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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: www.frankandbright.com
So sorry...sending lots of prayers and hugs..
Karla my heart breaks for you! Hugs my friend
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!
So sorry for your loss.
So very sorry to hear about Billy! He was such a sweetheart! Hugs to you Karla!
Karla, So sorry to hear about Bill. I remember your first date. He knew what he wanted and he wanted you. ❤️
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.
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.
so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the family.
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.
I’m so sorry for your loss Karla!
Sorry for your loss ill miss him hope you can find comfort in this time
Karla sorry for your loss. We couldn't make it to services. Billy was always looking for something to do, will be missed.