John Ashby Dick
Shives Funeral Home - Colonial Chapel
5202 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC
John Ashby Dick COLUMBIA - John Ashby Dick, 94, of Columbia, died Friday, March 7, 2014. Born in Sumter, SC, April 9, 1919, he was a son of the late Dr. Leonard White Dick and Mary Emma McLeod Dick. A decorated U.S. Army veteran of WWII, Mr. Dick served both as an infantry commander and later as a chaplain until his retirement. Following his military career, he served as a professor of English literature at USC, and his love for teaching remained with him throughout his life. Survivors include his nephews, Evans Reynolds, Jr. (Sharon) of Lynchburg, VA, Richard Reynolds of Sumter, Ashby Davis (Lynne) of Greenville, SC, and Dr. Glenn Davis (Mary Ann) of Raleigh, NC; nieces, Kim Reynolds Franceschi (Gary) of Charlotte, and Becky Huber (Dick) of Houston, TX. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Inez Reynolds Dick. The funeral service for Mr. Dick will be held at 12 o'clock Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Shives Funeral Home, 5202 Colonial Drive, Columbia. A committal service will be held at 2 o'clock in Evergreen Memorial Park, 802 North Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service, beginning at 11 o'clock. Memorials may be made to the Oliver Gospel Mission, PO Box 7697, Columbia, SC 29202. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Published by The State on Mar. 9, 2014.
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"Uncle Ashby," really my great-uncle, is both grieved and celebrated as he has passed to the Lord he loved and longd for while on earth. He loved us, his great-nephews and great-nieces (and our children) as if we were his own grandchildren. He was thoughtful and kind, sending cards on special occasions and calling to commemorate big life events for each of us (marriages, births, graduations). I wrote a blog in eulogy to this great man - click here to read:
Heather Davis Nelson
March 11, 2014
We will miss seeing him at our family reunions. He was an exceptionally fine character and a fine soul.
John Dawson
March 9, 2014
A true representative of "The greatest Generation", Ashby was a good friend of my fathers and I knew him for the past 10 years or so. He will be greatly missed as a wonderful gentlemen and true patriot.
Charles vaden
March 9, 2014
Ashby Dick was a kind,gentle man. He was loved by all who had the privilege of meeting him. He was a legitimate war hero who never talked about his brave deeds in the military.A learned,spritual man. He will be missed by all of the Burrows family.He was a good man.
Stanyarne Burrows
March 9, 2014
He was a true patriot, gentleman and scholar! He had such a kind and gentle soul and I am honored to claim him as cousin! He was a true warrior for Jesus Christ!
Ken Dawson
March 9, 2014
So sorry to read about Ashby, he was a devoted friend to my father, Charles C. Vaden who sold Ashby and Dottie their house in Columbia. My father spoke of his military career often and had the greatest respect for him. Condolences to all,
Irene Vaden Simons
March 9, 2014
thanks for your outstanding service to our country
March 9, 2014
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