William Seaborn Ashley, Sr.

Born: Tue., Jun. 17, 1924
Died: Tue., Aug. 5, 2014


Visitation

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 07, 2014
Location: McCommons Funeral Home


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Aug. 08, 2014
Location: First United Methodist Church of Greensboro - North Campus


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William Seaborn “Billy” Ashley, Sr. died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, GA.  He was 90.  A lifelong resident of Greene County he was born on June 17, 1924 in Greensboro the son of the late Seaborn Ashley and Dana Smith Ashley.  He graduated from Greensboro High School and married Mary Jean Holmes  on September 8, 1946.  They were married 62 years at the time of her death in 2009.  During World War II he served in the United States Air Corp.  During his life he was in the mercantile business, cattle and forestry business and also a real estate developer.  He served as vice chairman of the Greene County Commissioners from 1972 until 1980.  Dedicated to serving Greene County, he was a member of the Jaycees Club, Lions Club, American Legion, Chairman of Greene County Development Authority for 10 years and served on the Airport Authority for 12 years.  Mr. Ashley was a member of Greensboro United Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Council and numerous other committees.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Jean Holmes Ashley; son, W. Seaborn Ashley, Jr.; and sister Caroline Ashley. Mr. Ashley is survived by his son, Eric Holmes Ashley and wife Joanna of Athens, GA; grandchildren, Greg Ashley and his sons, William Seaborn Ashley III and Benjamin Andrews Ashley of Watkinsville, GA, Joy Ashley Sharp and husband Kevin and their daughter, Mary Jean Georgia Sharp of Charlotte, NC, Lisa Ashley Flynn and husband Mike of Atlanta, GA, Erica Ashley of Dallas, TX, and Maria, Jack and Julia Johnston of Athens, GA; other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church North Campus, 202 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Mike Morgan  officiating. Interment will follow in the Greensboro City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Dick Schmidt, Jamie Reynolds, Lewis Brown, Charley Whittemore, Johnny Frantz, Ken Cawthon, Woody Hanson, Kenny Hyatt and Rabun Neal. Honorary pallbearers are Mutt Rhodes, Harold Wilson, James Taylor, Horace Harwell, Frances Byce and John Smith. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday night at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that any memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 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 www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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David and Terri Thornton
   Posted Wed August 06, 2014
Eric, David & I were sad to hear of Mr. Billy's death. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Wed August 06, 2014
Eric and family, our sincere sympathy to each of you in the passing of
of your dad and granddaddy. Mr. Billy has alway been a fine southern gentleman. He leaves a legacy of influenitial insight and wisdom of business that helped to prosper Greene county. He was blessed with a wonderful family that he was so truly proud of.
May the wonderful and happy memories be cherished.



Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Wed August 06, 2014

Dear Family,

God Bless all of you at this time. Billy was a good friend of mine.

Blessings,
Betty Jo

Greg & Cathy Murphy
   Posted Wed August 06, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Wed August 06, 2014
Eric,
So sorry to hear of Mr. Billy's passing. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Billy, Mrs. Jean, and Seab were special and will be remembered for their kindness to others.

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Wed August 06, 2014
Joy and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Billy's passing. We know he is so happy to be reunited with his beloved Mary Jean! What a sweet man and we know you will miss him so. We have sure missed his smiling face at church. Prayers and love to your entire family.

J. Smith Oliver, Sr.
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
My condolences to the Ashley family.
My family, the Ford Oliver family of Greensboro , had ties to the Ashley family through the Methodist Church, oldest sibling of same age as Billy and graduating with Billy, and shopping with Mr. Seaborn at his merchandise store. I have many happy memories of our affiliation with the family.
God Bless and may 'He Rest in Peace' .

CARLENE NOGGLE
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Dear Eric, Joy and families,
I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Billy's passing. He was such a sweet and kind person...a TRUE southern gentleman. We always enjoyed talking to him at the BBQ. He will be missed very much, but we take comfort in knowing that he is now with our Heavenly Father and that God has promised us we will see our loved ones again.

In deepest sympathy,
Carlene Noggle and family.

Billy Corry
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Eric, Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He led a full life.

Clifford and Mary Jackson
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Dear Joy
We are so sorry to hear of your Grandfather's passing. Such a fine man who loved and was loved by his family and friends. We are very sorry for
your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kevin, Eric, Lisa and
Erica and the family.
Mary and Clifford

Gail & Gene Lindsey
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Dear Eric and Family,

We were saddened to learn of Mr. Billy's passing. He was a true gentleman, always so kind and friendly.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to your family.

Gene Rotruck
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Dear Eric, Joy, and your respective families,

I extend heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Billy. I know that he is better off now with his reunion with sweetheart Mary Jean. They were both a joy in our lives.

Missy Gazaway
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Joy,

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Wanda Thomason
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014

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Jane Cobb
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
My sympathy to the family. The family was always so kind to welcome Howell and me to Greensboro. I always appreciated his coming to devotion at Savannah Court and missed him last week. Sincerely, Jane Cobb

Victoria Jackson
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Fri August 08, 2014
Ashley Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come.


Rebekah and Jason Rizner
   Posted Fri August 08, 2014
Joy,
We are sorry to hear the news of Pop's passing. May you take comfort in knowing that an angel is watching over you and your precious family.
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Al Cason
   Posted Fri August 08, 2014
Eric-- Sad to learn of your dad's passing. You have my deepest sympathy
in your time of sorrow.

Jimmy Thomas
   Posted Sat August 09, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Ashley family.

Jeni and Mike Norris
   Posted Mon August 11, 2014
Eric,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ann Wilson
   Posted Mon August 11, 2014
Deepest sympathy to the family. Praying that God will comfort each of you.

William Poole
   Posted Tue August 12, 2014
My sincere condolences.

Ruth Hendrix
   Posted Fri August 22, 2014
Joy and family- how fortunate to have had a grandparent to live a long and fruitful life. He was a real Greene countian to remember.

Jessica Short
   Posted Sat August 23, 2014
Eric, You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. It was and honor to care for your father, thank you for sharing him with us!