Lee E. Ashby, 91, of Granite City, passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Noble, Ark., a son of the late Milan “Pete” and Marjorie (Hart) Ashby. Lee started his career in teaching in Arkansas and then went on to Madison High School, where he taught business until his retirement in 1988. After his teaching career, he gave 10 years to Laclede Steel as a security officer. Lee was a member of Clark Avenue Church of Christ in Granite City, joining in 1955, and in his free time he enjoyed spending time with his family. Lee will be remembered for his kind and loving heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by and will be missed by his wife of more than 69 years; Oleda (Clampit) Ashby, whom he married on Sept. 18, 1946; his children, Larry Ashby of St. Charles, Mo., Ronnie Ashby of Granite City, Stephen and (Jennifer) Ashby of Chickamauga, Ga., Mike and (Lori) Ashby of Granite City, Nancy and (Orrin) Williams of Granite City; grandchildren, Michele and (Michael) Dawson, Adria and (Michael) Hildebrand, Ryan and (Michelle) Ashby, Casey and (Amy) Ashby, Stephanie and (Ricky) Honeycutt, Stacie and (Preston) Humphries, Sara and (Lance) Royal, Erica and (Adam) Saltsgaver, Emily Ashby, Brandon and (Jami) Williams, Leisha and (George) Talley, Lauren Williams; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, J.T. Ashby; and sisters, Imogene Cable, Caroline Melton, Florence Davidson and Cona Faye Ricker.
In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by his brothers, Leonard, Stanton and Melvin.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of his life, services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, with Pastor Mike Allen officiating at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials are suggested to Clark Avenue Church of Christ or the American Cancer Society.