Michiel Alford Ashley Jr.

Michiel Alford Ashley, Jr.

Michiel (Big Mike) Alford Ashley, Jr. , 50, passed away April 24, 2019.
A Visitation will begin at 2 pm, Saturday April 27 with his Life Tribute Celebration at 3 pm, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Centers, 3001 South College Ave, Bryan, Texas, 77801. Interment will follow at New Church Cemetery in The Edge Community of Brazos County. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Mike was born August 1, 1968 to Michiel and Delores Ashley. He was the heart and soul of his family and the one everyone looked to for advice and guidance. Mike was a big-hearted, quick witted, larger than life humble man with a smile and laugh that matched his heart. Mike was the hardest working provider and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it.

Mike was most known for the love he had for his family – his wife Holly truly was his heart and soul. If he was standing here right now and was asked what his greatest accomplishment in life would be, without hesitation, he would say being a Dad to daughter Marquel and son Mike. He was incredibly proud of both of them and supported them in everything they did. He took and cherished the role of a guiding, loving Dad very seriously. Big Mike loved tinkering and working in his shop with both of them restoring cars or just working on anything they could find. They both have driven pickups that they restored with their Dad – representing a time Mike cherished with them. Seeing them spread their wings and fly out on their own and accomplish so much made him so proud.

Mike would tell you the best thing he ever did was marrying the love of his life Holly. Their courtship before they married 15 years ago was short, but he would tell you it was because he just knew she was the one he would spend the rest of his life with. He quickly realized he had finally met his quick-witted match in her and he loved every single minute of it. Mike relished and enjoyed his time spent with Holly and looked forward to his weekends where they would get on his Harley Davidson and ride with friends. He loved sharing his love of motorcycles and riding with her. Mike adored and loved Holly with everything he had and just loved being her husband.

“Big Mike” will be missed not only by his family but by a large circle of friends he worked with that he considered family. Mike loved Harley Davidson’s, pranking family and friends, working on old cars and cutting down trees.

Mike is survived by wife Holly Ashley; daughter Marquel Ashley of College Station, Texas; son Michiel Ashley III of College Station, TX; mom Delores Ashley and brother Randall Ashley of Edge, Texas; sisters Cynthia Reed of Bryan, TX and Sabrina Hall of Colorado and a niece and six nephews as well as a large circle of family and friends who loved him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in the name of Mike Ashley to the: Brazos de Dios Toy Run, c/o The Ranch | Harley Davidson, 4101 Texas Hwy 6 South, College Station, TX 77845


  1. Holly, Mike, and Marquel

    May God comfort you during this time! Lean on Him and His promise. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  2. Holly, you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you giving you comfort, peace, and strength.
    Carl and Nancy Smith and family

  3. Our deepest condolences for the family and the loved ones. We pray God will forever give you the peace and comfort needed at this difficult time.

  4. Holly,
    Know this is a rough time for you and the family, but just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you all and that all of you are in my prayers.

    Let God give you the comfort you need…

  5. We are so very sorry to hear about Mike. Praying for all. Mat God give you his peace in all of this…

  6. Sending all my Prayer and Love for the Family… Miss all of you so much. My heart is deeply saddened for your loss. Knowing Mikey and Big Mike are together watching over their family brings a smile to my face.



  7. Holly, my heartfelt love and sumpathy are being sent to you and your children. You all will be in my prayers during this difficult time. Love.

  8. In my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything Holly, we are there for you and the kids. The warren’s

  9. Cynthia my friend,

    With all the love and friendship in my heart, I send my sincerest condolences to you and to your family.

    I know this time will be hard, but I also know you’ve got the best support system in the world, God, each other, your church family along with your many, many friends to help you cope. Use them, they’ll be there for you….

    May Love & Peace be with you always.

    Your “FOREVER” Friend,

  10. Mike and Marquel, I am so sorry to hear about your father. Mitzi and I love you guys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love you guys

  11. We are here for you and lift you up in prayer. May you find strength in your love and memories.

  12. May God comfort you, Holly, Mike and Marquel now as only He can. He was a very special man and we enjoyed the time you all shared with us in Caldwell. Our prayers are with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. God bless.

  13. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with each of the family and friends. May God’s loving arms surround each of you.

  14. I met Mike through Malinda, and always thought what a truly wonderful man he was. He met my husband Chad through Malinda as well, and those two would get to talking, bragging on how great their wives were and how they had beaten the divorce odds and drawn the golden tickets!! It was wonderful to hear a man speak with such love and admiration about his wife. Holly, I’m so sorry he was taken too soon, but know tha he felt his life was completely happy and blessed–and that his wife and children did that for him. I won’t lie and say it gets easier… but it WILL calm down and the good memories will come shining through–usually when you need them the most. Treasure every minute you had…magic like yours is special, and you will find him in your children’s smiles and laughter!! God Bless!!!

  15. Holly,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My prayers are with you.

  16. Mike was such a caring friend of the Brenham Fitness Center family. My heart hurts with ever beat at the news and my deepest sympathy for you his family. He told so many stories that I feel you are family too

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