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From: "Vera Reeves" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 14:03:15 -0500
Calico Rock Progress
Jun 25, 1943 - John C. Ashley Dies in St Louis Thursday (also has a picture)
John C. Ashley, 58, former circuit judge, prosecuting attorney and state
senator and president of the Bank of Melbourne, died at the Barnes Hospital
in St Louis, Mo., early Thursday morning. About two years ago he suffered a
sudden break in health since which time he spent many weeks in various
He was born December 31, 1884 on a farm near Violet Hill. After attending
Melbourne High School in 1905-06, he entered the University of Arkansas and
received a B. A. degree in 1911. He was one of the top ranking students.
After teaching in the rural schools of Sharp, Independence and Izard
counties, he was principal of the Evening Shade High School two terms and
then attended Cumberland University Law School at Lebanon, Tenn. After being
admitted to the bar he opened offices at Melbourne.
Mr Ashley was elected state senator from Twenty-third district in 1913 and
served until 1917. He then was elected prosecuting attorney of the Sixteenth
Judicial Circuit and served three terms. He was circuit judge in 1922,
serving two terms. He made an unsuccessful race for Congress in 1930 and
entered the governor's race in 1936, but withdrew before the election. He
served as a member of the State Forestry Commission under the administration
of former Governor Carl E. Bailey.
Mr Ashley owned considerable farm acreage in this county. He served for many
years as a member of the Melbourne school board.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Miss Catherine Ashley of Melbourne;
a son, Capt. John C. Ashley, Jr., with the army in North Africa; a brother,
William Ashley of Tuckerman; and three sisters, Mrs J. B. Smith of Violet
Hill, Mrs Edith Jacobs of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mrs Cora Johnson of
Funeral services will be held at Violet Hill Sunday at 2 p.m., with Rev
Horace M. Lewis, pastor of the Methodist Church of Batesville and Rev R. E.
Lee, pastor of the Methodist Church at Melbourne, in charge. Interment will
be in Violet Hill Cemetery.