Lucille Evans Ashley of Ridgecrest, La., died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Destin, Fla., where she had resided with her daughter for the past 15 months. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel in Natchez, Miss., with the Rev. Don Bush of Shreveport, La., officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Natchez.
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Visitation will be 12:30 p.m., Saturday, until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Ashley was born in Lincoln County, Miss., to Lucretia Porter Evans and Hilary Evans. She went to school in Brookhaven, Miss., and later became a registered nurse. Lucille married James E. Ashley of Wilkinson County, Miss. They lived a number of years in Germany while James was in the military, and she traveled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean. Lucille loved to travel, cruise and especially to dance and enjoyed golf at the Panola Woods County Club. She was a faithful member of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church and a long time member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed participating in Eastern Star Chapter 37 in Vidalia.
Mrs. Ashley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; one daughter, Gerldean "Geri" Randall; one grandson, Stan Allen; and one great-great-granddaughter, Lillian Napier.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Dale Watson and son-in-law, Abe Watson, of Destin, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jack Wellborn, Jr., James Wellborn and wife, Renee, and John Wellborn all of Destin, Sheri Johnson and husband, Johnnie, David Allen and wife, Margaret, of Natchez, Dana Allen and wife, Dana, of Lafayette, La., and Josh Randall and wife, Katherine, of Baton Rouge, La.; one step-granddaughter, Alicelyn Hudson and husband, Ames, of Destin; 11 great-grandchildren, Ashlee and husband, Paul, Emily and husband, Dustin, Caroline, Ashton, Jack III, Josephine, Hillary, Chelsea, Jordan, Brook and Easton; three great-great-grandchildren, Chloe, Carter and J.P. She is also survived by cherished nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Pallbearers will be Jack Wellborn, Jr., John Wellborn, David Allen, Dana Allen, Josh Randall and Paul Scarpulla.
Mrs. Ashley inspired her family with her courage, her tenacity and her strength. She had a great love of life, and she will be remembered by her great spirit.
Special thanks from the family to the nurses and staff at Grand Boulevard Health and Rehab and Fr. Frank Cooper, Mrs. Ruth Rosselle, and Deacon Bob Dean of Christ the King Episcopal Church, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Online condolence may be sent to the family at www.lairdfh.com.
Laird Funeral Home Chapel - Natchez
408 North Union Street Natchez , MS 39120
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Nov. 9, 2013