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Ashby family donates $1.8 million for student scholarships

Union University President David S. Dockery (left) accepts a check from BancorpSouth representatives Doug Roth (center) and Gary Grisham on behalf of the Ashby family. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Union University President David S. Dockery (left) accepts a check from BancorpSouth representatives Doug Roth (center) and Gary Grisham on behalf of the Ashby family. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.Nov. 9, 2011 – Union University received a check for $1.8 million Nov. 9 from the estate of Robert and Dera Ashby.

Gary Grisham, president of BancorpSouth in Jackson, and Doug Roth, senior vice president and regional manager of BancorpSouth, delivered the check to Union University President David S. Dockery. The money will be used for student scholarships.

Dera Ashby died in 2009, and her husband passed away several years earlier. For many years, they ran Ashby Lumber in Jackson. Mrs. Ashby was a 1966 Union graduate in nursing.

“We are deeply grateful to the Ashby family and the leaders of BancorpSouth for this generous gift that will support Union students for many years to come,” Dockery said.


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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