God saw that Curtis was getting tired, a cure was not to be. So, He put His arms around him and whispered, “Come with ME.” With tearful eyes, I watched him suffer, and saw him fade away. Although I loved him dearly. I could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard- working hands to rest. God broke my heart to prove to me He only takes “the best”.
Curtis Ashe, Jr died unexpectedly at home on Friday, May 29, 2020 of heart failure. He was born, Jul 26, 1951, in Sharon, PA, to the late Curtis and Henrietta Smith Ashe. Curtis was one of eight children. Curtis was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Alexander, Kenneth Augustus, and Robert Ashe.
At a young age the family moved to Cheraw, SC and later he went to live with family in New Haven, CT. Curtis attended James Hill House High School, New Haven, CT and afterwards joined the US Army, April 30, 1970, served in the Viet Nam conflict, and after twenty years of service he was Honorable discharged May 1, 1990 at Fort Monmouth, NJ.
On August 18, 1997 he married Cheryl L. Jackson-Ashe. He has three daughters from a previous marriage: Teresa, Clarissa and Kenya Ashe. Four grandchildren, Tyron, Samario, Zamir, and Keira. He leaves his siblings, Clarissa (Hank) Ashe-Council, Alice Ashe, Gussie Ashe, and Thomas Ashe; sisters-in-laws, Bertha, Theresa, and Elinda Ashe and nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great nephews and his God-Daughter Jelaiyah who he affectionately calls Princess to cherish his memories.
He was employed by Engineering Solutions and Products, Eatontown, NJ where he worked at the desk he retired from as a Logistician/New Equipment Trainer. Curtis later was transferred to PM Night Vision, Ft Belvoir, VA where he continued to display a wonderful knack for solving problems and loved his work with the teams he led. He received numerous awards and certificates for his work on Driver’s Enhanced Enhancer Family of Sensors. His dedication, superior duty performance and dedication to mission accomplishment and expertise greatly enhanced the PM FLIR capabilities.
Curtis lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, chatting with friends and family. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. He never met a stranger he did not know. He was also an avid music lover. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was a problem solver who took on difficult and unwanted projects at work and around the house.
Curtis has a life-time membership with Disabled American Veterans-the General Washington Chapter 7, and Veterans of Foreign Wars 3103 Fredericksburg, VA.
Curtis leave to cherish his memory his devoted nephew Leon Ash (Corby), Macomb, MI, devoted friends, Coakley Lane Family, Jim Hoffman, Cardell Gunn, Wayne Campbell, Ken Jones, Derrick Kenner, Will Spragan, Gardner Lewis, Ron Weaver, and Lowes friends, Joe Stoicsitz and Kyle, his VA friend, Joe Barrett, Lucas and Jeff of JCs Auto and his many other friends he met over the years-old and new.
“I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years.”
I value the health and safety of the Ashe family and Curtis’ many friends. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and these unpredictable times and the state mandate which currently limits Covenant Funeral Service to allowing no more than 50 people to attend the memorial service for Curtis. I am delaying the Memorial Service in hopes of making them more meaningful for a date that holds a special memory. Thank ALL of you for your patience and understanding.
Cheryl L. Jackson-Ashe