DUNN — Ashley Kishman, 31, passed in the family home on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. She was a special gift from above.
Ashley Kishman was born Oct. 8, 1988, in Harnett County to Roger H. and Virginia H. Kishamn. She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia H. Kishman; maternal grandfather, William R. Hendrick Jr.; aunt, Helen H. Cannady; and paternal grandparents, Almena Y. and Lester H. Kishman.
Ashley was thoughtful, kind, caring, loving and a gentle soul. She was intelligent, perceptive, unassuming and appreciative. It was common practice for Ashley to verbalize and show her love when with her family members. Ashley loved her family and all types of animals, especially her beloved service dog, Harper.
Ashley was a graduate and valedictorian of her class at Gateway Christian School of Memphis, Tennessee. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, Campbell University and the University of Memphis. She was extremely knowledgeable and an avid reader. She had hoped to become a veterinarian and care for those that she knew so well and loved, but a diagnosis of Stargardt Disease (Juvenile Macular Degeneration) impacted that goal.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ashley will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Chapman officiating.
Ashley is survived by her father, Roger H. Kishman; stepsister, Monica Jenkins (Jim); maternal grandmother, Sue L. Hendrick; and uncles, William Hendrick III ( Sara) and Steve Cannady. Also surviving are nephews, Camden and Trenton Jenkins; cousins, William R. Hendrick IV, Susan Elswick, Jennifer Davison, Sean Cannady, Cory Cannady, Holly Cannady, Karin Hoover, Drew Rathbun, Shelly Innes, Teri Howe; her cats, Peaches and Biscuit; and her dogs, Laurent, Luna, Cas and Harper; and a special friend, Johnny Velasquez.
Visitation will be held at 1p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, one hour prior to the service, at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home in Dunn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness (donate.fightingblindness.org), or your local ASPCA (secure.aspca.org/donate).
Arrangements by Skinner & Smith Funeral Home in Dunn.