William Seaborn "Billy" Ashley Sr. died on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital, in Greensboro. He was 90.
A lifelong resident of Greene County, Mr. Ashley was born in Greensboro on June 17, 1924, son of the late Seaborn Ashley and Dana Smith Ashley. He graduated from Greensboro High School and married Mary Jean Holmes on September 8, 1946. They were married 62 years at the time of her death in 2009.
Mr. Ashley served in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II. During his life, he was in the mercantile, cattle, and forestry businesses, and was also a real estate developer. He served as vice chairman of the Greene County Commissioners from 1972 until 1980. Dedicated to serving Greene County, he was a member of the Jaycees Club, Lions Club, and American Legion. He was also Chairman of the Greene County Development Authority for 10 years and served on the Airport Authority for 12 years.
Mr. Ashley was a member of Greensboro United Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Council and numerous other committees.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ashley was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean Holmes Ashley; son, W. Seaborn Ashley Jr.; and sister, Caroline Ashley.
He is survived by his son, Eric Holmes Ashley (and his wife, Joanna), of Athens; and grandchildren, Greg Ashley (and his sons, William Seaborn Ashley III and Benjamin Andrews Ashley), of Watkinsville, Joy Ashley Sharp (and her husband, Kevin, and their daughter, Mary Jean Georgia Sharp), of Charlotte, N.C., Lisa Ashley Flynn (and her husband, Mike), of Atlanta, Erica Ashley, of Dallas, Texas, and Maria, Jack and Julia Johnston, of Athens; as well as other relatives and many, many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 8, at the First United Methodist Church North Campus, 202 West Broad Street, Greensboro, with the Revs. Richard Chewning and Mike Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in the Greensboro City Cemetery. Dick Schmidt, Jamie Reynolds, Lewis Brown, Charley Whittemore, Johnny Frantz, Ken Cawthon, Woody Hanson, Kenny Hyatt and Rabun Neal will serve as pallbearers. The honorary pallbearers will be Mutt Rhodes, Harold Wilson, James Taylor, Horace Harwell, Frances Byce and John Smith
The family requests that any memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642.
McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro, is in charge of the arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
McCommons Funeral Home - Greensboro
109 W. Broad Street P.O. Box 29
Greensboro, GA 30642
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Aug. 8, 2014