Some called him Ashby but we at Yancey called him John. John hired me in 1973, I was 25, John was 49. Some years later I went into management and John was my mentor and remained my mentor my whole career at Yancey. John picked up on the fact that I talked too much and one day in his office he said "Bill do you know why God gave you two ears and one mouth?" I sat there for a long moment and looked into his eyes and said, "yes sir I think I do!" I have tried to live by that guiding principal since that day. Thank you John, my mentor.
My condolences to the entire family