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Neal T. Ashby

February 26, 1937 ~ August 31, 2018 (age 81)

Neal T. Ashby, 81, of Centertown, Kentucky went to his heavenly home on Friday, August 31, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 26, 1937 in Beaver Dam, Kentucky to the late Earl Pendleton Ashby and Clara I. Daniel Ashby Halcomb. Mr. Ashby retired from Peabody Coal Company where he worked at Ken Surface Mine. He was a member of United Mine Workers Local 8941, and Independence Baptist Church in McHenry. Mr. Ashby was the owner of multiple restaurants, including the Coal Nugget and Wagon Wheel. He enjoyed spending time at the restaurants with his friends, watching “his” birds and squirrels, and watching UK basketball. He played and coached basketball and softball for many years.

Aside from his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Sherrill Eugene Ashby; and two sisters, Ellen Ann Colonna and Linda Jo Ashby.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, five children, Jeffrey Neal (Pat) Ashby of Cromwell, Russell Wayne Ashby of Owensboro, Kimberly Fern Ashby of Beaver Dam, Chris Daniel (Veronica) Ashby of Bowling Green, and Jody Shane (Denise) Ashby of Utica; seventeen grandchildren, James (Mandy) Ashby, Kodi (Lance) Shutt, Adam Ashby (Melonie Fuller), Lindsay (John) Hall, Kori (David) Baker, Tara (Patrick) Fitzgerald, Savannah Ashby, Nathan Thomas Autry, Megan Juliet Fern Shields, Crystal Ashby, Melissa (Heath) Hancock, Joseph Ashby, Kaylee Ashby, Ethan Williams, Zoe Williams, Camden Williams, and Ryder Williams; one brother, Earl (Janet) Ashby of McHenry; one sister, Captola (Danny) Southard of McHenry; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at William L. Danks Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, Kentucky with Rev. Terry Tarrance officiating. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam. Friends may visit with Mr. Ashby’s family from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday and after 9:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Ohio County, Dr. Mills, Dr. Hodskins, and Owensboro Health Regional Hospital for the excellent care Mr. Ashby received.

Online condolences may be left from Mr. Ashby’s family at

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