Page Ashby in his office in 2018 (Photo by Devin Steele)

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Page Ashby and his sons Bryan (L) and Hunter

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Page Ashby was a quarterback and co-captain for the N.C. State football team in the 1970s. (Photo courtesy of N.C. State)

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Page Ashby in his office in 2018 (Photo by Devin Steele)

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Page Ashby Memorial Scholarship created at N.C. State for CCW founder

Posted October 14, 2021


By Devin Steele


A scholarship at N.C. State University has been named in memoriam of Page Bryan Ashby, founder of Gaffney, S.C.-based Carolina Cotton Works, Inc. (CCW) and a former quarterback at the Raleigh, N.C.-based university.


The Page Ashby Memorial Football Scholarship was created to celebrate the life of the former football co-captain under Coach Earle Edwards in the 1960s and respected business leader in the textile industry. Contributions toward this endowment will assist in fulfilling the Wolfpack Club's mission of providing scholarship support to over 500 student-athletes annually, and specifically towards N.C. State's football student-athletes.


Ashby, who died at age 76 in October 2019, always lived his life with integrity, dedication to family and loyalty to N.C. State, according to Mel Godwin, who led the effort to create the scholarship.


“Prior to Page’s passing, we were able to present this scholarship endowment concept to him, and he accepted with sincere gratefulness and humbleness,” said Mel Godwin, a longtime textile industry veteran who knew Ashby for 28 years. “Page went to great efforts to encourage, promote and challenge those around him. It is with those traits in mind that we want to encourage those around us, who knew Page and those who enjoyed a relationship with Page, to help us achieve our goal to fully fund the football scholarship endowment at $100,000.”


Ashby spent more than 50 years in the textile industry. He founded Carolina Cotton Works in 1995 and continued to invest in the company through changing times by diversifying its capabilities through technology, experience, and innovation. To be more competitive and environmentally responsible in a global market, CCW has invested in production equipment that saves energy and water and reduces carbon emissions and landfill waste. Ashby’s sons Page Jr. (“Bryan”) and Hunter own and operate the company now.


In 1966, Ashby earned a Bachelor of Science degree from N.C. State University, where in addition to playing football, he was a sprinter on the track team. He was a longtime supporter of the Wolfpack Club and enjoyed duck hunting, bass fishing, golf, and spending time with his family. 


“I’m really grateful that I had the privilege to get to know such a fine person as Page over the last 30 years,” said Bobby Purcell, special assistant to the athletic director at N.C. State. “He exemplified a model post-graduate student/athlete. His loyalty and support in multiple ways to N.C. State Athletics never wavered. He always participated in team reunions and was very supportive of anything we requested in the Upstate S.C. region.”


He added: “This opportunity to keep his memory alive through an endowed scholarship gets my support 100%. His contributions to the textile industry are also many. To be able to keep the memory alive of a first-class Wolfpack student/athlete will pay great dividends to the Wolfpack family. I challenge us all to contribute where possible to remembering a great Wolfpacker.”


Chuck Amato, the former N.C. State football head coach from 2000-2006, was a freshman on the Wolfpack team when Ashby was a senior.


“Your talk about a guy to look up to, not only was he a great athlete on the field, but he excelled in academics,” Amato said. “I am pleased to endorse and support the Page Ashby Memorial Scholarship Endowment. This assures the memory of a great student/athlete will be forever remembered.”


"This scholarship has been structured so that anyone who knew Ashby could play a direct role in this memorial," Godwin said. "To that end, whether it's $1 or $100,000, any size donation can be made, and allows you to have an active role in remembering a great individual."

For more information or to donate to the Page Ashby Memorial Football Scholarship, please click here.

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