Mr. Donald Austin Ayers, lovingly known as "Donnie" age 55, Garden Lakes Community, Rome, GA, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in a local hospital.
Mr. Ayers was born on July 19, 1958 in Rome, GA, son of the late Ralph E and Constance Irwin Ayers. He was raised in Rome and was a charter member of The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. As a young adult he was employed at RCW and the Floyd Training Center. Donnie was a special needs adult, beloved by all. He was a sports fanatic; Braves, Falcons, Nascar, GA Bulldogs and the former Atlanta Flames and Thrashers. He had a strong imagination. He enjoyed NASA, Wizard of OZ, The Three Stooges, emergency vehicles, baseballs and bats and had an extensive collection of shirts to support all of his teams and interests. He was an avid shopper and if the saying, "The one with the most toys wins!" Donnie hit the jackpot.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by two sisters, Susan E and Sarah "Sally" M Ayers and a brother in law, Jim Felkel. Survivors include sisters Brenda Otting , Rome and Mary Felkel, Elkton, FL. His beloved "Big Bro", Robert Ayers and his wife Diane of Rome, four nieces, Sally Maddox (Shelby), Rome, Susan Collins (Doc), Hawkinsville, GA, Jeri Thornton (Julian), Jacksonville, AL, and Barbara Compton (Bobo), Silver Creek, GA also survive. In addition Mr. Ayers is survived by four great nephews, Brandon Maddox, Rome, Tyler Compton and Jeremy King, Silver Creek and DJ Collins, Hawkinsville, GA; one great niece, Sydney Collins, Hawkinsville, GA and Jim's children and their families, Brenda Boyd(Tony,Matthew, Elizabeth), Leize Shirah(Ava, Audrey), and Jimmy Felkel. Special friend Trinity Bragg and his beloved caregivers, Mark Vinson and Ann Bosarge also survive.
A celebration of life for Mr. Ayers was held Thursday, October 3 at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, Rome, with visitation beginning at 4 PM and the service at 6 PM.
In honor of Donnie the family will be wearing his favorite Tee shirts and jerseys from his extensive collection and invites everyone to join us in wearing one of theirs.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the Rome Braves Miracle Field, 755 Braves Blvd, Rome, GA 30161 or The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 304 Coker Dr, Rome, GA 30165