LUTHER AUGUSTA ASHLEY, MSGT (RET)
MACON – MSgt Luther A. "Pops" Ashley, went to be forever with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 6, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue with burial and full Military Honors in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Craig Holmes and the Rev. Justin Teate will officiate. Members of the 202nd Engineering Squadron and members of the 116th Civil Engineering Squadron are asked to sit as a group at the service. The family will meet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Source of Light Ministries International, 1011 Mission Road, Madison, GA 30690.
MSgt Ashley, son of the late Burdick Ashley and Annie Pearl Howard Ashley Floyd, was born in Laurens County and had lived in Macon most of his life. MSgt Ashley served with the U. S. Marine Corps for two years during the Korean Conflict before enlisting in the Georgia Air National Guard where he served for thirty-three years with the 202nd Engineering Installation Squadron. He was an aircraft electrician with Robins Air Force Base retiring after twenty-three years which combined for a total of fifty-eight years of distinguished Federal Service.
MSgt Ashley was preceded in death by his lifelong sweetheart and wife of sixty-one years, Sara Lucille Ashley. He was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors while fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball where he was given the name "Pops" by the players, their families and other coaches at Western Little League. He was a kind, patient and gentle man who touched the lives and hearts of everyone he met with his generous servant's heart. He attended Gilead Baptist Church.
A loving and devoted father and grandfather, he is survived by his family whom he adored, his son, MSgt David L. Ashley of Flowery Branch; three grandchildren, Brittany Ashley of Macon, Brett (Megan) Ashley of Tampa, FL and Brooke Ashley of Macon; his great granddaughter, Paisley Brooke White of Macon; his uncle, Kelly C. Fordham of Macon; his aunt, Atha Howard of Jacksonville, FL; his sister-in-law, Frances Ashley of Cadwell and several nieces.
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Snow's Memorial Chapel Funeral and Cremation Services, Pio Nono Avenue has charge of arrangements.