(HEFLIN) The funeral for Matthew Tyler Ayres, 26, of Heflin will be Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Benefield Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Waldrop and Cliff Mize officiating. Burial will follow at Pinetucky Baptist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday.

Mr. Ayres died Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Tanner-East Alabama Medical Center.

A lifelong Heflin resident, Mr. Ayres was born in Birmingham on June 10, 1993, the son of Daniel Smith and Tina Ayres Mize. He was a member of Pinetucky Baptist Church and worked as a CNA at Anniston-NRC and also as a certified security guard.

Survivors include his mother, Tina Mize (Cliff); father, Daniel Smith (Dawn); sister, Haley Smith; grandparents, Bradford and Mary Smith; step-grandparents, Randolph and Brenda Ann Francis; fiancŽe, Shelby Nikkole Harris; four stepsisters, Harleigh Mize, Brianna Woods, Haley Andrews and Sierra Parrish; two stepbrothers, Tony Mize and Layne Mize; nephew, Andrew O'Neal; and two nieces, Evelyn Mize and Macyn Woods. Mr. Ayres was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Patrick Ayres; an uncle, Dallas Mize; and grandparents, Billy Pat and Janice Ayres.

Pallbearers will be Randolph Francis, Damien Landry, Tanner Williamson, Joey Williamson, Roger Prater and Tyler Norton.

Memorials may be floral, or donations may be made to Benefield Funeral Home at 17624 Hwy. 431, Wedowee, AL 36278, to go towards final expenses. Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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