ELBERT AYERS, JR., 87Elbert Ayers, Jr. of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at his son’s residence. He was born January 25, 1924 in Altha, FL to the late Elbert Ayers, Sr. and Nettie (Dixon) Ayers; and came to Lake Wales in 1946. He was retired from F.M.C. delivering citrus plant machinery and chemicals, attended the Lake Buffum Baptist Church, and is a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed gardening.Elbert was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Jean Ayers in 1996; and son, Hugh Wright. Survivors include his daughters, Alice Carpenter of Lake Wales and Wanda Kuhns of Frostproof; sons, Jimmy Ayers of Bradenton, Charles Ayers of Winter Haven, Dale Ayers of Lake Wales, Kenneth Ayers of Lake Wales, and Mitchell Carpenter of Lake Wales; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales, with visitation from 1:00-2:00 PM. Interment will follow at the Lake Buffum Baptist Church Cemetery. The webcast of his service can be viewed and condolences may be sent to the family at marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.