Earl Leroy Ashe Jr.

February 8, 1933November 12, 2020

Earl L. Ashe, a pioneer in the early days of television, passed away on November 12, 2020. As a teen, he joined the Army and later became a member of the 82 Airborne Division.

Upon his discharge he attended NC State and graduated as an English major from UNC Chapel Hill. He then began his career in television, first at several small television stations then moving to Raleigh to help launch WRAL.

During his career at WRAL he produced and directed the daily news, the Uncle Paul children’s show, local wrestling and many other shows and commercials. While there he had the honor of working with future Senator Jesse Helms and producing a show for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Gerald Ford.

Years later he joined with Senator Helms to write, produce and direct commercials for his senatorial campaigns, and went on to do so for numerous other senatorial and congressional campaigns including those of Senators ` John East, and Lauch Faircloth. He also was involved in the initial North Carolina leg of Ronald Reagan`s presidential campaign and the presidential campaign of Steve Forbes.

Earl is survived by his wife Carolyn; his son Phillip; his daughter Karen (Amy); grandson Cooper; sisters Deidre Hockman, Lillian Elliott (Bill), and Donella Dzengeleski (Joseph); and brothers George Ashe, Sam Ashe and Wayne Ashe (Debbie); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service, officiated by Dr. Peter Burgess, will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Alzheimer`s Association or Transitions LifeCare.


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David Brook

November 24, 2020

I had the privilege of getting to know Earl in recent years as a member of a small luncheon group of men interested in history and politics. His involvement in and recollections of North Carolina political history were fascinating. Earl loved his state and nation and we owe much to him for his military service, and for his key participation in public affairs. I extend my sincere condolences to Mrs. Ashe and to the rest of his family. May the years and love that you shared with Earl comfort you for the remainder of your days.

Pamela Zepeda

November 21, 2020

I met Earl when I began working at WRAL in 1969. I remember a very nice man, extremely kind and generous of his time and experience as I navigated the waters of the broadcasting world. I also recall his immense sense of humour and the twinkle in his eyes when he played a prank on someone.
My deepest and most sincere condolences to the Ashe family.
For a time, the world was a kinder, better place because he was in it.

Kevin Patterson

November 16, 2020

I learned so much from Earl working with him. We enjoyed going to lunch together back in the day. Had a lot of good conversations about history and politics. So many great memories!

Condolences to Mrs. Ashe and family.

Linda Jenkins

November 15, 2020

Carolyn and family ,
I am so sorry for your loss.

Dick Ellis

November 15, 2020

He was my director at WRAL.....the greatest! Later when he did the TV for Senator Helms, East, President Reagan and others, I had the privilege of doing the voice over narration for most of them. He was one of a kind. Always called me Hey Babe!

Mike Kilmartin

November 15, 2020

I am grateful for the things I learned from Earl in the mid-1970's at WRAL. He was kind to my wife and I and I still tell one of his jokes over and over again. Please accept our condolences for his passing. ---Mike and Judy

Sam Currin

November 13, 2020

Margaret and I send our condolences to Earl's family. What an incredible career he had! I first got to know Earl through Senator Helms and we became lifelong friends. Until his health began to fail, we enjoyed our weekly lunches at K&W in Cameron Village. He took the television skills learned at WRAL-TV and made an enormous impact on Tar Heel politics. Earl was well-liked and respected by everyone and Raleigh has lost one its most distinguished citizens. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Teresa (Ashe) Gigante

November 13, 2020

Peace to the Ashe family as you gather to remember to honor the life of your husband, father, brother and uncle. My heart is certainly with you as you grieve, and you will most certainly be in my thoughts in the upcoming weeks and months.