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“I learned today in the sudden departure of an incredible person! My deepest sympathy to the Mrs. Bullard and the entire family in the loss of the...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Marta Hampton - Work

“Dear Virginia and family, I have thought of you many times since Ashley´s sudden passing. May you find comfort and peace in love of your friends...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Becky King Carter - Friend

“I remember Ashley from High School. We were in the same home room for 3 years. I remember him as a kind soul..My condolences to the family. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Barbara Busse

“My condolences to the family. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Ashley in Atlanta many years ago. I remember him as being a nice and...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Bernice Easley - Atlanta, GA

“Virginia, I am so sorry to learn of Ashley's passing. I loved looking at your beautiful family in the video. He didn't change much since we were in...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Hall Ashley - FL

“This is truly sad news and my sincere condolences go out to Ashley's family. Ashley and I worked together wnen we were both in the Atlanta Regional...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Edwin Watts - Atlanta - Friend

“I mourned the unexpected passing of my friend Ashley Bullard. I met Ashley at the circular book club where his incisive comments always got to the...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: William Cobau

“Virginia, we are so sad to learn Ashley passed away. We will always remember the wonderful Saturday mornings we shared with you both when we were...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Milton and JoAnn Hearne - Other

Virginia and Ashley attended our daughter's wedding in Stone Mountain, GA in October, 1998. “We met the Bullard family in 1978 when they moved from Greensboro, NC (my husband's home town) to Stone Mountain, GA. Their younger daughter, Judy,...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Dottie Coltrane - Birmingham, AL

“My families thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr Ballard will live forever in your Memories, stories, pictures and your personal experiences. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Gary Tawes - Severna park, MD

“Dear Judy and Family,I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I wish I had the right words to ease your grief. I hope that soon your love and...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Darlene Jeffers - SOUTH PORTLAND, ME

“So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Ashley. We were friends from Stono Ferry Golf Course and shared a few rounds together over the short time I...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Jimmy Gibson - Charleston, SC

“Ashley and his father Robert had the best sense of humor round. Never seemed down always had a joke or funny story. So sorry for your loss. Love y...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: David Roberts - New hill, NC

Claude Ashley Bullard, 76, of Johns Island, SC, passed away suddenly, peacefully, and way too soon at home, on January 22, 2022. Ashley is survived by his wife Virginia Langford Bullard, daughters, Kristen Ashley Bullard of Washington, DC and Judy Bullard Hanlon (husband Todd Hanlon) of Severna Park, MD, and grandsons, Jackson Stone Hanlon and Pierce Jason Hanlon; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Born in Durham, NC, August 4, 1945, the son of the late Robert May Bullard and Frances Bullard Cottingham. An only child, Ashley grew up with cousins who were like siblings.

An avid golfer since age 12, he spent summer days at Hillandale Golf Course and played on the golf team at Durham High School. He graduated high school in 1963, attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and graduated from Elon College with a BA in Accounting in 1968.

Ashley had a dedicated work ethic and career with the Internal Revenue Service. His career took him and his family from Greensboro, NC, to Atlanta, GA, Duncanville, TX, Richmond, VA, and then to Cincinnati, OH as District Director, where he retired after 35 years. He loved retirement and donned the mantra: "Let the day come to me!"

Ashley and Virginia moved to Walterboro, SC in retirement. He discovered the Low Country, enjoyed kayaking, hiking, bicycling, and a slower pace of life. They built their dream home on John's Island in Charleston, SC where they have lived for ten happy years. Circular Congregational Church became his spiritual community, where he felt the peace and love of caring people.

Ashley and Virginia, childhood sweethearts, were married for 55 years. He will be remembered as a steady, stable, logical, grounding influence. He brought sunshine and laughter to our lives. A good book or movie, a walk on the beach, a round of golf, travel adventures, cherished friends, babies and children, and his loving family–that's all it took for him to be happy! His wife, daughters, son-in-law, and grandsons, were the light of his life.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022 in the Circular Congregational Church, Charleston, SC at 2:00 p.m. Due to COVID, all persons attending must be fully vaccinated, wear masks, and observe physical distancing. The family will receive friends in the courtyard immediately after the service.

Given that seating is limited and registration is required, we invite you to view the service via Livestream by clicking the following link

Donations may be made to Circular Congregational Church, or MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital Foundation.