Stephen Edgeworth Ashby, age 77, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Kentucky, due to complications from several strokes.
He was born Dec. 12, 1940, in Shirley, Indiana, to Hannah Maudeline and Medford Ashby. He has five siblings, Melody Rose Cully (deceased), Rexford Ashby (deceased), Martha Sears, Gale Ashby, and Priscilla Hennzelman.
Stephen married Sylvia Sanders on Jan. 24, 1960, at the Shirley Church of the Nazarene. They were long-term residents of Anderson, Indiana, where Steve was employed at Delco Remy for 25 years, working as a sheet metal tradesman.
He was an avid golfer who loved golfing with his grandchildren. He also made three holes in one. He was a Sunday school teacher, youth minister, deacon, and church bus driver. One of his major passions in life was spreading the good news of Jesus Christ by creating and distributing thousands of Gospel tracks.
Stephen is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Sylvia Mae (Sanders); children, Sherry (Carlos) Super, Gayle (Brian) Campbell, and Brent (Roxy) Ashby; grandchildren, Isaiah (Brandi) Super, Daniel (Kayla) Super, Josiah (Stephanie) Super, Joshua (Amber) Whitson, Ross Campbell, Klarc Whitson, Dylan Ashby and River Ashby; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha (Harold) Sears, and Priscilla (David) Hennzelman; and brother, Gale (Barbara) Ashby.
Stephen was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister, Melody Rose Culley (2005); and brother, Rexford Ashby (2012).
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at noon with Brothers Isaiah Super and Brian Campbell officiating. Stephen will be laid to rest at Harlan Cemetery in Wilkinson, Indiana, at a later date.
His family would like to express their thanks to all family and friends who have shared in Steve's life, especially over his courageous battle for life these last eight months. Each and everyone has been a Godsend and a true source of strength. They would also like to express their thanks to all the nurses, doctors, hospice workers, and precious others who have cared for Stephen.
Stephen was more than a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. He was our mentor, our friend, our role model and our hero! He was able to be all of these, through the mercy, grace and love of Jesus Christ, who gave him the gift of his Godly character, his unwavering integrity, his Christian witness, and his unconditional love.
While our hearts are broken, we also have the peace within that he has "gone to be with Jesus" and the comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering! We know that "Pap" is rejoicing in the Lord at long last, his faith has been made sight and he worships at the feet of Jesus!
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jean Waddle Care Center Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home entrusted with Mr. Ashby's arrangements.
Published on February 15, 2018