Mr. Ellis Ashley of Wedowee, Alabama, passed away on September 20, 2016. He was 85.

Mr. Ashley was born on August 22, 1931, in Clay County, Alabama, to the late Henry Robert and Lena Ogle Ashley. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Greyhound Bus Lines where he worked as a mechanic.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Ashley; and his sisters, Susie Turley, Leler Turley, Unice Dise, and Lily Ogle.

Survivors include his children, Naressa (Alan) Reese, Douglas (Cathy) Ashley, Donna (Joseph) Dion, Deborah (James) Hennington, and Rebecca (Craig) Coursey; his brother, Arlin Ashley; his special friend, Opal Johnson; and 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Rainwater Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Bowdon Church of God Cemetery.

Prior to the services on Friday, Mr. Ashley’s family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Rainwater Funeral Home, Bowdon.

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