Family, Friends Mourn Death Of Ashley Stephenson

People across Eastern Carolina and all of us at WITN are mourning the loss of Ashley Stephenson.

Ashley was a member of the WITN family for more than five years.

He shared his talents at WITN in many different ways. Ashley first worked in production. He started in audio, learned master control and became a great director.

Ashley later worked in promotions, and most recently, in sales.

Ashley's funeral was held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Washington.

Ashley was an outstanding individual. He was creative, fun and genuinely loved people.

Ashley was happily married, and he was a fantastic father to an amazing little boy. He loved Washington and Beaufort County and was active in his church and politics.

Ashley was just 46 when he died Monday morning. He will be greatly missed, and we will forever remember his laughter and his love.

Our thoughts are with his family.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:03 PM
    46 and dies of natural causes...what a shame.
  • by Brooks Location: Mebane, NC on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    It has been my pleasure to have watched Ashley grow into the adult we all want to be. We called him "Ace" for obvious reasons. I served as his Scoutmaster and he kept every one laughing. He was always the Scout to set the example with his personality and his leadership. He has been a blessing to me. My best goes to Paula and Rocky.
  • by Cynthia B. Moore Location: St. Croix, Virgin Islands on Mar 25, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    I've known Ashley since the third grade when I would tattle on him to his mother about all his crazy antics. I attended his wedding as a surprise to him. We reconnected briefly on FACEBOOK last year. He could still make me laugh after all these years. His sense of humor and kindness was extraordinary. Ashley was loved and he loved. He was a great friend. I will miss him at our high school reunion next year as will the rest of our class. May God be with Paula and Rocky. They have their own personal angel now.
  • by Jenny Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:19 PM
    so sad to see such a great guy leave us.
  • by Sheila Location: Raleigh on Mar 24, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Ashley blessed my life with his friendship many years ago, enriched by his sincere smile and genuine caring that he shared with you each time you met. He then found the love of his life, his truly beautiful and special wife, Paula and then their love grew even more with the birth of their wonderful son, Rocky. Ashley's love of his family, God and fellow man filled his heart over and he openly shared his happiness with you. I am grateful for the fun stories laced with laughter and all the fond memories he gave to all of us who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go with you, Paula, Rocky and all your family. You will be missed always but never forgotten. I am heartbroken by the loss of a friend as special as you.
  • by Dean Location: Chocowinity on Mar 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    As one of his deacons I was honored to serve Ashley. He was universally loved by all he knew and will be deeply missed by all of his church family. We are secure Ashley is now in heaven with His Lord.
  • by Chastity Location: Washington, NC on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:28 PM
    As Catherine Glover suggested in an earlier post, I will be driving separate to Ashley's funeral. What a great way to honor him and show how much we all loved him.
  • by Jason Madre Location: Wake Forest, NC on Mar 23, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    As a dental lab student looking for a job in my hometown, I swallowed the lump in my throat and tentatively knocked on the door. At 20 years old and no experience, I was nervous. At that time almost 15 years ago, there were only two labs in town, and the other one wasn’t hiring. This was my last chance. The door opened and Ashley’s smiling face greeted me. I introduced myself and he invited me in like an old friend. Although he was working through lunch and work was piled up on his desk, he took the time to give me a tour of the lab, then we chatted for thirty minutes. His gentle demeanor immediately put me at ease. His recommendation got me that job. A few weeks ago a student began his first day as an intern at our lab. He looked as scared as I must have looked 15 years ago. With a smile and warmth I learned from Ashley, I gave the student a tour and did my best to ease his fears, just like Ashley did for me. I am grateful for the difference Ashley Stephenson made in my life.
  • by Tommy Location: Graham, NC on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    I have been blessed to call Ace my friend, as well as his three brothers and his folks for about 30 years now. I've just read every single one of these comments and just said...yep yep that's right to all. This outpouring is just a testament to Ashley's spirit and personallity. This isn't's really who he was. A kinder person I've never met. And it wouldn't surprise me in the least to hear the party who lost the Stephenson lawsuit, smiled and shook Ashley's hand after their defeat. There is such a void in my heart at the loss of this friend...Ashley, you truely graced my life. God Bless You.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2010 at 05:21 PM
    I was a restaurant manager back in the 90's in little Washington. Sometimes things ran rough and many customers would complain. I rememeber several times Ashley, who I didnt even know at the time, but now do from the photo, came in during those rough times. My memeory of him always stood out to this day becuase he still smiled and found nothing to complain about. When I saw this photo, I realized who the always nice guy customer was. I feel just like everyone here with my little experience with him.

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