August 10, 1942 - December 9, 2020
“Al” Ash of Frisco, TX, age 78, went to rest in heaven December 9, 2020 a month after having a massive stroke. He was born August 10, 1942 to Alva William Ash, Sr. and Ruby A. Peddy Ash (adopted name: Ehrlich).
He grew up in West Monroe, La. Al’s father died when Al was very young, thus Al worked various part-time jobs helping his mother.
Al’s love for TV started when it was advertised that a local furniture store would have one of the first TV sets around in their front window, he went to watch this “first”. However, he had to watch a “test pattern” for a half hour before the first program, the cartoon “Crusader Rabbit” started!
Al entered this fairly new field of TV announcing and production while still in high school. He worked at KNOE-TV Monroe, La, and an experimental Louisiana Educational Station KLSE-TV, and KTVE-TV El Dorado, AR, while working at all 3 stations at the same time for a short while.
(The Louisiana Educational TV station which had just started at the time as an experiment could not afford to pay wages at first, but Al did it for the experience.)
Al later worked at Shreveport’s KTBS, as a Projectionist in 1961 and 1962, then took a Cameraman job at the new High Point, NC station, WGHP-TV, where he met his Nancy Anne Crews from Winston-Salem, and they married in 1964.
Then he worked as a Director at WCTV, Tallahassee, in 1966 and 1967. He then took a position at Lexington, KY’s WLEX-TV where he soon became Production Manager.
He is survived by his loving wife, son Dean Allen Ash (Linda) of Frisco, TX and two grandchildren, Cody James Allen Ash and Sara Kate Ash, several cousins in Louisiana and Texas, a brother-in-law in Plano, TX, as well as many friends, ex-neighbors, genealogy cousin/researchers, and email buddies around the country.
He will be greatly missed.
Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061