James Doyle Ash
Memorial Park
2030 Memorial Park Road
Gainesville, GA
James Doyle Ash, age 57, of Gainesville passed away on Friday, March 12, 2010, at his home with his wife and son beside him. Jim had battled brain cancer for six months.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment will be in Memorial Park Mausoleum following the funeral service. The Rev. Bill Combs, Rector of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, will officiate at the service. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 14, 2010, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Monday, March 15, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jim was born in Walton County to the late James R. M. Ash and Odessa Presley Ash. He moved to Hall County at an early age where he lived for the remainder of his life. He was a graduate of Gainesville High School. While attending Gainesville College, he worked in construction. Jim joined the Hall County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy in November of 1973. During his law enforcement career, he worked in Patrol and Investigations, rising through the ranks to the position of Captain where he served as the

Commander of the Jail for many years before retiring in 2003. His expertise in construction and jail operations resulted in his being requested to return to the Sheriff's Office in 2004 to oversee the construction of the new Hall County Jail. It was completed ahead of schedule and under budget in 2007. During this time, he also served as the Major over Sheriff's Services, directing operations of the Jail, Warrants and Courthouse functions. He again retired from the Sheriff's Office in March of 2008.

Jim embraced his all too short retirement, traveling extensively with his wife, Chris, to such places as Canada, Prague, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Italy and several other Mediterranean countries. He was preparing to visit Israel for the second time when he was diagnosed with cancer. Retirement also gave him the time and opportunity to indulge in such activities as studying Spanish and taking classes in culinary arts and ballroom dancing. He enjoyed raising cattle and trout, riding his tractor, vegetable gardening and watching the birds and wildlife on his property.

Jim was a member and past president of the Gainesville Lions Club and a member of Stone Lodge 715 F&AM for nearly 34 years.

He also belonged to the FBI National Academy Associates and the Peace Officers Association of Georgia. Jim especially enjoyed his weekly Bible study group and his Thursday night supper club meetings. He was a member of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, a church he loved and where he truly felt at home.

Jim is survived by his wife, Christina Robertson Ash; his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and John Roberts of Oceanside, Calif.; his son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Casey Ash of Savannah; his sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Alvin Clifton of Stone Mountain; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ransome and Cora Ash of Dahlonega and Jerry and Kathy Ash of Winder; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Lynda Robertson of Clermont; and his four grandchildren, Carson and Mason Ash of Savannah and Amber and Dylan Roberts of Oceanside, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 2920 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood, GA 30566.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504 is in charge of arrangements.

Send online condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Published by gainesvilletimes.com on Mar. 14, 2010.
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A very great guy and a truly good friend.
Rickey Tumlin
March 8, 2021
Chris, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim was a longtime friend besides being a co-worker. He will be sorely missed. I'll always treasure his friendship. Take comfort in the thought that you will be reunited one day.
Rickey & Florence Tumlin
March 24, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Beverly Bonnette Andersen
March 20, 2010
Sympathy to your family
Bobby Kirby
March 20, 2010
God's speed Jim. Always a kind and professional man that I will remember with fondness the times that our paths intersected in the line of duty. Peace and comfort to your family until you meet again.
Bob Anderson
March 18, 2010
Chris; Theresa and I are very much in prayer at this time for you at your time of loss. Jim was my closest friend and his memory will always be very close to me. He will always and forever be a great man and great friend in the truest sense of the word. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Curtis Stewart
March 18, 2010
Jennifer and Jessie
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. May God bless the entire family during this sad time.
Aunt Dorothy Clark
Aunt Vera Clark
Aunt Winnie Schnell
March 17, 2010
God bless Chris and the entire Ash family in their loss of this good friend, a great man.
Lee Darragh
March 16, 2010
Jessie and Jennifer;I did not know your father in a personal fashion but through my knowledge of the sweetness and good character of the two of you from preteen years to the present I am able to know him rather well. He was one of the good ones and I am saddened at his passing. Now, you will grieve for your dad and I will grieve for you. Most of this will finally pass then the memories of your wonderful father will become dearer, sweeter and much more flavorful.Jessie,Jennifer and Mrs.Ash, may our Creator hold and comfort you.
Ben Forrester
March 15, 2010
One of the good ones, that describes Major Jim Ash. We have been left with a blank space in our lives. Although Jim has been healed of the cancer and is now home we all wish that we had more time with him. On Tuesday, we will gather to celebrate his life and to let Chris and the rest of his family know what he meant to all of us.

Chris I wanted you to know that Jim was a special person to me and my family. The way he lived was an example for me. He lived his life for an audience of One.

I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of some of Jim's wisdom. As was his habit when he shared this wisdom, he would look at you over the top of his glasses with his head tilted down and start out in his usual way… “Friend" he would say and then one day he said the thing that will stay with me forever, "there will be lots of choices and decisions to be made in this lifetime…be sure that when you make those choices and decisions that your heart is in the right place.”

Jim was one of the few that got it right. He did little, thoughtful things like stopping on his way home to sit and visit with a sick neighbor often taking groceries with him or a treat that he knew that person particularly liked. He would bring gifts back from trips and give them to friends. He was always thinking of others and would share what he had if he knew that it would somehow help someone else. He was always quiet about the things he did, never boastful but living for the audience of One.

I believe that Jim’s audience of One is his Lord. He went about his life quietly doing the things that felt right in his heart. Jim Ash got what life was about and he got his journey right. Jim Ash was such a special person. My heart goes out to you Chris because not only have you lost your husband but your best friend. That’s another thing he got right…family. He knew the value of his wife and family.

To Chris, Jennifer and Jesse I want you to know that you are in my prayers and especially to Jennifer and Jesse....your Dad was one of the good ones....and he will be missed.
Melissa Bollinger
March 15, 2010
Our hearts go out to you & your family now & in the days ahead.
Chris, you will not know me by my name, but I used to wait on you & James at CVS pharmacy. He was such a great guy, always had me laughing before the left the drive-thru.
I also found out that "Red" was his brother. My husband used to work with him in construction about 30 years ago.
We also knew his mom & dad, I never knew this when I used to talk to him. Sure wish that I had known it then. His mom gave my daughter (who is now 32) a Raggedy Ann doll & she still has it.
Take care & know that you are in everyones prayers.
Russ & Carol McGee
March 15, 2010
To Jerry and The Ash family. Please know our prayers and condolences are with you.
Jeff and Jessica Culverhouse
March 15, 2010
Our sympathies to Jim's family. Always a true professional.
-Ginger Buffington Folger and the Staff of US Bonds
March 15, 2010
Your family is in my prayers. I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Major Ash was a kind, capable and strong leader. He will be missed.
Anne Watson
March 15, 2010
Chris and family, you have my thoughts and prayers with you during this time of sorrow and grief. If I can do anything please let me know. Cindy Wydick
Cindy Wydick (Meyer-Perry)
March 15, 2010
We were so sorry to hear about Jim. I know Jim is in a better place and enjoying peace from pain. Danny is very upset about Jim. He felt toward Jim like a brother. He enjoyed you and Jim stopping by our shop in Rabbittown.
Danny & Leilani Effler
March 15, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Betty & Roger McFall
March 15, 2010
Chris, may the time you and Jim shared help you through the grieving process. You and Jim were such a good example of how a couple should love each other. With love - Dianne and Walter Hight
March 15, 2010
You have our deepest sympsthy on the loss of jim he was good men and i am glad to have know him when we wher litter boys.
Danny Dispain and Family
Danny Dispain
March 15, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jim & Cindy Quaife-Young
March 15, 2010
you have our deepest sympsthy on the loss of jim. he was a wonderful person with whom we loved to work with..ann farmer and the staff of easy out bonds..
March 15, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Doyle McQueen
March 15, 2010
Our Deepest Sympathy, God Bless And Comfort You in the Loss Of Jim, Donna And Bert Thalen
March 14, 2010
Dear Chris and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and hearts are with you. God Bless and keep comfort in your love for each other and Jim.

Steve and Nita Edwards and Family
Steve Edwards
March 14, 2010
Dear Chris and the entire Ash family,
You have our deepest sympathy. We will all miss Jim very much.
God bless and comfort you at this trying time,

Randi & Mark Guido
Randi & Mark Guido
March 14, 2010
"GHS Class of 1972...our prayers are with you all"...Rev Earnest Mason
Rev Earnest Mason
March 14, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this diffucult time. May God bless and comfort you in your loss of Jim.

David & Connie
Gainesville, Ga
David Garrison
March 14, 2010
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gerald Couch
March 14, 2010
Dear Chris and family, Our hearts go out to you. Jim will be missed by us and so many more. May God bless you and give you comfort at this trying time.
Don & Susie Nix
Don & Susie Nix
March 14, 2010
My prayers are with the Ash family.Even though I had a small time to know MR ASH I could tell he was looking forward to spending time with his wife and enjoying his retirment on his farm.RICHARD PARR american pest control
March 14, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Eve Ferguson Odom
March 14, 2010
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