May 9, 1932-
January 18, 2014
Seattle, WA- Albert Ashe, Jr. was born on May 9, 1932 in Columbus, Georgia, son of Albert Ashe, Sr. and Lula Hudson Ashe. Raised in Columbus, he graduated from Spencer High School, then eagerly enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951. He served in Korea on the USS Herbert Thomas, in Antarctica on the USCGC Staten Island, in Vietnam (2 tours), as a Seabee, the Persian Gulf and other US Navy Ships. During his enlistment, he earned the National Defense Service Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Bronze Star, Operation Insignia Antarctica Service, Good Conduct, Fifth Award Fleet Marine Combat Vietnam Campaign and two Purple Hearts.
He married Barbara Ann Jackson on December 30, 1956. They were married for 48 years, separated by Barbara's death. They had four daughters, Sylvia, Stephanie, Vanessa and Angela. They enjoyed traveling around the country and abroad, settling in Seattle in 1971. He was a master chef, and enjoyed hosting dinners at home for family and friends, fishing at Westport and Alaska, and grand parenting!
Upon retirement from the Navy, Mr. Ashe managed the Chief Petty Officers Club at Sandpoint Naval Air Station, in Seattle. He also served with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) then returned to serve the US Navy with the Military Sealift Command (MSC).
On January 18, 2014 he departed this life for his eternal heavenly home.
To cherish his memory, he leaves behind his children, Sylvia (Mark) Lovitt, Stephanie (Stephen) Newby, Vanessa Ashe, Angela Ashe; grandchildren, Ashli, Carly and Silas; great grandchildren, Mikayla and Lukas; sister, Mary (Hugh) Pryear and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Jan. 23, 2014