Thomas Johnson Ashcraft

September 25, 2018

Thomas Johnson Ashcraft, 66, of Charlotte died September 25, 2018 at his home.  A Charlotte native, Tom was born on October 1, 1951, the son of Ben Charles Ashcraft and Sara Johnson Ashcraft.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Tom dearly loved his family and was passionate about golf which he played regularly as a member of Myers Park County Club. He was a life-long member of St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte where he was baptised as an infant.

In addition to practicing law, Tom’s career included serving as a legislative aid to the late Senator Jessie Helms in the 1980’s and later serving as the US Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1987 until 1993.

Tom is survived by his sister, Nicky Wallace of Greenville, SC and nieces and nephews, Monte Stone and her husband, Kirk, Sara Spicer Heath and her husband, Tom, Ben Wallace and his wife, Ginger, Shepard Wallace and his wife, Amanda, Courtney Evans and Emily Evans.  In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Ashcraft Evans.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Road East.  Interment will follow in Belmont Abby Cemetery in Belmont. There will be a prayer vigil on Friday evening at St. Patrick at 7;00 PM.

Memorials may be sent to Belmont Abby College, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont, NC 28012.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at





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  • Terry Wear

    Our hearts and prayers are with Tom and his family. May he rest in peace. Terry Wear

  • Adelaide Davis

    Dear Nicky,
    I was so sorry to read about Tom in the Observer and know that you are grieving for him. He sounds like such a wonderful man and brother. I am an only child and so can only imagine how hard it must be to lose a sibling.

    I will be thinking of you, and hope that you know we will miss you on our New York trip this year.


  • Nan Bauroth

    Tom was truly an ambassador for Christ in all he said and did. The people of Charlotte are indebted to him for his unwavering commitment to justice and the rule of law. He will be deeply missed by all in the conservative community as well. I am so saddened to learn of his passing but know he is in eternal glory with his Savior.

  • Brendan Battle

    I am so sorry to learn of Tom’s death. As an FBI agent, I worked with Tom on the prosecution of a number of cases when he was the US Attorney. As a private investigator, I helped Tom with several cases when he was in private practice. As a fellow member of St. Patrick Church, I saw him often at Mass. I liked Tom a lot and respected him greatly. I will remember him and pray for him.

  • Richard Boner

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of Tom Ashcraft’s passing. He was a gentleman and a professional. Rest well, Tom.