September 12, 1944 - July 29, 2022

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Charles Byron Ashford, aged 77 of Merritt Island, FL, passed away on Friday July 29th.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ashford, and his two daughters, Elizabeth Luvara and Rebecca Ashford. He is also survived by his son-in-laws, Chris Luvara and Richard O’Neal, as well as his three grandchildren, Jacob Luvara, Caroline O’Neal and Lilianne O’Neal.
Bryon was from Pass Christian, Mississippi. He served in the National Guard. He loved football, the New Orleans Saints, and Archie Manning was one of his heroes.
When his daughters were in the Merritt Island High School marching band, he attended almost every football game to watch them perform—and to watch football, of course.
He worked at the Kennedy Space Center for over 40 years. He was part of every space program since Gemini. He retired in 2009.
He had a kind heart, a wonderful sense of humor, and would do all he could to help someone in need. He will be missed.
There will be a small service for immediate family members only.
As Byron was a regular blood donor, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to One Blood.