Mary Jean Holmes Ashley

Born: Thu., Jan. 6, 1927
Died: Sun., Jun. 7, 2009

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Mary Jean Holmes Ashley, died Sunday, June 7, 2009 at her residence in Greensboro, Georgia. She was 82. Mrs. Ashley was born in Wayne County, Michigan on January 6, 1927. She was the daughter of Florence Gunter Holmes and Eric Holmes, who moved their family to Union Point, Georgia in 1929, where she graduated from Union Point High School. She attended LaGrange College, and then met and married William Seaborn Ashley, Sr. on September 8, 1946. They were married 62 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro, where she taught Sunday School and served in many departments in the church. Mrs. Ashley was actively involved in the planning and construction of the church''s second campus on Lake Oconee. She was an avid volunteer in Greene County, and was honored with the Greene County Volunteer of the Year award in 1985. Above all, she dedicated her entire life to her family and friends, whom she loved so dearly.

Mrs. Ashley is survived by her husband, William Seaborn Ashley, Sr.; her son, Eric Holmes Ashley of Watkinsville, GA; four grandchildren, Gregory Seaborn and Laura Huffman Ashley of Atlanta, GA, Mary Joy, Lisa and Erica Ashley all of Athens, GA; one great grandchild, William Seaborn Ashley, III; two brothers, Paul and Gwen Holmes of Athens, GA, Eric and Marion Holmes of Duluth, GA; Joe and Pat Whittemore of Hartwell, GA, Freddie Whittemore of Hollywood, FL, and Charles and Debbie Whittemore of Athens, GA; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, William Seaborn Ashley, Jr.; her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Seaborn and Dana Ashley; and her sister-in-law, Caroline Ashley.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Greensboro with Rev. Richard Chewning officiating. Interment will follow in the Greensboro City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Harold Reynolds, Jamie Reynolds, Dick Schmidt, Mickey Channell, Lewis Brown, Stanley Brown, Mickey Fountain and Mike Fitzgerald. Honorary pallbearers are Chad Whittemore, Johnny Frantz, Ken Hyatt, Jon Whittemore, Pat Manese, Andrew Holmes, Steve Vermillion and Melvin Charles. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday night at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that any memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church South Campus Building Fund, P. O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Jimmy Channell
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
My heart and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.. May God comfort the family in the days to come.

   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Dear Mr. Billy, Eric and family, I was so saddened to hear of "Miss Mary Jean's" passing...She was one of the sweetest and most kind Ladies I have ever known and I will surely miss her coming in to Holcomb's...Please know that we will be keeping you all in our prayers. May Our Good Lord be with you all and comfort you in the days to come. In deepest sympathy, Carlene, Amanda, and Daniel Noggle

   Posted Mon June 08, 2009

David and Barbara Oveton
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

dianne f. mckinley
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
my prayers are with the family in the loss of such a sweet and kind lady

Kathy (Harwell) Ivey
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Mr. Billy and family, I was so very sorry to hear that Ms. Mary Jean had passed away. I was so very fond of her. She was such a sweet lady, and always greeted me with a smile. Please know that all of you are in my prayers.

Susan and Henry Hobbs
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Dear Billy and Eric, So sad to hear of Mary Jean's passing. She was so sweet and so special. I will never forget our "chats" together after Caroline passed away,and we miss her every day. Mary Jean embraced us like family. We will miss her, but know that she is in a better and painless place. Eric, I lost my Mama in hurts. We are here for you and your Dad. Our love to the entire family. Sincerely, Susan, Henry, Brittany and Jules

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Oh my gosh, I just learned of Mary Jean's death and I am so devastated! Billy, I will miss her so much as I know you will and I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very special, special lady and I had no idea she was in this bad of shape from that horrible disease! Herb and I give you all our love and will see you tonight.

Tony Barnhart
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Dear Eric and Mr. Billy, I can't tell you how heartbroken I was to hear that we had lost "Momma Jean." Please know that Maria and I send you our love and that you will be in our prayers. The Ashley family adopted me early in life and for that I will always be grateful. I will never forget all the wonderful trips to Athens, Daytona Beach, and all of times you invited me into your home. Momma Jean believed in me long before I believed in myself. She always told me that she expected big things from me. She always told me that I had the talent to do whatever I wanted to do in life. She was right, of course. Momma Jean was always right. I hope I made you proud. Tony

LaVerne Ogletree
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Please accept my sincere sympathy. Mrs. Mary Jean was a true "Southern Lady" and will be missed by so many. God be with you. LaVerne Ogletree

Rick and Tommi Ward
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Billy and Eric, You know how special Mary Jean was to me--we shared so many secrets and laughs. I can't tell you how I will miss our long conversations. May God hold all of us in His arms at this difficult time, and let's remember all of our wonderful memories--too many to ever count. Love to all, Tommi (Teach) and Rick Ward

Jim Hudson
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Mary Jean. Please know that all the family are in my thoughts and prayers. ------ Jim Hudson

Jimmy & Kay Baynes
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Heaven is even nicer today with Mary Jean there.

Andrea and Bob Roper
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Our deepest sympathy is with you. Mrs. Mary Jean will be greatly missed. Andrea, Bob, Cheney and Hutch Roper

John M. Gaultney
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Eric, please accept our deepest sympathy. John and Cindy Gaultney

Jonathan King
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
2 Corinthians 5:8 "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jonathan

Dianne Moore Bennett
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
I am very sorry to learn of the death of your mama. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Constance Wev Algermissen
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
Never easy to lose a wife/a mother/a loved person/a grandmother/who is the head of the family unit. This is the person who keeps the Glue together keeping the entire clan together for all-important gatherings within the family unit… To keep the lines of communications open for all members of the family… for each generation to know and realize how important each person truly is to each person. Now this lovely gesture just drops to the eldest in the family of children. or to the person who has the greatest gift of keeping the lines of communications open with all members of the immediate families. May the Lord Keep You together over these next few months as you gather your life to restart over again, alone. It will not be easy, however, if you ask GOD to help you will not have any difficultly in doing so…for it is truly amazing how GOD works wonders in our daily lives. With your lovingly family and close friends I am quite sure you will find the strength to continue to live a normal life, a little different granted, however you will still find new enlivenment in your daily routine of life once again. Just remember GOD does works wonder when we least expect an event to happen in our daily lives. Remember to always put YOUR Trust in HIS Hands daily, & GOD will still work wonders for you… sincerely yours Constance & Herbert Algermissen

bertha turner
   Posted Mon June 08, 2009
thinking off you and god bless you bertha turner and sara dreyer

Bill Crawford
   Posted Tue June 09, 2009
Mr. Billy and Eric, I,m so sorry to hear of your loss. I lived with my aunt and uncle(Mr. Ralph and Miss Ida Windsor)in 1962-1964 and remember Miss Mary Jean very well. My sympathies and condolencies go out to you and your family at this very difficult time.

Janet & George Stapleton
   Posted Tue June 09, 2009
Mr. Billy, so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many. Please know that you are in our prayers.

Jo and Beth Kenimer
   Posted Tue June 09, 2009
Billy, Eric and Family: Our heart felt sympathies upon the death of Mary Jean. We have the fondest memories of her and your family from our earliest childhood. She was much appreciated for all the caring, enthusiasm, interest and love she always showed us. We particularly appreciate the beautiful friendship she had with our mother. May God grant you peace and thanksgiving for her life well lived. Jo Nixon and Beth Leibach

Tammy Simons Underwood
   Posted Tue June 09, 2009
Mrs. Mary Jean was so dear to so many. Always had something nice to say. I have memories of trick or treating when I was small, then she always wanted me to bring my sons by on Halloween too. Enjoy you memories of such a sweet and caring lady. Bless you all.

Ralph Boswell
   Posted Tue June 09, 2009
Mr. Billy & Eric, Mrs. Mary Jean was such a dear person to our entire family. I have remembered so many memories from my childhood where she was an integral part. Friendships that last a lifetime are not to be taken for granted. They are a gift. Mama and Daddy loved her deeply and felt deeply loved by her. I feel grateful to have witnessed and shared in that friendship. We grieve with you. With Love, Ralph Boswell

Charlie and Paula Hooper
   Posted Tue June 09, 2009
Eric, Please know how much we are thinking of you and your family during these difficult days. Our only encounter with your mother was in the chemo doctor's office, when she was first diagnosed. Amid all that she was going through, she was a gracious, kind and thoughtful lady to all around her. Simply meeting her on that day was an inspiration that we will cherish always. What a remarkable lady she must have been. Our prayers are with you.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Wed June 10, 2009
Mr. Billy, Eric and Family, We will always remember Ms. Mary Jean as a true Southern Lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and the weeks to come.

Reid Callaway and Family
   Posted Wed June 10, 2009
Our prayers are with you in this time of sorry and loss. May the Holy Spirit comfort you and only He can. What a blessed Hope we have in Jesus that we shall see our loved ones again. Come quickly Lord Jesus......

Percy and June Meeks
   Posted Thu June 11, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Annette & Robert Dowdy
   Posted Fri June 12, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs Mary Jean was a lovely person, who always had a smile and a friendly word for everyone.

Kay Lewis Lapeyre
   Posted Wed June 17, 2009
Please know that you all have my deepest sympathy in your loss. Mary Jean was a lovely lady and a gracious neighbor. She surely influenced everyone around her for good.