Earl Joseph Ayers

Earl Joseph Ayers, age 95 of Cleveland, Texas passed away Friday, November 5, 2021.

He was born January 12, 1926, in Sardis, Oklahoma to parents Floyd and Bertha Ayers who preceded him in death along with his daughter, Ann Milwee; son, Joe Ayers; brothers, Hershel and Dalton Ayers; and sisters, Opal Carroll and Jane Traylor.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Ayers; daughters, Diedra Kay Ayers and husband Murphy Higginbotham, and Pamela Ayers-Hainline; sisters, June Bush and Melba Traylor; grandchildren, Ashley Phillips and husband Jason, Rachel Beckett and husband Justin, Robert Bailey and wife Jamie, Daniel Bailey and wife Tiffany, Christina Chapman and husband Ryan, Ty Higginbotham and fiancé Amber Brown, Ava Higginbotham and Zachary Chisum; great-grandchildren, Clayton, Kaitlyn, and Taylor Bailey, Sebastian and Leah Phillips, Dylan Bailey, Hagen, Gavin, Paris, and Marissa Chapman; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 8, 2021, at Ryan Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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