Charles Ashcraft, 1929-2016

Charles Ashcraft

The Rev. Charles Gary Ashcraft, 87, of Springdale passed away Nov. 21, 2016. He was born Jan. 10, 1929, in Stuttgart, Arkansas, the son of Walker Thomas and Frances Lee Gunnell Ashcraft.

After graduating from Hendrix College and Vanderbilt University School of Divinity, he served as a United Methodist minister for 65 years throughout the Little Rock Conference, including appointments in Lake Village, Fordyce, Little Rock, Malvern, Camden, Hope, El Dorado and DeWitt, and a time serving as superintendent of the Arkadelphia District. He had also served in the United States Marine Corps.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie Hinshaw Ashcraft; and by his brother, Dr. Thomas Lee Ashcraft.

Ashcraft is survived by two sons, Charles “Gary” Ashcraft II and his wife, Deedra, of Springdale, and grandchildren Sarah and Walker; and Thomas “Mark” Ashcraft and his wife, Tammy, of Maricopa, Arizona, and grandchildren Salane, Staci and Sam.

A celebration of the Rev. Ashcraft’s life will be held Jan. 10, 2017, at the England United Methodist Church in England, Arkansas.