Pearl James Ashley, 93, of Jefferson, N.C., died Monday, July 8, 2019 at Margate Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Ashley was born May 27, 1926 in Ashe County, N.C., to Samuel and Myrtle Sturgill James.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Ashley; brothers, Frank, Vance and Wade James; and sister, Maude James.

Mrs. Ashley was a beloved teacher for many years. She was a faithful member of Jefferson United Methodist Church.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Jefferson United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Lawrence. The family received friends from 10 a.m. — 11 a.m., prior to the service.

Mrs. Ashley is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson United Methodist Church, 115 E. Main St., Jefferson, NC 28640.

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Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.