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GEORGE ADDISON AYRES of Rockbridge County Virginia 1854

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This is from the Rockbridge Family Heritage Book and can be viewed at: Http://


George Addison Ayres, teacher and supervisor was born June 6, 1854 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was the oldest of eleven children of John Grigsby Ayres Jr. And Martha Jane Wilmore Ayres.

After graduating from the Peabody Institution in Harrisonburg, Virginia on August 19, 1884, he taught in a one room school house near his home on Blacks Creek, Collierstown, Virginia for more than thirty years, only missing one term. His devotion was well noted by the Rockbridge Public School. As a result of infantile paralysis, he was left with a crippled leg, making it necessary for him to use a crutch as his life companion.

He married Elizabeth Jane Green, daughter of Samuel Green and Nancy Reynolds Green of Collierstown, Virginia on June 11, 1885. They had six children: Lloyd Lee, Asa Stuart, John Graham, Ruth Ayres Morris, Alma Ayres Ritchie, and Evelyn Ayres Armstrong.

He was a stern and religious man with strong values and high principles. He was truthful and honest and expected much of his six children. He was elected Deacon of the Collierstown Presbyterian Church on August 24, 1907. He served as clerk and was the teacher of the men's Bible Class. He lived an active life as a citizen of the Buffalo District. While he was engaged in teaching, he served several years as it's constable. After he discontinued teaching in about 1899, he became a candidate in the Buffalo District election for Supervisor and won the election and through several elections he was re-elected to this office and served from July 1, 1901 until December 31, 1911. In all his official functions he did his job with enthusiasm, earnestness and commendable efficiency. He was supervisor when the Iron Bridge over Colliers Creek leading to Blacks Creek was built in 1906. The bridge was replaced with a new cement bridge in 1994.

My mother, his daughter, Ruth Ayres Morris was organist at the Collierstown Presbyterian Church as a young girl until her death November 20, 1966. She said of her father that he was a kind loving but very strict man. Three of his Great Granddaughters became teachers following his example, Lois Ritchey Sealing, Betty Potter Sprinkle and Dana Clark Rhodenizer. His niece, Lula Bare Tardy, the daughter of his sister Mary Ayres Bare was also a teacher and taught at Effinger High School which was Collierstown High from 1918 to 1920. Then she taught at Lexington High from 1920 to 1954 when she retired from teaching.

Mr. Ayres' students said of him, that he was a strong, capable and devotetd educator and that they learned from him values that lived long after him. He died of a stroke on November 24, 1918 at the age of sixty-four years, five months and eighteen days. The Reverend Kenton Parker was Pastor of the Collierstown Presbyterian Church at that time and he held the funeral service. He was buried in the Collierstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Collierstown, Virginia.

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