Dec. 23, 2005 Fort Smith Sebastian County Arkansas, USA
He was retired from Cooper Industries in Houston, Texas in 1985 and Kerwin's Hardware in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2000. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, had a bachelors in engineering in 1958, and a masters degree in 1966. He was a Methodist and a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Rackley Ashford in 1999. He is survived by his companion Myna Frost Johnson of Waldron; one daughter, Laralei Ashford Thomas and husband Fred; one son Raymond Evan Ashford; one sister, Kathryn Jones of Waldron; five brothers, Kelly of Waldron, Keith of Sanger, California, Kenneth of Clovis, California, Kermit of Fresno, California; one sister-in-law, Becky Rackely Gardner and husband Ronald and one granddaughter.