• "I just heard Bro Joel passed. I thought the world of him. ..."
    - Rhonda Moseberth Bennett

Joel Murray Ash of Macclenny, Florida passed away August 1, 2018 at the age of 69. He spent his final hours peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved family and friends. Joel was born January 28, 1949 in Lake City, Florida to Fred and Annie Smith Ash. Raised in Lake Butler, Florida he eventually settled in Macclenny, Florida where he lived most of his life.
A long-time member of Taylor Church and then Manntown Church Joel loved nothing more than joyfully celebrating His Saviour in the company and blessed fellowship of his precious Church family. Praise, prayer and the preaching of God's Word in the House of God were the highlight of his week.
Social by nature, Joel was a people person and especially enjoyed those times when he was surrounded by those nearest and dearest to him. Kindhearted and filled with good humor, he always added laughter and life to the party. Some of his favorite activities were camping, fishing, playing horseshoes, cookouts and family gatherings. Joel also lived a rich and varied life in the job market with careers that included time as a State Trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol, owner and operator of a Chevron service station in Tampa, Florida, and Labor Coordinator for CISCO, finally retiring as a Sales Representative for Lance, Inc.
Joel is preceded by his parents, and daughter Amy Dianne Ash. He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Nancy Hartley Ash; his children, Joel Marty Ash (Stephanie) of Middleburg, FL; Amanda Ash Kern (Gregory) of Sacramento, CA; Jana Marie Ash and Jina Ash McDougald (Chris) both of Macclenny, FL; his sisters, Linda Ann Norris of Orlando, FL; Karen Ash of Lake Butler,Fl; Noreen Lee (Mike) of Lulu, FL; his brother, Larry Buddy Ash (Kay) of Lake Butler, FL; and ten grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb, Jordan, Abigail, Micah, Joel, Morgan, Mady-Belle, Braelynn, and Bentley.
Visitation and viewing is scheduled for 3 to 5 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Manntown Church in Glen St. Mary, FL. A memorial service is planned for 2 pm on Monday, August 6, 2018, at Manntown Church followed by a graveside service at Macedonia Cemetery in Baker County, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home located at 55 North Lake Avenue, Lake Butler, FL. For more information, please call (386) 496-2008.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2018
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