Hi Dad I miss you so much my heart is so heavy.
Jo, February 18, 2018 My husband, Joe Buster Ashford also has Alzheimer's Disease same as Charles, his brother had, as well as Judy, their sister. My request, to those of you reading this, is, that in lieu of flowers, please consider giving generously to the Alzheimer's Association. They are getting closer to a cure every day. I do give regularly & will now give more; hope you will too. God Bless you all. Now, here is what I intend to be a short story about Charles that I remember fondly. Years ago, I was shopping for a used car. I had in mind to get a Mustang. I asked Charles to go with me & he did. We looked at a Red Mustang. Charles then kicked the tires, checked the mileage , and the written history of repairs, etc. of the Red Mustang. Then we looked at a dark Red Thunderbird. Charles again kicked the tires, checked the mileage & reviewed the reports of repairs, etc. I swear, he was asking the salesperson at least a million questions. Then, Charles looked at me and said " Deanna you would look real cute in that Mustang, but that Thunderbird has a better history, lower mileage, and will give you many more years of good performance than that tiny Mustang." We then test drove it and Charles kept going on & on about the performance of Thunderbirds. Charles persuaded me to buy the Thunderbird and I did get many years of great performance from it; including a time I was run off the road by a truck on the 99 freeway in Northern California & my Thunderbird steered perfectly to get me off the freeway & come safely to a stop. Bless his heart, Charles did love Thunderbirds and owned a few of his own. Thank you, Charles, we love and miss you, Deanna and Joe Buster. Deanna Ashford (wife of Joe Buster Ashford, December 16, 2017