James Jimmy Dewitt Ashford
Funeral Date: 2/9/2013

James "Jimmy" Dewitt Ashford, age 75, of Hamburg, formerly of Warren and McGehee, died Wednesday, February 6, at Chicot Memorial Medical Center, Lake Village . He was born April 28, 1937 at McGehee, Arkansas a son of the late James Dewitt Ashford, Sr. and Julia Janson Ashford. He was a graduate of McGehee Public School System and the University of Arkansas at Monticello . He was a retired farmer and State of Arkansas employee. Jim was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Warren . He was a man of many names: Jim, Jimmy, PJ, PG and he answered to all. Jim loved hunting, fishing and visiting his buddies at the Warren Bank Coffee Shop. PJ enjoyed his dogs and loved spending time with his family. Jimmy's other love was dancing with his friends. Surviving is his wife, Shirley Bell Ashford, whom he married on May 24, 1996 at McGehee, AR; daughters Debra Ann Ashford, McGehee, AR; Claudia Higgins, Hamburg, AR; Mary Jon Wells and spouse Jim, Hamburg, AR; a son Chuck Ashford, Conway, AR.; a sister Judy Ashford Whitaker and spouse Gary, North Little Rock, AR; grandchildren Daniel Clark, Matthew Smith and spouse Jennifer, Kimberly Clark and Anna Williams; a nephew, Matt Whitaker. He was preceded in death by a brother Carl Ashford. Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Saturday February 9, at Frazerís Chapel with Rev. Dr. Dari Rowen officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in McGehee Cemetery by Frazerís Funeral Home . Active pallbearers were T. Roy Reep, Herman Phillips, Robert Watson, Perry Watkins, John McNeely and Jim Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Porter Mullins, Ray Ryburn and Jacob Callaway. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Warren, 212 East Church St., Warren, AR 71671.



Name: Susan Roberts
Message: Shirley, you are in my prayers. Jim was a fine man. He will be missed.

Name: Darlene and David Holmes
Message: Judy, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Name: Barry Carter
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you is our prayer. Love to you all, Barry and Valerie Carter (Mary Jon)

Name: Kimberly Jenkins
Message: Shirley, I'm so sorry to hear about Jimmy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Name: Judy Dunn Magee
Message: Judy, My prayers are with you in the loss of your brother. Years have passed since I last saw any of your family but I remember each of you Ashford children as well as your dad and mom. Just know I am remembering you.

Name: Kay & Harold Robinson
Message: Ms. Shirley, Mary & Jim, We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Jimmy's passing. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this time.

Name: Frank and Betty Chancellor
Message: Shirley, we were sorry to hear about Mr. Jim's death. You and your family are in our prayers.

Name: Sue Tubbs Pambianchi
Message: So sorry to hear about Jimmy. During the years he lived in McGehee I always looked forward to his weekly visit to the bank. My prayers are with you.

Name: Debbie & John Carter
Message: Judy - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My mom and dad were sad to hear this since Shirley and Jimmy had lived down the street from them.

Name: Donnie Ritchie
Message: Mr. Jimmy was a fine man who made a difference in this world by helping anyone he could.

Name: Bonnye Jean Maxwell
Message: My prayers are with you

Name: kay curry
Message: Shirley,I have fond memories of you and Jim in exercise class.

Name: Janice McAllister
Message: I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a delightful man, a great friend to all. Shirley you and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God surround you with his love and give you comfort at this time. With love & sympathy, Janice (Majors) McAllister

Name: Tim & Regina Spraggins
Message: Shirley, So sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. I just got the news today, or we would certainly have been there. Some of my fondest memories are dancing with you guys!!! I know that you will miss him terribly!! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!!

Name: Tanya Chancellor
Message: Mrs. Shirley, I am so sorry about the loss of Mr. Jim. I just saw this! Praying for you and your family. I know he will be missed.

Name: Jane (Sisco) Burton
Message: To the family of Jimmy Ashford, I am so sorry for your loss. His grandfather Janson was married to my grandmother Zellner and we always considered ourselves "cousins".My thoughts and prayers are with you.