Ernestine Moore Ayscue

February 25, 1930 - July 10, 2016

02/25/1930 - 07/10/2016

Past Services

Wednesday July 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Rich Square
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
Thursday July 14, 2016
11:00 am
Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910

SCOTLAND NECK, NC- Ms. Ernestine Moore Ayscue, age 86, died peacefully, July 10, 2016, at Golden Living Nursing Center in Tarboro.

Ms. Ayscue was born February 25, 1930, in Wake County, to William Zollie and Beatrice Jones Moore. She was a proud graduate, at the top of her class, of Park View Nursing School in Rocky Mount. Ms. Ayscue worked as a registered nurse for over forty years, in Halifax and surrounding counties. Dedicated to the end, she has donated her body to the Brody School of Medicine, Greenville. She was a great cook, had a green thumb, and made beautiful quilts. Ernestine was an avid reader and enjoyed talking about books and current events with her family. She also loved her dogs, cats, and bird watching.

She is predeceased by her parents, and her sisters, Evelyn Moore Kitchen, Mattie Frances Moore Jones, and Camilla Moore Baisey.

She is survived by her children, James Clifford “Cliff” Ayscue, Jr. and Martha Kelly Ayscue; two grandchildren, Lydia Grace Howard and her husband, Brandon, and Travis Michael Dickens. She also leaves behind her nieces and nephews, and her little dog, Dixie.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2016, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 11:00 am, both at Garrett Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square, NC.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Golden Living Nursing Center of Tarboro, and to Asera Care Hospice, of Winterville, for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Ayscue family and online condolences may be directed to them by visiting

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Mary Dunn
7 years ago

Kelly, Lydia, Travis and Cliff,
A very special person has left us but the love, laughter and wisdom she left behind will touch us forever. She always made me feel like an extended part of the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Mary, Norman and Family

Becky Alexander
7 years ago

I have just heard about your Mom and I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad that I visited with her while she was at Golden Living. I thought a lot of your Mom, she has always been such a good friend of mine. We had some good and interesting times working together at OUR Community Hospital. My thought and prayers are with all of you.

Sherry Crosby
7 years ago

Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” help you cope during this difficult time of sorrow… (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) And may his promises found in his word the Bible give you a hope for the future regarding your dead loved ones. The following link will take you to a tract entitled, Can the Dead Really Live Again? It has brought many comfort and I hope it will do the same for you during your time of loss.

Sharon Ballard
7 years ago

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounds like she was an amazing person! I am thinking about your and your family.

Paul Ward
7 years ago

Didn’t know her well, but I sure enjoyed the baked goods she has sent to the Jr Order over the years

Ellen Mitchell
7 years ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Herbert Watson
7 years ago

To the family of Ernestine Moore Ayscue, Very sorry for the loss of your mother. Always enjoyed talking and laughing with her. May GOD comfort you at this sad time.

Peggy Howard
7 years ago

Kelly, Cliff, Lydia, and Travis – I wish to express my heartfelt condolences in the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. I never had the opportunity to meet Ernestine but it is evident she loved life and giving of herself. My thoughts and prayers are with you.