Tommy Ayers

Tommy Ayers Obituary

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Age - 79

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September 12, 2023

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Fairland, OK

"Tommy Ayers, 79, a resident of Monkey Island, Oklahoma, passed away at his residence on Monday, September 11, 2023. Services are pending and have been placed in the care of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fairland, Oklahoma. Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Mr. Ayers\u0027 Tribute Page at www. brown-winters. com. "

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