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Joseph Allen "Joey" Ashley

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Joseph "Joey" Allen

Ashley

Machinist Mate 2nd Class Joseph Allen Ashley (U.S.N.), a lifelong resident of Manchester, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 9, at the age of 24.

Joey died as a result of se vere head injuries he sus tained when the nuclear submarine U.S.S. San Francisco, home-based in Guam, ran aground while out on ma neuvers in the South Pacific.

He leaves parents, Daniel and Vicki Ashley of Manchester; brothers, Daniel Jr. (Dawn) of Canal Fulton, PFC Benjamin (Kati) of Fort Bragg, N.C.; grandparents, Joseph Jr. and Helen Ashley of Reedy, W. Va., Rev. Dallas and Ellen Smith of Harrisville, W. Va.; aunts and uncles, Linda June (Ashley) Fleisher of Akron, Les (Debbie) Ashley of Doylestown, Jim (Ly neen) Ashley of Reedy, W. Va., Dallas Jr. (Teri) Smith of Ross ville, Ga., Alfred (Kathy) Smith of Mason, Ohio, and Aaron (Barb) Smith of Manchester. He also leaves many close and loving cousins, shipmates, and friends.

Joey was a 1999 graduate of Manchester High School, where he was a member of the marching band and was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 118. After graduation, he chose to follow his father's footsteps and joined the Navy in 2001. He was also a member of both the Canal Fulton Baptist Church and the Akron Baptist Temple, and frequented many other churches in the area. Wherever he was based, he found a church to attend. Joey never met a stranger. His personality captured and affected each of us in its own way, and his memory will remain in our hearts forever. Joey was loved by all who knew him and we are all blessed to have had him in our lives, even for such a short time.

Dan and Vicki and family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming outpouring of love, support, and prayers during this very difficult time.

Funeral services will be Saturday, 8 p.m., at the Akron Baptist Temple, 2324 Manchester Rd., with Pastors George Stitz and Dallas Billing ton officiating. Friends may call at the AKRON BAPTIST TEMPLE ON SATURDAY, 2 to 7:30 p.m. Further services will be held Sunday in Spencer, W. Va. Bur ial with military honors will be at Fox Cemetery in Reedy, W. Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JOSEPH ASH LEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, in care of Manchester High School, 437 W. Nimisila Rd., Akron, Ohio 44319. (Swigart-Easterling, 330-854-2356.)
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Jan. 13, 2005
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