Josephine Ayers

    Josephine Laney Ayers, 94, of Murphy, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at her home.
    Mrs. Ayers was born March 9, 1923, in Cherokee County to the late Scott Laney and Belle Bradshaw Laney.
    She was a member of Murphy First Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, gardening both flowers and vegetables.
    She was preceded in death by sisters, Bessie Laney and Blanche Ellis; brothers, T.C. Laney, Ralph Laney, Scott Laney Jr. and Pat Laney; and husband, Vernon Ayers.
    Survivors include her brothers, Buster (Alene) Laney and Virgil Laney; sisters-in-law, Dot Laney and Faye Laney; and nieces and nephews also survive.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Murphy, with the Rev. Mark Laney officiating. Interment followed in Greenlawn Cemetery. The following nephews served as pallbearers, Darrell Laney, Steve Laney, Paul Laney, Mike Laney, Larry Ellis and Casey Conley. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Chastain, James Chastain and Greg Laney.
    The family received friends at from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Cochran Funeral Home, Murphy.
    The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Murphy Public Library 9 Blumenthal St., Murphy, NC 28906.
    Arrangements were entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy.
    You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

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