Ayers remembered for his love for music and family

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 01:40 PM.

Ayers taught guitar lessons for 20 years, often performing at local venues like Margaritaville and Foghorns, and wrote and performed music with his wife, Jessica. And it's through his love for music and his wife that Tiffany says her brother touched lives.

"Music and Jessica were his passion," she said. "He had worked at the music store in Panama City since he was 14, and Jessica had been his love since they were kids, more than 17 years. We should all be so lucky to have a love like that."

"They agreed to wait ten years to have a child after getting married because of their career, and Justin was overjoyed when Jax came in this world," she adds. "Jax's first breath literally took Justin's away."

Tiffany says her family will be sure young Jax knows what kind of man his father was.

"(If I could tell Jax one thing about his dad), it would be that I had never seen him so happy as the day his son was brought into this world," said Tiffany. "He was the best father possible for the very short amount of time he had. Jessica and Jax were his whole world."

Those wanting to help the fundraising benefits for the Ayers family have several options as the community continues to rally around them.

An account created Wednesday in Ayers’ name on the website gofundme.com had raised nearly $16,000 from more than 300 donors by 9 a.m. Friday, exceeding the goal amount of $15,000.

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