Lawrence Otto ‘L.O.’ Ashley, 93, of Abbeville, husband of Estherphine Carwile Ashley, died Friday, September 2, 2022, at his home. He was born in Anderson County, SC to the late Lawrence R. and Bessie Bell Ashley.
L.O. honorably served his country as a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was employed with Milliken & Co – Abbeville and Sharon Plants in the maintenance department, retiring after 60 ½ years of dedicated service. A charter member of the Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and Past President of the Woodmen of the World, he was a Mason with membership at Clinton Lodge, AFM # 3 and Hejaz Shriner. L.O. served on the Abbeville County Council for 10 years. A faithful member of Keowee Baptist Church, he taught the L.O. Ashley Sunday school class for more than 40 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Proctor Ashley, John R. Ashley, Harvey Ashley, Leonard Ashley and Ivy Ashley; three sisters, Edna Bannister, Margaret Ashley, and Eva Mae Ashley McCord.
L.O. is survived by his wife of 66 years, Estherphine, of the home; two sons, Larry Ashley of Antreville and Keith Ashley (Deborah) of Abbeville; sister, Carrie A. Smith of Abbeville; three grandchildren, Andrea Bowers (Chris), Josh Hall and Tabatha Charping (Chase) of Donalds; three great-grandchildren, Cash Charping, Rucker Charping and Araya Bowers.
The family will receive friends 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Sunday, September 4, 2022 in Keowee Baptist Church. Funeral services will begin at 4:00PM in the church sanctuary with Rev. Tony Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Masonic Rites.
Memorial contributions, in memory of L.O., may be sent to Keowee Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 4640 Keowee Road, Honea Path, SC 29654.
The family is at the home.
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Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the Ashley family.