1923 - 2002


CHARLES G. ASH, Jr. – 79 - Teacher
LAKELAND -- Betty Ash of Lakeland said her husband, Mr. Charles G. Ash Jr. of Lakeland always found a way to make science lessons leave the book and come to life for his students.  Mr. Ash performed experiments in his classroom, invited guest speakers to his classes, and brought in snakes and other animals. One of the Kathleen Junior High School teacher's lessons made news. In 2000,
 Mr. Ash returned to his old school where he, his family, and several former and current students exhumed a time capsule Mr. Ash's class buried in 1965. Inside the capsule were editions of the Tampa Tribune and The Ledger, a 1964-65 Polk County teachers' pay guide, a handbook on classroom instruction, a Lakeland phone book, cigarettes, cigars, gum and crackers. In a 2000 article, Mr. Ash said that he meant for the items in the time capsule to teach about how life changes over time.
 Mr. Ash died of congestive heart failure Friday (Sept. 27, 2002) at Wedgewood Health Care in Lakeland. Betty Ash said her husband received great joy from teaching."It was his life," she said. "He loved kids and getting up to go see them every day. "He was born in Sydney on July 30, 1923, and came to Lakeland from there 53 years ago. He was a Navy veteran and served during World War II. Mr. Ash was director of the Junior Academy of Sciences for the state of Florida. He was a charter member of Crestview Baptist Church and a former member of Parkview Baptist Church. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Franklin, N.C.
 In addition to his wife, Mr. Ash is survived by his son, Charles Ash III, Troy, Ala.; sister, Florence Lind, Winter Haven. Visitation will be Monday at Countryside Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Socrum Cemetery. Ledger, Sept. 29, 2002

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