Edward "Eddie" T. Ashley III

August 21, 1948November 20, 2020

Edward (Eddie) Theodore Ashley, III, 72, known to most as “Coach”, passed away November 20, 2020 after battling COVID. Eddie was born on August 21, 1948 in Macon, Ga to the late Edward T. and Hazel Ashley. He resided in Macon most of his 72 years until recently when he and his wife Vera moved to the Savannah area to spend their golden years near their grandchildren.

Eddie loved Jesus. He loved his family. He loved people. He loved sports. After graduating from Lanier High and the University of Georgia, he received his Masters Degree in Education from Georgia College and State University. He coached baseball, football, and basketball at Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast High schools. He helped start the athletic program at Southeast in 1989 when the school opened. He was one of Macons top baseball coaches for three decades with a compiled record of 333-165. In 46 seasons of coaching, he never had a losing season. Eddie revived the Lem Clark baseball tournament in 1977 and won it as a head coach in 1979, 1984, 1987, 1992, and 1994. He was named the Georgia Athletic 4-AAA coach of the year in 1986 and 1987. He led his teams to seven sub region titles, 5 region titles, and one appearance each in the state quarter and semi finals. He was named the Macon Telegraph and News Coach of the Year in 1986/87. He served as GACA State Baseball Chairman from 1991-1997 and served as a GA Dugout Club South Baseball Coordinator (1978-2020), while a member of the executive board. He was elected to the Dugout Club Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. He served as head coach for the GACA South All Stars for two years and assistant coach for three years. He coached the Georgia Dugout Club South All Stars three times and was an assistant coach twice. He also coached Team Georgia in the Sunbelt Classic in 1993. He was a key figure in helping change the name from the Atlanta Dugout Club to the Georgia Dugout Club to make it a statewide organization. He was inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. He served as the Bibb County School's Athletic Director for 7 years before retiring in December of 2018. For 42 years, he was the voice of the GHSA State Basketball Championships. He served on the Board of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame and the Macon Touchdown Club.

Eddie was an active member of Ingleside Baptist Church and enjoyed filling in to teach for the Darryl Jones Sunday School Class. He loved to serve his community and the people in it. While he was loud on the outside, many of his greatest contributions were done very quietly. He was an avid golfer and some of his best times were with his golf and prayer partners. His greatest joy was any and every opportunity he had to spend with his grands.

Eddie is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 47 years, Vera Ashley; his children, Pete Ashley, Jenny Ashley Ahouse, and Lisa Ashley-Mcnew (Jason Mcnew); his grandchildren, Emma Ashley Ahouse, Camilla Harper McNew, Chloe Kennington McNew, and Greer Fenimore McNew, his sister, Carolyn Ashley, and his nieces and nephews, Terry Chapman (Jesse), John Owen (Natalie), Courtney Neil (Adam), his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sue Bass. And his beloved and devoted companion, Mack.

His girls called him Pops, and in his typical fashion he was larger than life to them- he was our hero and mentor. His laugh was contagious- he never entered a room quietly. He was a presence. A soft place to fall. A protector and bold- he did the right thing even when it was difficult. His heart was as big as the heavens. To us his hands were shields. His hugs always seemed to hide you from the harsh winds and blows life threw at you. He was a great story teller, loved his music loud, and never missed an opportunity to enjoy a game. Rain or shine, calm or crazy, vacation or at home, sick or well, you could always find him each morning hovering over his bible. If you happened to wake up before daybreak, you could grab your cup of coffee and he would share his devotion with you. He is a treasure- our treasure. He loved the sportsman's creed, “Brag little, lose well, crow gently if in luck, pay up, own up, and shut up if beaten.” and forgive. Always forgive.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 25 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at Macon Memorial Park Home. A Celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial will be private at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Mark Hudgins and the Rev. Joe McDaniel officiating. Because of Covid, we are asking that only close friends and family attend and respectfully social distance. Services may be viewed live by visiting:// Memorial Park Funeral Home. To carry on his legacy, we would love for you to share your favorite pictures and stories so that we can share them with his grandchildren as their time with him, our time with him, just wasn't and never could be long enough.

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  • Eddie is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 47 years, Vera Ashley; his children, Pete Ashley, Jenny Ashley Ahouse, and Lisa Ashley-Mcnew (Jason Mcnew); his grandchildren, Emma Ashley Ahouse, Camilla Harper McNew, Chloe Kennington McNew, and Greer Fenimore McNew, his sister, Carolyn Ashley, and his nieces and nephews, Terry Chapman (Jesse), John Owen (Natalie), Courtney Neil (Adam), his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sue Bass. And his beloved and devoted companion, Mack.

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Stephanie Bohannon

November 26, 2020

So saddened to hear of your unimaginable loss of Eddie. I met you a couple of weeks before y'all moved when I came over to buy a bed from you. I instantly felt a connection with you and we spoke about the loss of your Mother & your daughters cancer battle. Y'all were so excited to be moving closer to your children & grandchildren. Sometimes we don't understand the sudden departure of the ones we love so dear. But I can tell you this, GOD IS FAITHFUL! And your beloved husband/father/coach is in a glorious place that we can only dream about. Praying for peace & comfort for you and your family.

John Case

November 25, 2020

Dear Vera and family, I was shocked and saddened when I heard the passing of Eddie. We were neighbors for so long and remember when Lisa and Jenny were born. I used to come play with Lisa when you had the play pen outside. I remember the big dog house that was built for Toby when she had puppies. Cathy and I would even come to visit when y'all moved to a bigger house off ridge ave. We lost touch after Pete was born but always thought of you when we came to visit mom. Y'all were the best neighbors ever and hated it when y'all moved.Eddie was a great man and will be greatly missed by the entire city of Macon. May God put his hands on your hurting hearts and take your pain away. R.I.P. Eddie.

Debra Mullis

November 25, 2020

Eddie was a wonderful person that will truly be missed. He was a neighbor for 20 years that was like family to me. He always have a magnificent story to tell. He could really make you laugh!

My thoughts and prayers go out to Vera and the family. May you have peace and comfort during this time.

Ron Elgin

November 24, 2020

I would really only see Eddie at our annual Georgia Dugout Clinic every year, but it would always be a great time, catching up on what was going on in South Georgia Baseball. I will miss him, not for his great stories that he told, but that great smile that he always had. Prayers to his family and friends, he was a great ambassador to the game that we all love, baseball in the State of Georgia.

Joanna Whatley

November 23, 2020

So sorry for your loss! Will be praying for all of the family! I remember him as “Coach”. I attended Southwest and graduated in 1982. He was an awesome coach and leader! God Bless.

Linda Thomas

November 23, 2020

Pete was in my class at Mckibben Lane Elementary! I conferenced with Mr. Ashley and during our conference, it was very clear , he was a great father. I had the opportunity to see him just prior to my retirement and I mentioned to him that I was Pete’s teacher and we chatted as we road the elevator at the BOE. May God bless your family! Pete, you were blessed to have Mr. Ashley as your father!

Pat Collins

November 23, 2020

I'm sending my heartfelt sympathy to the entire Ashley family. We spent time together several years ago when Pete lived in Rome. Every member of your family was so kind to us when we met and very gracious to Nicole when she was in your home for a visit. There are no words that are meaningful, but I really am sorry.

Pat Collins
Rome, GA

Owen O'Conner

November 23, 2020

So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this hard time.


Owen O'Conner, great grandson of the late Mary Nelle Pope Thigpen of Lyons, Georgia, first cousin of Helen LeFrance Pope Kennington.

Bob Hodge

November 23, 2020

Just want to extend my sympathy to Coach’s family. I played on his first team as Head Coach at Southwest in 1979. I always said I wished I was a good as he told everyone I was!.. He was a great inspiration to me, even 40 years later. A great motivator ( wasn’t crazy about some of his motivational tools) and always got the very best out of me. He was the kind of coach that it hurt me when I didn’t perform the way he believed I could. He will be greatly missed. Coach made a difference in a lot of people’s life, and all in a good way..One of a kind

Kerry Sandifer

November 23, 2020

My condolences to the Ashley family. "Coach" Ashley was my 8th grade basketball coach at Peter G. Appling High School. As youngsters we admired how he could shoot the ball. As a grownup I admired him as a truly outstanding Man.

Best wishes, hoping that time will ease your pain.


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