The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 14, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, February 14, 2013

Betty J. Ashley

PICKENS, S.C. — Betty J. Ashley departed this earthly life on February 11, 2014.

Betty was born in Hinton, W.Va., the daughter of Paul Stewart and Marie Allen James. She was a joy to her family and those around her.         

She is survived by her husband Bill and three sons, James Allen Ashley and wife Debbie of Greenville, W.Va.; William T. Ashley II and wife Laurie of Tallahassee, Fla.; and Bradley S. Ashley and wife Cindy of Sebastian, Fla. Other than her sons she is survived by: Jennifer and Jamie Lowry of Talcott, W.Va.; Katie, Meredith and Elizabeth Ashley of Tampa and Tallahassee; Amie Brister and husband Sheldon of Vero Beach, Fla.; and Amanda and Dan Paholsky of Los Angeles, Calif. There are also six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Betty was a well-known and respected church musician. She was an organist for a major theater in Huntington, W.Va. She was an organizer and director of youth choirs, adult choirs, and hand bell choirs in South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia. Her most recent love was the music director at Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens. She served as director of Creative Ministries St. Mark United Methodist Church of Seneca and also serving as their choir director. More recently she served Grace UMC in a similar capacity.      

Betty, at the request of President Frank Foster of the Florida Jaycees, became the organizing chairperson of the Florida Jaycee Auxiliary. She was honored to be awarded Congresswoman #l by that organization in 1976. Betty and her husband became associate members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hinton, W.Va., where they attended church while in summer month’s vacations. Betty was an exceptional Sunday school teacher. She taught the Pairs and Spares Class at the First Methodist Church of Vero Beach for many years. She taught the Joel Cannon Class at Grace UMC for several years and she proudly remained a member of the class until her passing.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 309 East Cedar Rock Street, Pickens, SC 29671, or to the First Presbyterian Church of Hinton, WV 25951.

Memorial services are to be held at Grace United Methodist Church, Pickens, S.C., at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16th. A second service is planned in Hinton, W.Va., on Tuesday the 18th at the Presbyterian Church, weather permitting. Final plans for Hinton are subject to change due to the unusual travel requirements. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. in the church parlor at Grace United Methodist Church.

The family is at 101 Fox Lane, Pickens, S.C.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, S.C., is in charge of S.C. arrangements and Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, will be in charge of final arrangements in West Virginia.

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