Terry Ayres

July 16, 1953 - August 10, 2019

Terry Ayres

Terry Lynn Ayres, 66, of Buna, died Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. He was born on July 16, 1953, in Woodville, to Amanda (Snyder-Ayres) Small and Grady Ayres. He graduated from Silsbee High School in 1971 and married Sylvia Frazier on October 30, 1971.

It is hard to summarize a life with words, especially when that life had not spoken many himself. You will not read in the annals of history the words he had given in speeches, but his is characterized by God’s intentions for us all. Terry approached life with a servant’s attitude, worked hard, gave without regret or complaint, and prepared for this life and the one to come.

Terry met Sylvia on a blind date, fell in love, married, then moved to Houston, Texas where their daughter, Angelique Josette was born. They moved to Silsbee where their son, Joseph Stephen was born. Terry went to work for the Eastex Paper Mill in August 1973 and remained a loyal employee until retirement in January 2016.

Terry loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, his family, his church, and his friends. His interests included hunting, fishing, travelling, and entertaining at his home in Buna, Texas. Ahead of all else, Terry lived for his family. He was the grandfather of grandfathers. Paw-Paw suffered through the sweltering heat and late nights for every dance recital, every ball game, every pep rally, every awards ceremony, every birthday party, and would show up early them all. Terry gave, never took, and loved unconditionally.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; one daughter, Angelique Goode and her husband, Marshall; two granddaughters, Megan and Mariah; two grandsons, Gavyn and Gabrian, of Lumberton; two brothers, Rex Ayres and his wife Sara, of Silsbee; Herbert Ayres and his wife, Sharon, of Village Mills, and sister, Diane Conkle, of Fannett.

Terry is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Stephen Ayres; brother, Jessie S. Ayres; mother, Amanda Small; and father, Grady Ayres.

A gathering of Mr. Ayres’ family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with his funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Friendship Baptist Church, 39700 US 96 South, Buna. His interment will follow at Holland Cemetery, Kountze, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.


Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Gathering of Family and Friends
Friendship Baptist Church-Buna
39700 US 96 South Buna, Texas 77612
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Service
Friendship Baptist Church-Buna
39700 US 96 South Buna, Texas 77612
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Holland Cemetery
30.476199 Zzz94.401754

Comments (18)

  • Robyn Doucet

    18 August 2019 at 01:52 | #

    I'm so blessed to have known Terry. Angel and I were best friends when I lived in Silsbee right down the road. I spent a whole lot of time at their house growing up. They were my 2nd family. Terry will be dearly missed. Prayers for peace for you guys. ❤


  • Roger and Carol Sue Russell

    14 August 2019 at 18:42 | #

    John 16:22 - So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. Please know that you are our sister in Christ and you are loved. We're here for you and your family.


  • James and Cheryl Dupre

    14 August 2019 at 14:58 | #

    We are so blessed and count it a joy to know and love Terry.....we know where he is and we will be able to visit together again one day. Our prayers go up for the family during this difficult time but God is good and we know He is in each day you face. We love you and are here anytime you need something.


  • Laura Sims

    14 August 2019 at 12:50 | #

    I feel we had only just begun to know you and Terry. You and your family have our deepest condolences during this time of grief. But our consolation is that he is not lost, he is with Jesus. We all will see him again. Love and prayers for you all.


  • Geraline Buck

    14 August 2019 at 12:30 | #

    Terry will be greatly missed. You could tell he loved the Lord, his family and outdoors! One of my best memories of Terry is the first time he saw me after my husband's death. His words were short and soft, "we're here". Terry's big heart will be a part of us forever. Continued prayers for Sylvia and family.


  • Herc & Mickey Rogers

    13 August 2019 at 22:36 | #

    I wouldn't take anything for the last memory that I have of Terry. We stopped by the day before he passed away. I stood there by his bed, held his hand and spoke to him but he pointed to his mouth, someone standing there said that his mouth was dry so he had it full of water or something. So when they told me that I mention how lucky he was to have water in his mouth cuz it's always my foot in mine. A big grin came across his face as big as he could smile without losing his liquid. From here on out when I think of Terry that's the picture that I will have of him. Smiles are precious memories.


  • Don Thomas

    13 August 2019 at 12:41 | #

    Terry was a person who was,t not real out spoken at least around me. but you knew he loved his lord , and i knew he was my friend. No words can sooth Sylvia. loss only the lord and time can do this. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY


  • Terri Byrne

    13 August 2019 at 12:14 | #

    I'm so sorry for y'all loss. This video completely shows the love Terry had for y'all. I hope these memories will help as you go thru today and the weeks ahead. You all we're clearly his joy.


  • Jimmy R and Rhonda Tatom

    13 August 2019 at 04:53 | #

    Sylvia, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Many hugs!


  • Felicia McInnis Payne

    13 August 2019 at 04:46 | #

    Sylvia I’m so sorry. The love you & Terry shared will last for all eternity. I hate you have to go through this. God bless you and keep your eyes on the Lord. Love you


  • Kathi Hill

    13 August 2019 at 03:04 | #

    Terry was one of the best men I’ve ever known!!! He will be sorely missed by so many. One of my fondest childhood memories is of us always playing “got ya last” anytime our families got together!! Soar high, sweet cousin, and may you rest in peace!!
    Kathi Dorrell Hill


  • Glenda Chapman

    13 August 2019 at 02:55 | #

    The best neighbors anyone could ever ask for. We never heard much from Terry. Went to work. Went fishing. My 3 girls were constantly at their house. If it bothered Terry, we never heard about it. So many memories! The Ayres family will always have a special place in the pages of our yesterdays.
    Gone too quickly; but never forgotten.
    Love & hugs to Sylvia & family


  • Sandy Gibson

    13 August 2019 at 00:55 | #

    My heart and prayers for you and your family. Love u


  • Alicia Ayres Lane

    12 August 2019 at 23:05 | #

    Praying for y'all. He's in a better place now no longer in pain, fishing with Joseph in heaven.


  • Jessica Richmond

    12 August 2019 at 23:04 | #

    Mrs. Sylvia and Angel, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Terry was such a wonderful man, and I was proud to know him. I know Jospeh is already showing him all the good fishing spots in heaven. I can’t make it in for the services tomorrow, but know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers constantly.


  • Louis Motl Jr.

    12 August 2019 at 21:24 | #

    I am sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I remember several years ago when me and my family came to visit that Terry took me and my family out in his boat.


  • Sally and Crisp Williams

    12 August 2019 at 21:23 | #

    Sylvia, we are sending condolences to you and your family. May the Lord wrap His around you and your family.


  • Mary Hill Wright

    12 August 2019 at 21:00 | #

    My condolences & prayers for the family. Terry was an awesome young man. He will be missed dearly.


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