Charles Kenneth Ashley, Sr.
February 22, 1928 - September 14, 2021
Haltom City, Texas - Charles Kenneth Ashley, Sr., 93, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Sept 14, 2021.
Funeral: 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, Greenwood Chapel, with Pastor Shane Scott Officiating. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.
Kenneth was born Feb. 22,1928, to James "Pete" and Mary Pearl Ashley in Olney, Texas. He grew up and went to school in Wichita Falls where he made numerous lifelong friends and met his future wife that lived only a few blocks from his home. In 1945, Ken joined the U.S. Navy after wrecking his dads car for the third time. He served aboard the USS Gratia and was stationed in Hawaii. When he was discharged he went back to Wichita Falls to finish high school. After graduating high school Ken moved to Fort Worth to work at Convair and follow his love, Shirley Price. they were married July 7, 1950, in Wichita Falls.
Shortly after their wedding, the Korean War began and Ken was going to have to go active again in the Navy. He didn't want to leave Shirley and go to sea, so he joined the Air Force. They traveled together to several Air bases where he was a mechanic on the B36 and other planes until the end of the Korean War when they moved back to Fort Worth.
Ken worked at the Tarrant County Courthouse and the FHA/HUD department of Housing and Urban Development as an appraiser until his retirement in 1994. He was also a Real Estate Broker.
Ken loved to travel. He spent his retirement traveling by motor home all over the U.S. with family. He loved family and loved to sit around a campfires and talk.
Ken could fix anything and he loved to help his friends, neighbors and family fix things, from a hot water heater to a problem with a car, truck or lawn mower, he could fix them all. Most of all, he loved to help his two sons.
He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and the Tarrant County Masonic Lodge.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; brother-in-law, Mel Price; and his younger siblings, J.P. Ashley and Demaris Bodnar.
Survivors: Sons, Charlie Ashley and Clark Ashley and wife, Wendy; granddaughter, Hope Stuart and fiancé, Colby; grandson, Carson Ashley; Doug Jarvis; as well as other cousins, nieces and nephews.
Published by Star-Telegram on Sep. 22, 2021.