Chester Holland Ashburn
Martha Fenwick
William Chester Ashburn Sr.


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1. JoAnn Carrie Beecher

William Chester Ashburn Sr. 1 3 4 5

  • Born: 7 May 1940 5 6
  • Marriage (1): JoAnn Carrie Beecher on 30 Aug 1959 in Centerville, Cumberland, PA 1 2
  • Died: 15 Jul 2002, Carlisle, Cumberland, PA at age 62 5 6
  • Buried: Newville: Prospect HIll Cemetery, Cumberland, PA, USA 5

   FamilySearch ID: LTYC-34D.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Valley Times-Star: Wedding of Joann C. Beecher and William Ashburn, 23 Sep 1959, Newville, Cumberland, PA. 1 -----
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Ashburn (photo)
Joann C. Beecher, William Ashburn Wed in Centerville Lutheran Church

Miss Joann Carrie Beecher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Beecher of Walnut Bottom, was united in marriage with William Chester Ashburn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester H. Ashburn of Carlisle, recently in the Centerville Lutheran church.

Rev. Donald H. Bohn performed the double ring ceremony assisted by Rev. Victor C. Detty, pastor of the Dickinson Presbyterian church. The ring given to the bride by the bridegroom was the ring of his maternal great grandmother.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attired in a floor length clipped Chantilly lace over taffeta gown with a bateau neckline back and three quarter length sleeves. It has an 18 inch pleated net flounce around the bottom of the skirt ending in a chapel train. Her shoulder length veil was fastened to a bandeau of seed pearls. She carried a Bible topped with a white orchid.

Miss Donna Mae Beecher, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Doyle D. Ashburn of Carlisle R. R, 5. sister in law of the bridegroom, and Miss Mildred I. Martin of Newville R. R. 1. They were attired in matching waltz length, deep rose taffeta gowns, with draped necklines and V back fitted bodices. Each had a full skirt, net rose bow in the V in the back, with streamers extending to the hem of the dress. They carried rose carnations and white pompons and white accessories.

Serving as best man for his brother was Doyle D. Ashburn of Carlisle R. R. 5. The ushers were Kirby Burkholder , and Roland Beecher of Carlisle R. R.4.

Kathy Jo Beam, cousin of the bride was the flower girl and the ring bearer was David E, Beecher, brother of the bride. The acolyte was Robert L. Beecher, another brother of the bride.

For her daughter's wedding, Mrs. Beecher chose a dress of navy print nylon chiffon with; a white hat and accessories. Mrs. Ashburn, mother of the bridegroom, wore a brown cotton lace over beige dress, beige hat and accessories. Both wore cymbidium orchid corsages.

George Houck of Newville was the soloist. Miss Peggy Skelley of Carlisle R. R. 4 was the organist.
Following the ceremony a reception was held on the lawn at the home of the bride for 150 guests. The couple went on a wedding trip to Ocean City, N. J. and, on their return on Sept. 6 took up residence at the home of the bridegroom's parents.

The bride is a graduate of Big Spring high school in the class of 1959 and is a freshman at Shippensburg State Teachers college. The bridegroom is a graduate of Carlisle high school in the class of 1958 and is a sophomore at Shippensburg State Teachers college.

2. Residence: on 1 Nov 1975 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 3

3. Obituary: The Sentinel: obituary of William C. Ashburn on 16 Jul 2002 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 6 William C. Ashburn Sr., 62, of Carlisle, died Monday, July 15, 2002, in the Thornwald Home, Carlisle.

Born May 7, 1940, in Carlisle, a son of the late Chester Holland and Martha Fenwick Ashburn, he was self-employed.

He was a member of Dickinson Presbyterian Church in Carlisle.

Mr. Ashburn is survived by a daughter, Kirby Sicklinger of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, William C. Jr. and Ronald E., both of Pittsburgh; two brothers, John F. of Neighborville, Ill. and Doyle D. of Carlisle; five grandchildren: and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Egger Funeral Home, 15 Big Spring Ave., Newville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to his church, 12 Church Road, Carlisle, PA 17013.

William married JoAnn Carrie Beecher, daughter of Earl Sharp Beecher and Jeanette Nancy Wyrick, on 30 Aug 1959 in Centerville, Cumberland, PA.1 2 (JoAnn Carrie Beecher was born on 27 Jul 1941 in , Cumberland, PA 7 8 9.)


1 The Valley Times-Star (Newville, PA), 23 Sep 1959, page 8. Wedding of Joann Carrie Beecher and William Chester Ashburn.

2 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (, 31 Aug 1959, page 5.Ashburn - Beecher Marriage.

3 Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 4 Nov 1975, page 2. Obituary of Earl S. Beecher.

4 Carlisle Daily Sentinel (Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania), 3 Nov 2006, obituary of Jeanette N. Beecher.

5 Find A Grave,

6 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (, 16 Jul 2002, obituary of William C. Ashburn.

7 Carlisle Daily Sentinel (Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania), 6 Feb 2009, obituary of Robert Lee Beecher.

8, U.S. School Yearbooks, 1956 yearbook, image 80, Joann Beecher, Ninth Grade.

9, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Vol. 2, Joann C. Obczky, b. 27 Jul 1941, residence Reading PA.

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