Sep. 19, 1966 Edenton Chowan County North Carolina, USA
Jul. 17, 2002 Tyner Chowan County North Carolina, USA
Deputy Richard Ashley and Sergeant Anthony Futrell of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and Major Robert Kennedy of the Boone Police Department, were killed in an airplane accident while searching for marijuana crops in Chowan County at 1530 hours.
Approximately 90 minutes into the second flight of the day, the Cessna 172-S experienced problems and crashed. Witnesses on the ground heard the engine sputter and saw the plane nose dive into the ground. There were no radio messages from the pilots indicating any problems.
Sergeant Futrell and Major Kennedy, both members of the Civil Air Patrol, were piloting the aircraft and acting as spotters. Deputy Ashley was directing ground units to locations spotted during the flight for further investigation.
Deputy Ashley had been employed with the Chowan County Sheriff's Office for only 16 months, and is survived by his wife and two teenage sons. He lived less then one mile from the crash site.
Richard ''Rick'' Edward Ashley, 35, of the 600 block of Center Hill Road, died July 17, 2002.
Mr. Ashley was the son of Mary Virginia B. Lewis and Raleigh E. Ashley Jr. He was a member of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church and had served as an ordained deacon in Chapel Hill Baptist Church. He was also a former partner of Ashley's Auto Repair before graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Training. Graduating with honors, he became a member of the Chowan County Sheriff's Department where he took great pride in serving his community.
Surviving other than his parents are his wife, May Amparo Ashley; two sons, Steven Ray Ashley and Richard Edward Ashley Jr., all of the home; his brother, Michael Ray Ashley and his wife, Micky, and their two children, Megan and Jake of Edenton; maternal grandparents, Beulah Turner and the late Vernon Boyce of Edenton and paternal grandparents, Donnie Mae Ashley and the late Raleigh Ashley Sr.
A celebration of Mr. Ashley's life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Faith Fellowship Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Busy officiating. Burial will follow in Beaver Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Evans Funerals and Cremations. Memorials may be made to the Deputy Richard Edward Ashley Sr. Memorial Fund, in care of RBC Centura, P.O. Box 268, Edenton, NC 27932.
Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) Date: July 20, 2002 Edition: FINAL Page: B7.1 He was buried on 21 July 2002 at Beaver Hill Cemetery, W Albemarle St, Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, USA, 27932, 36.065219~-76.616555; B 119 E.