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Billy E. Ayres, 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior May 14, 2023.

Billy was born April 22, 1938, in Knoxville to Isaac and Dora Ayres. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served the Knoxville City Police Department as an officer and a dispatcher. He retired from McGee Tyson Airbase in the Security Division. Billy loved his family and church. He was a golfer, loved gardening, and working on computers. He was a member of Sinking Springs United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by: Daughter, Teresa Ayres; sister, Jeanette Ayres Long.

He is survived by: Wife of 38 years, Kathy Ayres; daughter, Patricia Tinsley and husband Jay of Knoxville; son, Neil Evans and wife Amanda of Rocky Top; grandchildren, Jacob Tinsley, Elliott Tinsley and Lauren, Destiny Hardee and husband John of Knoxville, Audrey and Anna Evans of Rocky Top; brother, Tommy Ayres; sister, Sandra Stump of Knoxville; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Worthington and wife Lisa and David Worthington both of Clinton; sister-in-law, Karen Guynes and husband Bill of Knoxville; and a host of nieces and nephews and friends

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home.

His funeral service will follow in the chapel with Pastor Brandon Berg officiating.

His graveside will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 19, 2023, at Sinking Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The Family would like to thank Gentiva Hospice Care for all the wonderful support and special thanks to Jamie Partin his nurse. Also, we are so thankful for all the thoughtfulness, caregiving, love, and support from all the staff at Morning Pointe/The Lantern in Clinton.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sinking Springs Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 209, Clinton TN 37717.

Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.