Richard W. ‘Dick’ Ashley, Jr., age 66 of Murfreesboro died Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at his home with his family by his side. Dick was born March 7, 1942 in McDowell County, West Virginia to the late Richard W. Ashley, Sr. and Anna Josephine Howell.
Dick graduated from Lansing High School in 1959 and worked at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in West Jefferson. Dick graduated from the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science in Ohio in 1965. He moved to Robersonville and worked at Biggs Funeral Home until December 1966, he then moved to Ahoskie and worked at Garrett Funeral Home as Funeral Director, Manager and became co-owner in 2007.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 3:00 PM in the Ashley Chapel of Garrett Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Dr. Jesse Croom and Rev. James Hester will officiate.
Left to cherish Dick’s memory is his daughter Yvonne A. Smith of Ahoskie, his son Richard Michael Ashley of Clayton, his sisters Patricia A. White of Horseshoe, Joyce Douglas of Sparta, his brothers Quincy R. Ashley of North Wilkesboro and Jerralld D. Ashley of Marion,VA, four grandchildren McCrae Ashley of Ahoskie, Matthew Smith of Ahoskie, Chris Smith, US Navy (currently deployed) and Jordan Ashley of Williamston and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Garrett Funeral Home. Flowers are welcome and memorials may be made to Meherrin Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, American Cancer Society , Hospice or to the charity of one’s choice.
Chuck Jones and his staff at Garrett Funeral Home-Ashley Chapel are deeply saddened at the loss of our co-owner, manager and friend. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to Dick’s family.