On March 9, 2023, Harvard G. Ayers, beloved husband and father passed away. He was eighty one. Born to Vernon and Flora Ayers, Harvard graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and then went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Catholic University. After a fulfilling career at Appalachian State University as an esteemed professor in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. If anyone knew Harvard, they knew that he was a "tree hugger". In addition to teaching, his passion was protecting the environment. Both while working at ASU and after retirement, he was a dedicated steward of the land, water and air. He is survived by his loving wife, Mackie, daughter, Pam (Mike) Reed, son Adam (Candace) Ayers and four grandchildren, Margaret Reed, Bryan Reed, Frances Reed and Bailey Ayers. Memorial services for Dr. Ayers will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish to, direct donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Denny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners Children's Hospitals, 2900 N. Rocky Rd., Tampa FL 33607. Online Condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ayers family.