<h1><img class="wp-image-34704 alignleft" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/10\/Henry-Ayers-obit.jpg" alt="" width="190" height="287" \/>Henry Franklin Ayers, Jr., 86, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at UVA Hospital after a short illness.<\/h1>\r\nHe leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Loretta Ayers; daughters, Brenda Arnold (Robbie Arnold) and Karen Ayers; sisters, Margaret Halterman and Marsha Fogus; grandchildren, Brittany and Saylor Arnold; great-grandson, Braylon Calhoun; Cindy Weyen and many close family members and friends.\r\n\r\nHe was proceeded in death by his parents, Henry Franklin Ayers, Sr. and Mary Lorena Buckland-Wickline; and his granddaughter, Amy Michelle Burdette.\r\n\r\nHenry was born Apr. 30, 1932, in White Sulphur Springs. He was a proud veteran of the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany as a medic of the notorious \u201cBig Red One\u201d while also doing clean up efforts to rebuild. He was a painter at The Greenbrier for over 40 years until his retirement. He was a dedicated member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church of White Sulphur Springs where he faithfully attended service every Sunday.\r\n\r\nHenry was the sweetest, kindest man you could meet. He lived by his military motto \u201cNo mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty first!\u201d He was hardworking and cared deeply for his loved ones. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.\r\n\r\nServices were held Thursday, Oct. 11, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in White Sulphur Springs where Pastor Shari Stilgenbauer officiated. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery.\r\n\r\nFriends called Thursday at the church before the service.\r\n\r\nWallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.\r\n\r\nPlease send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.