OAKLAND — Joseph Albert Ashby Sr., of Oakland, died on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at the Western Maryland Regional Health Center in Cumberland.
Born on June 20, 1925, in Crellin, he was the son of the late Dorsey and Susan (Meyers) Ashby. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Mersing and Rachel Sue Evans and two brothers, Dorsey Ashby Jr. and Walter Ashby.
He was veteran of the United States Army having served in World War II. He worked for Sanders Motor Freight, Coastal Tank Lines, Pony Express, Harco Lumber, Peters Fuel and was the owner of Ashby and Sons. Joe enjoyed gardening, yard work, meeting with buddies for coffee and playing with Maggie and Louie.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis (Willard) Ashby; children, Shelby Witt, of Cumberland, Rayetta Beitzel and husband Bob, of Oakland, Joe Ashby, Jr. and wife Diane, of Oakland, Willard and wife Billie Jo, of Oakland and Susan Hopkins and husband Mike, of Hedgesville, W.Va.; grandchildren, Kindra Davis, Wendy Lewis, Scott Beitzel, Marlana Roach, Jamie Ashby, Annie Ross, Katy Roderick, Brittany German, Dustin Slider, Jeanette Bland, Justin and Harmony Hahn, Kandi Ashby, Willard, Krissy and Nickolas Ashby; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a sister, Caroline Pase, of Georgia.
Friends will be received at the Burdock-Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., 21 N 2nd St., Oakland, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Barbara Rexroad officiating.
A private family interment service, with military honors, will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oakland Volunteer Fired Department, PO Box 43, Oakland, MD 21550 or the Southern Rescue Squad, PO Box 378, Oakland, MD 21550. www.burdockfredlockfh.com.