SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. -- Richard Ashley Grana, 48, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019.
He was born on February 9, 1971, in the United States Army Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany, to Richard and Cheryl Peck Grana.
Ashley attended Reidland Elementary and Middle School and graduated from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, class of 1989. He received his BA degree in geography with an emphasis on planning in 1994, from the University of Kentucky. While at UK, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a loyal Wildcat fan. His interests included traveling, mountain bike riding, history, BMW autos, watching and attending UK football and basketball games and spending time with his family and friends.
He was of the Methodist faith, having joined the church at age 18 at St. Marks United Methodist in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ashley's 24-year career in planning/community development for both city and county governments occurred in the state of Florida. He was employed as the Planning Manager for 18 years with the City of Destin before starting his own company, Grana Development Services LLC in 2017.
Survivors include his parents, Richard and Cheryl Peck Grana of Paducah; sister, Tara Grana of Nicholasville; two nieces, Ashton Woody and Grace Woody; one nephew, Trey Woody; his paternal grandmother, Theresa Grana of Carlsbad, California; two aunts, Ella Trovillion of Paducah and Barbara Pitchford of Lake Placid, Florida; and four cousins, Chris and Gordon (Debra) Spees, Dawn Atwood, Andrea Atwood and Ashley Sheikh.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, N.L. and Clara Gordon Peck of Paducah and John Grana of Carlsbad, California; and a cousin, Mark Atwood.
Services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019, at noon at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah, with Rev. Sky McCracken officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, prior to the funeral service. Burial will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Brooks Chapel Gordon Cemetery in Dexter.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Reidland United Methodist Preschool, 5515 Reidland Road, Paducah, KY 42003 or the charity of your choice.
You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.