February 2, 2015
Date of Service:
Interment Location: Garden of Freedom
Edna Pearl Bowers Ayers, a resident of Hillview Health Center died Monday, February 2, 2015 at the age of 93. Pearl was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late William Chrisley and Lola Carriger Bowers. She was a graduate of Elizabethton High School. She was married to Navy Seaman Willie Ayers from North Carolina for 54 years before his death in 1998 .A former employee of North American Rayon Corporation, Pearl and her husband moved to Colorado for a short time where they ran the Loveland Café. Their next move was to Washington, D.C. where they owned and operated Ayers Guest Houses and Laundry Route Services from 1948 to 1995 before retiring and returning to Carter County. She was an avid gardener, loved animals and birds, crocheting, mystery novels, collecting postcards and elephants and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her husband, Pearl is preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Jean Ayers, her brothers, Ray and Floyd Bowers, nephews: Larry Dean Bowers and Ray Roberson and sister-in-law: Irene Roberson.
Survivors include her sister: Ina Mae Soto, her nieces: Deborah Meyer, Dianna Tucker, Christina Soto Whitfield and husband Rex, great niece: March Goodling, great-nephew; Jesse Meyer and great great nephew: Jeremy Bell. Other special nieces and nephews: Roseanna Lowe, Gary Roberson, Ann Willis and special friends, Helen Blevins and Luther Taylor.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. R.L. Poole officiating. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday prior to the funeral service. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the staff of Hillview Health Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com