A memorial service will be held for both Mary Eleanor and Robert Wayne Ashley at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 2, 2021 in the chapel at Tisdale Lann Memorial led by Pastor Grant Mitchell.
Mary Eleanor Ashley, age 78, died Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Madison, MS. She was born July 12, 1943 to Charlie Franklin Lynch and Annie Lee Wilson Lynch in Aberdeen. Eleanor worked as a real estate agent, and later she ran her own agency. In her spare time, Eleanor enjoyed beach trips, arts and crafts, and dabbling in the history of the older homes in Aberdeen. She was a member of the Golden Triangle Association of Realtors, Association of Business Women of America, the Northeast Mississippi Board of Realtors, the Pilot Club, Mississippi Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and Order of Eastern Star. Eleanor was also a member of the Monroe County Historical Society and Friendship Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, April Ashley Gittleson of Madison, MS ; son-in-law, Michael Gittleson of Madison, and one sister Clara Lynch Mann of Clinton, MS. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years.
Robert Wayne Ashley, age 80, passed away peacefully at home in Aberdeen, MS surrounded by his loved ones on August 30, 2020. He was born in Becker, MS on May 16, 1940 to Vernie Mae and Robert Greene Ashley. The octogenarian served as the superintendent of the Aberdeen City Water Department for thirty years until his retirement in 1992. “Jaybird” was an avid fisherman, a huge dog-lover, and a supreme storyteller. He belonged to a number of organizations including the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operators’ Association, the Mississippi Rural Water Association, and the National Rural Water Association. Robert served as a Mason and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Mary Eleanor Ashley of Aberdeen, one daughter, April Ashley Gittleson of Madison, MS ; son-in-law, Michael Gittleson of Madison, and one brother, Orbie Dale Ashley of Amory, MS.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or the American Heart Association.