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July 4, 1949 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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In loving memory of a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, Luther Leroy Ayres Jr. was called to his eternal home on October 10, 2023. His life’s journey began on July 4, 1949, in Coffeyville, Kansas, a beloved son to Luther Leroy Sr. and Earnestine Ayres.
Luther, a pillar of strength, faith, and warmth, was the epitome of a family man. From his early years at Calvary Baptist Church to his steadfast presence at Followers of Christ Baptist Church, his faith was his foundation and guiding light. His jovial spirit, underpinned by profound faith, was a testament to his name, meaning "Soldier of the People." Luther's commitment to his faith community was evident in his 31 years singing in the choir and his dedicated service as the church's custodian, roles he performed with unmatched zeal and pride.
Those who knew Luther were captivated by his infectious personality and unwavering kindness. His humor brought solace and laughter to many, making all family gatherings memorable. As a true "Soldier of the People," Luther built lasting relationships, touching numerous lives with his genuine concern and selfless nature.
Luther's heart belonged to his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Virginia Arlene Fisher. Their love story was one of legends, filled with unwavering commitment, mutual respect, and deep affection, making them truly inseparable. Their union was blessed with a cherished son, Travis, who continued to be the center of their world.
Professionally, Luther demonstrated resilience and a strong work ethic, contributing significantly to Sherwin Williams Paint Store and the Coop Plant. His condition as an amputee never defined him; instead, he became a symbol of perseverance, inspiring those around him. A staunch Laker fan, Luther’s spirit of defense extended well beyond the court, encapsulating his approach to life and all he held dear.
The legacy Luther leaves behind is rich with love, laughter, and lessons in resilience. He is lovingly remembered by his son, Travis Wayne Ayres (Jawauna), and grandchildren; his stepmother, Annie Mae Ayres; siblings, relatives, and a community of friends. While his light on earth has dimmed, the flicker of his profound influence will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who knew him.
As we bid farewell to Luther Leroy Ayres Jr., we find comfort in Revelation 21:10, envisioning him amidst the glory of the holy Jerusalem, basking in the divine presence, and watching over us with his characteristic smile until we meet again.
A service to celebrate Luther's life and legacy will be announced by the family, where relatives and friends can pay their respects and honor a life so beautifully lived.