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Oscar Ayers Jr., 83, N. Augusta, S.C.

Oscar Ayers Jr., 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2014 at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. He was a life-long resident of Brown County before leaving in 2010 to spend some time with his daughters in North Augusta, S.C.

Oscar was born May 1, 1930, in Brown County, to the late Arnold and Mertie (Skinner) Ayers. He was a 1948 graduate of Van Buren High School and went on to serve as a sergeant with the United States Army during the Korean War. After the war, Oscar continued to serve his county as a member of the Indiana National Guard and as a civil service worker at Camp Atterbury for more than 25 years, retiring in 1979. After retirement, Oscar became an avid collector and seller of antiques.

He is survived by his children, Eva (Steve) Wolford of North Augusta, S.C., Cheryl (Tom) Hendrickson of Helmsburg, Teresa Ayers of Statesville, N.C., Becky (Gene) Fallaw of North Augusta, S.C. and Byron (Shannon) Ayers of Brown County; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Oscar was preceded in death by his siblings, Burnell and Don Ayers and Ann Pruitt.

Oscar attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both in Indiana and South Carolina and was a 50-year member of the Nashville Masonic Lodge #135. Other memberships included the Edinburgh American Legion Post 233 and Brown County Bucks & Does Square Dance Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and caring for his small animals, especially his dogs. Oscar also enjoyed oil painting and was a fan of blue grass music and looked forward to the Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Festival in Bean Blossom every year.

The Rev. Harold Summers will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown.  Friends can call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the funeral home. The Nashville Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan 17 at the funeral home.  Bishop Matthew Semadeni will conduct a Committal Service following the funeral service Saturday, Jan. 18 at  Mt. Zion Cemetery in Nashville with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions can be sent in honor of Oscar to the Brown County Humane Society, P.O. Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448.

Expression of caring and kindness can be made to the Ayers family at

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  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 28
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road