Roy Otis Ashley

Born: Tue., Oct. 28, 1941
Died: Sat., Jun. 20, 2015

Reception Following Service

Wed., Jun. 24, 2015
Location: Roy Ashley's Farm

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jun. 24, 2015
Location: White Plains Baptist Church

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Roy Otis Ashley
Roy Otis Ashley, age 73, of White Plains and Dunwoody, GA, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, GA. He was born on October 28, 1941, in Sandersville, GA, to the late Roy Ashley and Otelia Brookins Ashley. He married Toine Jones on August 20, 1964, and they lived in Dunwoody, Georgia, but also had a farm in White Plains where Roy loved to spend time.
Roy graduated from Greensboro High School in 1959 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. He attended Georgia Military Academy. He was the founder of Roy Ashley & Associates, Inc. and was the firm’s design visionary and president from 1974 until 2008.  A successor company called RAA Design, LLC was created in January of 2009 with Mr. Ashley serving as Principal.  
Roy was a great friend to many and a leader in his profession for over 50 years. He taught many professionals during his career and his methods will live on. His design vision is clear in and around the Southeast with projects including the Atlanta Airport, the 1996 Olympic Games, developments at Disney World, the U.S. Botanic Garden rose garden and many iconic office, hotel and retail  developments throughout the region.
He won numerous professional awards during his career and was a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, which is that organization’s highest honor. He was a master at taking nature and sculpting it into a beautiful environment that people appreciated. He had a special vision for the land and could immediately see how flowers, plants, trees, rocks and other hardscape elements could come together to create a veritable symphony of texture and form.
Roy was a member of White Plains Baptist Church.  He was very proud of his collection of farm machinery and he particularly loved Allis Chalmers tractors. One of his favorite sayings was “I am a tractor man”.
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Toine Ashley of Dunwoody, GA; three sons Kenneth Roy Ashley, his wife, Karen, and their children, Jonathan Bryce Ashley, Noah Walker Ashley, Meghan Elizabeth Ashley and Anna Grace Ashley of Dunwoody, GA, Michael Troy Ashley, his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Stella Emerson Ashley of Olathe, KS, and Walker Scott Ashley, his wife, Sharon, and their children, Chase Scott Ashley and Skyler Lynn Ashley of DeKalb, IL; other relatives and many, many friends.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Ashley in April of 1943 at the age of three.
A Funeral Service will be held at White Plains Baptist Church, 1020 Main Street East, White Plains, GA 30678 at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 with Rev. Craig Foster officiating.  Serving as pallbearers are Ray Moses, Steve Roberts, Wayne Corry, William Coleman, Frank Moore and Russell Wall.  Interment will follow at the Ashley Family Cemetery in White Plains.  Following the service there will be a reception and visitation at Roy’s farm.  A Memorial Service will be held at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 N. Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 at 11:00 a.m.  on Thursday, June 25, 2015 with Dr. Don Martin officiating.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Roy’s memory to the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30339.  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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Linda Brook McLeroy
   Posted Sun June 21, 2015
I was so saddened to hear that my old friend and classmate had passed away. Anytime old classmates gathered, Roy was always the same old Roy.. He'll be remembered with fondness and smiles.

God Bless You all

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Sun June 21, 2015
Sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Roy was such a genuine person. He loved his farm in White Plains and
enjoyed showing his tractors and equipment. He will be missed by many.

Terry & Elaine Cantrell

John & Carol McKinley
   Posted Sun June 21, 2015
Roy was a great friend and neighbor during our growing up years on our respective farms. We hunted together and were pals for many years. Adulthood and life's changing seasons caused us to go separate ways, but we could always recall those wonderful years of friendship whenever we saw each other. My friend will be greatly missed and I pray God's grace and comfort for Roy's family.

John McKinley

Ed Stone
   Posted Sun June 21, 2015
Roy Otis and I grew up together in Greene County although we did not become the best of friends until high school. In college at the UGA, we lived in the same apartment complex known as Ms. Speers. It was a joyous time in our lives and we created lifelong memories together. He was always the same old "Roy Otis" when he became well known in the landscaping business...he never changed. Hearing of his loss is a big loss of a great lifelong friend. His good deeds, affectionate smile will long be remembered among his friends. If Tonie gets this message, please let me know how to reach you so we can connect and remember some of our good times together. They were special. Love to the family, Ed "Slick" Stone.

Maner and Marjorie Ellenberg
   Posted Sun June 21, 2015
How saddened we were to hear of Roy Otis's passing! I shall always be thankful that Roy Otis's mother was my Principal when I attended and graduated from the seventh grade at White Plains School. Mrs. Ashley, also, taught me in the sixth and seventh grade. During part of these years, Roy Otis was a student there, also. He was greatly loved by his mother and father. He was a person of intelligence and integrity, always anxious to help, whose life and career were an inspiration to us all. He earned the respect of all who came in contact with him.
Our hearts are with you at this most difficult of times. You have our deepest sympathy.

Linda Strickland Bone
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
As Postmaster of White Plains since 1999 I only knew of Mr Roy through local stories that I had heard until after his retirement when he began frequenting the Post Office. Although he had beautiful penmanship he often asked me to address his correspondence which I gladly did-----something that could only be done in a small rural Post Office. I'm sure many wondered what was so special about White Plains to Mr. Roy but you only had to be around him a short time to realize how much he loved his hometown, the community and its people. He was known world wide for his accomplishments and he will be missed by many especially those in his beloved White Plains!!

Doug / Custom Printing
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
Rest In Peace Mr Roy

Thomas Family
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
We are so sorry about your dear loss. May God's wonderful promises of our enemy death, soon to be destroyed forever, and being reunited again with our loved ones, soothe your hearts in the days ahead (Isaiah 25:8; 26:8).

Keith and Cheryl Eley
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
Our hearts are heavy and sad of Mr.Roy Otis's passing. He was a southern gentleman and his happy spirit was contagious. He will be greatly missed.

Barbara & George Nathan
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
Roy was a great designer and most of all, a freind and a wonderful human being.
He will be missed by all.

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
So very sorry to learn of Roy's passing. Enjoyed some wonderful conversations over the years with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Brittany Leach
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
Deepest Sympathies and prayers for the family.

Frank & Greg Coleman
   Posted Mon June 22, 2015
We're so sorry for your loss! Roy was one of a kind and a leader in the landscape industry. He expected the "Best" from those he worked with and in turn he was a Loyal Advisor/friend. We'll remember Roy for his great stories and several great fishing trips we shared. God Bless your family!

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Tue June 23, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with each member of the Ashley Family during this time and in the weeks and days to come.

Roy Otis loved his family, country and especially being a FAVORITE SON
OF GREENE COUNTY, GA for which he would always take time to promote.

David Tennery
   Posted Tue June 23, 2015

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by David .

Being a good man in this life means something... and you Roy, are a VERY good man, indeed. We love you and will miss your earthly kindness, and we will miss those periodic shades of elegance that so well reflected your heart.. Rest well old friend, David & Sara Tennery

Jamie & Dollie Eley
   Posted Tue June 23, 2015
"You can take a boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of a boy." Roy moved to the big city but missed his country life and we were so glad that he returned back to White Plains. I will always remember the good times we had at the Farm. Roy was a part of our family. He was always welcomed at our Sunday dinners. Our friend will be truly missed and we will be praying for his family.

Ginger Eley
   Posted Tue June 23, 2015
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." -Revelation 21:4
My prayers are with the Ashley family

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Wed June 24, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Mary Veazey Poore
   Posted Wed June 24, 2015
I was so saddened to hear of Sprout's (Roy's) passing. He was so special to our family. He was definitely one of Daddy's favorite people and I always got the impression the feeling was mutual.You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.

David & Terri Church
   Posted Wed June 24, 2015
We were shocked and sad to hear the loss of Roy. We sure wish we could be there to say goodbye to our buddy. We had just spoke to him last week, when he told us about his accident. Roy played a large role and influence in our lives and music over the past 10 years. He was a true inspiration to all those whose lives he had a chance to be a part of. We treasure the time that we had with Roy at his farm in White Plains. We truly consider that one of our favorite places and he was one of our favorite people. From swatting bumble bees on the front porch to climbing on his beloved tractors, and listening to his stories, he was a treasure. And as Roy put it, "unbelievable" to be a friend to him.
As it said, "he was one hell of a nice guy" and will forever be missed! David and Terri Church

John Robbins
   Posted Thu June 25, 2015
Dear Ashley family,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Roy was a great, great man. He was visionary and legendary. He captivated and fascinated us all with his incredible stories, tremendous humor and love of life. He was bigger than life. He will be sorely missed.

Jae & John Robbins

Lauralee Hunter
   Posted Sat June 27, 2015
Toine, my love and sincere sympathy to you, Kenneth, Michael, and Scott and their families. When I would see Roy in Greensboro I would ask about all of you and Roy was so proud of his family and loved you all so much. I know you will miss him.
Lauralee Hunter