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Billy Ash

Oct 13th, 1954 - Feb 11th, 2021

Please note the days for the visitation and funeral have been revised.

Funeral Ceremony: 11 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Interment: Green Hill Cemetery, Noble

Visitation: Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home


   Billy J. Ash, age 66, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday morning, February 11, 2021, at Clay County Hospital.

   He was born October 13, 1954, in Fairfield, Illinois, the son of Billie V. and Shirley M. (Young) Ash.  He was united in marriage to Karla J. Schnell on May 26, 2001, in Noble, and together they have shared 19 wedding anniversaries.

   Billy worked as a truck driver and worked in the oil fields.  He enjoyed watching Western movies and will be remembered as an independent minded “plain country boy.”  He could often be found piddling around the yard, tinkering with vehicles, cutting wood, or working in his vegetable garden.  He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Noble where he served as an Elder and Deacon.  Billy enjoyed playing games like pinochle and Phase 10 and cherished time spent with his family. 

   He is survived by his wife: Karla Ash of Flora; 5 daughters: Lindsay (Richard) Wells, Denise Schnell, Trish (Rickey) McGrew, Amanda (Chris) Byam, and Jennifer Borton (Fiancé Eric Jones); 12 grandchildren: Ashley, Kyle, Dylan, McKynzi, Sami, Anthony, Piper, Dyllan, Linden, Star, Natalie, and Zoe; and siblings: Henrietta Brown, Roger (Pam) Ash, Randall (Rita) Ash, Loretta (Pete) Kistner, and Steve (Edna) Ash.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 siblings; and infant twin granddaughters: Michelle and Nichole.

   A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Noble.  Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to the family to assist with final expenses and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence visit:   


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Steve and Misty (Wiegel) Wheeler

February 12th

So sorry...sending lots of prayers and hugs..

Donna Mason

February 12th

Karla my heart breaks for you! Hugs my friend

Don and Mary Smith

February 12th

I'm so sorry to hear this! Billy was a friendly neighbor and we will miss seeing him! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Connie Clark

February 12th

So sorry for your loss.

Bob and Marlene Smith

February 12th

So very sorry to hear about Billy! He was such a sweetheart! Hugs to you Karla!

Barb Tackitt

February 12th

Karla, So sorry to hear about Bill. I remember your first date. He knew what he wanted and he wanted you. ❤️

Frank and Peggy Totten

February 12th

We will miss Billy. He was always there to meet everyone at church and help them in anyway he could. He always was very positive and happy guy.

Brian Curtner

February 12th

Saddened to hear this news. BIlly worked for me in the oilfield. He was a good dependable hand and one of the nicest guys you would ever meet. He would give you the shirt off his back. He will be missed. Rest easy my friend.

Larry and Donna Milner

February 12th

so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the family.

Tammy Williams

February 13th

I remember when I came to church after my husband passed away, Billy would come to my car and carry in my things. He was always doing something for someone. He will be missed. My heart goes out to KJ and his family.

Mark Ehrhardt

February 13th

I’m so sorry for your loss Karla!

Craig clark

February 18th

Sorry for your loss ill miss him hope you can find comfort in this time

Gregg Barnard

February 20th

Karla sorry for your loss. We couldn't make it to services. Billy was always looking for something to do, will be missed.



Steve and Misty (Wiegel) Wheeler
Larry Frost
Donna&Larry Milner
Bob and Marlene Smith
Donna Mason
Don and Mary Smith
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Artdean,Angelia Warren &family
Tracy Lane
Rickey & Trish McGrew
Katie (Fry) Cooper
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Larry and Donna Milner
Troy&Kim Welty
Margie Bogle
Tara (Smith) Farleigh & Kim (Smith) Belangee
Bill, Trevor & Karen Midgett
Dyllan J Kistner
Jennifer borton ,eric jones,natalie,and zoe
Brake family


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