January 26, 2024


Benjamin "Ben" Ashby

October 31, 1960 - January 20, 2024

We Are Confident, I Say, and Willing to be Absent From the Body and to be Present With the Lord.   2 Corinthians 5:8

Benjamin “Ben” Ashby, age 63 and a resident of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, entered into his eternal rest on January 20, 2024 at Lakeview Hospital, Covington, Louisiana. Ben had dealt with a lengthy illness for quite some time but through it all, he never complained.

Ben was born in Fayetteville, Tennessee on October 31, 1960 to the parents of the late Gene Ashby and Beatrice “Bea” Ashby. Ben was baptized at an early age and truly loved the Lord.

He graduated from Franklinton High School in 1979 and was a Veteran of military service proudly serving his country in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

Ben worked many years in the oilfield business as a senior chief mechanic with Noble Drilling and chief mechanic with Cal-Dive International, making many lifelong friends.

Ben’s true passion was hunting and fishing where he found much peace and joy, especially with his best friend, his K-9 companion, “Sister”.

To know Ben, was to love him and to be loved by him. Although Ben has left this world, his memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Left to cherish his memories, his mother, Beatrice (Bea) Perry Ashby of Fayetteville, Tennessee, a brother, Jeff (Kirsten) Ashby of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, sisters, Diane (Ray) Corkern of Franklinton, La.; Pam (Robert) Old, of Lafayette, La.; nieces and nephews, Sara Blair, Jason (Amber) Creel, Stephen Corkern and Shauna (Tim) Wietharn; great nieces and nephew, Bresa Blair, Ryan Creel and Louie Creel as well as many other cousins and family members. In addition to his family, Ben leaves behind a legacy of love and memories shared with a network of very special friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Ashby, and grandparents, Murrell Benjamin Ashby and Mable Brown Ashby, and Bernie and Clarice Perry.

Out of respect of his wishes, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to all the many people who cared for Ben, visited with Ben, and took care of Ben in his time of need.

“I Have Fought a Good Fight, I Have Finished the Race, I Have Kept the Faith.” 2nd Timothy 4:7 Love Ben

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a non-profit organization in honor of Ben’s passion. Suggestions include the National Wild Turkey Federation (www.nwtf.org) , National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (www.nfwf.org) , or National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org)

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