James Martin Ashley Jr., 77, of Wilkesboro passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Cub Creek Baptist Church, with Pastor John Lewis and Frank Denny officiating. Burial will be in Cub Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Monday evening at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Mr. Ashley was born Nov. 27, 1941, in Wilkes County to James Martin Ashley Sr. and Geneva Sink Ashley. He retired after 35 dedicated years at Lowe’s Companies. During his employment, he worked as a store manager and a regional manager. James was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a member of Cub Creek Baptist Church, where he was a faithful deacon, loved and respected Sunday school teacher, member of the adult choir and hand bell choirs, was a Good News Club teacher and served on the building committee, the maintenance committee and the expansion committee.
James was an avid golfer. After retirement, he enjoyed spending his time working on his cattle farm and enjoying the beautiful mountain views. He was always helping with or attending many activities with his grandchildren. James was well-known for his love of his family, his church and his tremendous work ethic. His best friend, Bear, a black-Lab mix, was always at his side, waiting for the last bite of anything that James ate.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Ashley.
James is survived by his wife, Judy Ann Wayne Ashley of the home; two daughters, Jamie Ashley Beamon and Lorie Ashley Kerhoulas, both of Wilkesboro; a son, James Martin “Jimmy” Ashley III of Wilkesboro; five grandchildren, Anna Kerhoulas LaFave and husband, Ethan, Stephen Kerhoulas and fiancé, Clair Colburn, Martin Beamon, Jacob Beamon and Nicholas Ashley; a great-grandchild, Addy Billings; and two sisters, Ann Ashley and Jane Ashley, both of Wilkesboro.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in honor of grandchildren Anna and Jacob to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Piedmont Triad Chapter, 216 West Market Street, Suite B, Greensboro, N.C. 27401.
Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.