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Sally Ayres | Obituary | Athens Daily Review

Sally Ayres | Obituary |  Athens Daily Review

Sally Ayres

Sally Jane Ayres was born on May 9, 1944, at Nan Travis Hospital in Jacksonville, Texas, although she resided in Frankston, Texas. Sally Jane died on July 7, 2024. Her mother was Maggie Mae Robbins Ayres and her father was John Smith Ayres. She had three living siblings at her birth, William Augustus Ayres, Robert Chopin Ayres, and Joe Robbins Ayres; another sibling, John Smith Ayres Jr., died before Sally’s birth. She is survived by her brother Joe Robbins Ayres, her sisters-in-law Jane Baird Ayres and Wynelle (Cissy) Holloway. She is also survived by her nieces Mary Margaret Ayres DeVaull, Lauren Felice Ayres Jarocki, Elizabeth Ann Ayres Hancock, and JoAnna Ayres; and by her nephews William Augustus Ayres, Jr., Robert Chopin Ayres, Jr., and Nathan McLarty Ayres. Sally had many cousins, all of whom Sally loved very much.
Honorary pallbearers will be: William Augustus Ayres, Jr., George DeVaull, lll.; George DeVaull, IV; Michael DeVaull, David DeVaull, Tomek Jarocki, Russ Richardson and Bobby Jackson.
Sally’s parents died tragically in 1949, and she and her siblings were raised by her grandfather, John Ira Robbins, and his wife, Gladys Lambert Robbins. During her senior years of high school, she also lived with her aunt and uncle, Louise Robbins Tucker and Dr. H.R. Tucker, of Athens. She often visited her beloved aunt and uncle, Mildred and Mike Wicks, of Ralls, Texas. She graduated from Athens High School in 1962 along with many close and beloved friends. Sally had no children of her own, but her nieces and nephews considered her a second mother and Sally loved them all very much.
Sally had a successful career, most of which was spent at Southwestern Bell, where she held a senior management position. When Southwestern Bell merged with AT&T, Sally accepted the opportunity to retire early. After that, Sally no longer worked for pay, but did significant volunteer work for the Alley Theater (Houston), Ronald McDonald House, AIDS Kitchen, Shelter for Women, and other charities. Sally loved animals and devoted her time and love to animal shelters.
A wake is planned for Friday, July 12th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Autry Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, 1910 East Tyler Street, Athens, Texas. Burial will be at the Athens City Cemetery, South Prairieville Street, on Saturday, July 13th at 9:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held immediately following the burial on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 405 East Tyler Street. All are invited to attend any or all of these events.
Donations can be made to the choir of First Presbyterian Church in Athens, an animal shelter or charity of your choice.