If you’re out by Jefferson County’s Deep Springs Road and see a stout older fellow checking the oil on his daughter-in-law Shelley’s car, or sanding on some artsy dustpans, you may have seen 99 year-old Ashley Valentine.

Born in 1923 in Sevier County’s Richardson Cove, Ashley was one of three sons and two daughters of Rev. A.P. and Tildy Ogle Valentine. Rev. Valentine preached at a good number of churches in Sevier and Cocke Counties as well as working his Pittman Center farm to provide for his family. Ashley is an ancestor of Gatlinburg’s earliest settlers on the Ogle side of the family, with his great-great grandfather being the first settler in the town. He’s also one of the fewer living combat veterans of World War II.