James Wayne "JW" Ashcraft

May 24, 1949 ~ January 23, 2021 (age 71)


James Wayne “JW” Ashcraft entered Eternal rest, Saturday, January 23, 2021. “JW”, as he was fondly known, was born May 24, 1949 in Union County, North Carolina. His parents were the late James Columbus and Mable Autry Ashcraft. His smile will forever be treasured by family and friends. It is difficult to say good-bye to our beloved James, but today, we will not mourn his passing, but will celebrate his life. May God hold him in the palm of His Hand.

James attended the Union and Stanly County public schools. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum Works, Badin, North Carolina after many years of dedicated service. His positions held within the company included: metal molding and shaping processor, electrician, and auto mechanic. He was a member of Alcoa’s esteemed Twenty-five Year Club.

A believer, James was a faithful member of Saint Matthews United Church of God, Oakboro, North Carolina. At Saint Matthews, he was a member of the Trustee Board. In his pastime, James was an avid fisherman.  He also enjoyed outdoor grilling and cooking, watching basketball games, and cheering on his favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys.

James was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers: Rupert and William Ashcraft.

He was married to a loving and supportive wife, Shelby Clark Ashcraft for over fifty-one years.

Those we love, remain with us…. for love is eternal. James’ voice, laughter and memory will forever be in the hearts of his wife, Shelby C. Ashcraft, Oakboro; son, Michael W. (Deborah) Ashcraft, Kennersville, North Carolina; daughters: Marla Kinston, Asheboro, North Carolina and Terri Ashcraft, Gastonia, North Carolina; grandchildren: Michael Ashcraft Jr., Zacchaus Ashcraft, Blake Ashcraft, Jasmine Ashcraft, Janae Ashcraft and Khalil Jackson; great granddaughters: Da’Kyla Ashcraft and Lakely Ashcraft; sisters: Iris Crowder, Monroe, North Carolina and Janet Logan, Oakboro; sisters-in-law: Vivian Little, Oakboro and Wanda McLendon, Albemarle; brothers-in-law: Dorsey T. Lilly, Albemarle and Theodore Lilly Jr., Oakboro; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

“Death can never separate us; we are bonded together by ties of Love.”


In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to:
St. Matthews United Church of God
P. O. Box 490
Oakboro, NC  28129

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Graveside Service
January 29, 2021

1:00 PM
Stanly Gardens of Memory
2001 E. Main Street
Albemarle, North Carolina 28001

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