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

May God bless and comfort your family. It seems like only a short time ago that John (I called him Johnny back then) would be one of the regulars to play basketball in the old North Cove gym on Sunday afternoons. Our group had some really great times and he was a great guy. So sorry he has gone home so soon.

John Childers Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

I worked with Johnny at the Ford dealership in Marion and he was a great guy. So sorry for your loss

Matthew Browne Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

Miss Ayers, Nathainiel and I send our love and prayers to you and the family.May God wrap you in his loving arms and guide you til it is time for you to meet your love one.

Janis Reel and Nathainiel Wall Mar 15 2021 12:00 AM

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