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Washington Co. Museum curator dies of Covid-19

Ashlea Cherie Singleton, the curator of the Washington County History Museum died Sunday night, Aug. 8. Singleton, 47, of Chatom, had been diagnosed with Covid-19 just a week earlier.

She had posted on Facebook Aug. 3 that she had tested positive for the virus. She kept a running commentary all week, describing her symptoms. Her last post was at 6:18 a.m. Sunday when she wrote, “My oxygen sats just hit 87! Keep praying!”

Earlier she wrote about coughing and having a fever. On Aug. 5 she wrote, “I still have my sense of taste and smell and I’ve not had trouble breathing, so I’m counting that as a win. Thanks to everyone who’s checked on me.”

Her sister, Sondra West posted on Facebook Sunday night, “2 years ago, my sister, Ashlea Cherie Singleton, fulfilled a dream and saw the Queen of England and the Royal Family in person. Today, she fulfilled her greatest accomplishment and saw The King Of Kings! She was a homebody, yet loved to travel and see sights and history…and she has made it HOME!”

West asked for prayers for the family.

Kerry Dunaway, curator of the Clarke County Museum, said, “I met her through the St. Stephens Historical Commission and we volunteered at a few events together. She was a passionate promoter of Washington County history. She was always willing to help people research their genealogy and went the extra mile for the museum. I am in shock at the news of her death.”

In her initial post on Aug. 3 Singleton said she thought she just had sinus and strep but the diagnosis was otherwise. She said she hadn’t lost her taste or smell, as many Covid patients do.

“Please be careful out there. Mask up. Wash your hands,” she wrote.

She is survived by her parents, Audrey and Charles Singleton; siblings, Sondra and Larry West, and Chad Singleton and other relatives.

The funeral is tentatively set for Saturday, Aug. 14 at Reynolds Holiness Church. Visitation will be at 3 p.m. and the service at 4. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

Lathan Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The South Alabamian
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