Gerald Eugene Ash

October 19, 1946May 25, 2012


Mr. Gerald Eugene Ash, 65, of Buford, GA died Friday afternoon, 5/25/2012, at his residence. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of the late Frank Nelms and Roxie Faith Crowe Ash. He was of the Baptist faith, served in the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard, and was a retired commercial pilot for Delta Airlines. Survivors include: His Wife, Diane Sowell Ash of Buford, A Daughter and Son-in-Law, Sonja and Shaun Wiblin, A Son, Frank Nelms Ash of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Father and Mother-in-Law, Jack and Helen R. Sowell of Prattville, Alabama, Sisters and Brothers-in-Law, Linda A. Creech of Pinson, Alabama, Brenda A. and Paul Riddle of Odenville, Alabama, and Karen A. and Louie Brown of Trussville, Alabama, Brothers and Sisters-in-Law, Paul and Carrie Ash of Springville, Alabama, and Jeff and Pauline Ash of Wetumpka, Alabama, Grandchildren, Karrisa Wiblin, Ashtin Wiblin and Dakota Wiblin, God's gift of family, Matt, Amy and Ashley Warmerdam, several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services for Mr. Ash will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Jackson Baptist Church in Sylvania, Georgia, with the Rev. Rusty Sowell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Dave Nieuwehuis, Fuad Milak, Fred Lambert, Mitt Bradley, Matt Warmerdam and Jim Keet. The remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday to lie in state until the funeral hour. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Remembrances can be made to Jackson Baptist Church, c/o Candi Teston, 2274 Poor Robin Road, Sylvania, GA 30467. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home of Sylvania, GA in charge. (912-564-2331)


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 29, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, May 28, 2012

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Fern Ward

May 29, 2012

Diane - I send my deepest sympathy to you and Frank. Please know that your many friends are lifting your family up in prayer. May God bless you and keep you in his care.

May 29, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the Ash family. I flew many times with Gerald on the ATR, and being retired Navy we had lots to talk about.
Tommy Harris (Murphy, NC)

May 28, 2012

We are so sorry about your loss. You and Frank are in our prayers during this difficult time. God Bless. Robin & Randy Ragans

Thomas Klaine

May 28, 2012

Dear Ash Family, I met Gerald when I first joined ASA in 2000. We trained together on the ATR. He was a true friend and a lot of fun to work with. I was sad to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathy for your loss. God's peace.

Trina Mueller

May 28, 2012

Diane and Frank no words can express the sorry I am feeling for you and youre family. Gerald was a very fine man and I enjoyed when I would visit over there on Clairmont. Diane, you and I go back a long way and I wish that I could be there for you. Frank I know Chandler wishes the same. I have found memories of you two jumping off the TOP of your slide into the pool, so many good memories. May you always hold the memories of you Dad and Husband close to your heart forever. You will be forever in my prayers, love you two and may God bring you peace, strength, and comfort in the days to come. Trina Havard Mueller

John and Sherry Ratliff

May 28, 2012

Dear Ash Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and hearthelt thoughts regarding your loss. When I was first hired at ASA, Gerald was very good to me. He always made me smile. My husband has worked with Gerald for years and has very fond memories of him! We take great pleasure in the fact that we knew him. May time accomplish what no words can! Wishing you God's peace!

Missy Duval (Dickson)

May 28, 2012

Dear Ash family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I was a Flight Attendant based in Macon with Gerald. When I was hired, it was winter. I didn't have my uniform overcoat yet. Gerald insisted I wear his overcoat that he wasn't using. We were a pretty tight knit group in Macon. I will always remember Gerald fondly.