On Easter morning, April 1, 2018, Ayrie Byrd Mason Locke of Keysville, VA, went to be with her Savior. Ayrie was a beautiful wife, mama, grandmother and great-grandmother who devoted her life to her family, her church and the Eureka community. Ayrie was a devoted member of Eureka Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She served multiple roles throughout her life at the church and continued to share the gospel with people when she was unable to attend church services in recent years. She was passionate about people becoming saved and trusting their life to Jesus Christ. Ayrie also loved hearth and home! Gardening, both vegetables and flowers, spending time in the yard, her cats, listening to Big Band music on WFLO radio on Saturday mornings, family vacations to the Outer Banks, taking care of grandchildren when they were sick (or sometimes pretending just to have a day with her full attention), belly laughs with her two daughters, full moons, front porch sitting, Pet chocolate ice cream and watching it snow were among her favorite things.
She was preceded in death by her true love and husband for over 58 years, Tommy Locke. Also preceding in death were her parents, Thomas Toy and Bessie Collins Mason of Red House, VA, three brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Tricia Tucker (Tim) and Rhonda Benn (Jim), her grandchildren, Blake Tucker (Krystal), Seth Tucker, Katie Biggers (Matt), George Thomas, Annie and Pearl Sandridge and four great-grandchildren, Emma Grace Tucker, Wyatt and Kinley Tucker, and Tucker Price Biggers. She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Doris Pugh, of Charlotte Court House, VA.
A graveside service will be Thursday, April 5th, 3:00 pm at Eureka Baptist Church Cemetery in Keysville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in her memory to the Eureka Community House, P.O. Box 803, Keysville, VA 23947. Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is serving the family.