Oscar Vernon Ayers, Jr., son of the late Oscar Vernon, Sr., and Dessie Jane Godwin Ayers, was born in Sikeston, Mo., on Aug. 3, 1934, and died at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on March 3, 2012, at the age of 77.
He had lived in Sikeston before moving to Dexter 40 years ago.
He had worked as a pipe-fitter and was a member of the Pipefitters Local 562 in St. Louis. He was a member of Semo Son Riders Christian Motorcycle Group and Murray Lane Baptist Chuch in Sikeston.
On March 5, 1959, he was married to Kay Heather in Sikeston.
Surviving are his wife, Kay Ayers, of Dexter; two daughters and their spouses, Angela and Mike Watkins, and Andrea and Don Backfisch, all of Dexter; four grandchildren and spouses, Daniel and Danelle Backfisch, Heather and Dan Mustain, Alex and Marybeth Watkins, and Nate Watkins; one great- granddaughter, Falyn Marie Watkins; niece and husband, Karen and Ted Recker; a nephew and wife, Larry and Teri Spivey; and one sister-in-law, Niva Spivey. Other family and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Jean Spivey, and brother-in-law, Louis Spivey.
Visitation and funeral were held on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter, Mo., with Rev. Mike Watkins of Dexter officiating.
Interment followed in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., with Watkins and Sons Funeral Services of Dexter in charge of arrangements.