|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1923|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2010|
Clyde Ashworth, 87, a judge, died Sunday, March 28, 2010.
Celebration of life: Will be observed at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St., Arlington. Interment: Old Arlington Cemetery. Visitation: Friends may visit with family members 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Judge Ashworth's home, #3 Homeplace Court, Arlington.
Judge Clyde Robert Ashworth was born in Kaufman on March 7, 1923, the son of Judge Charles and Lucy Nugent Ashworth. He attended public schools in Kaufman and graduated from high school as the president of his class in May 1940. He entered the University of Texas in Austin in June 1940, then North Texas Agriculture College in September 1940m when his parents moved to Arlington. He graduated form North Texas Agricultural College in May 1942 and again entered the University of Texas at Austin. He was concerned that World War II would end before he could enter. He obtained his parents' consent and joined the United States Marine Corps in July 1942. After basic training, he joined the First Marine Division in Australia in January 1943. While serving in the South Pacific, he attained the rank of sergeant and was returned to the United States in September 1944 for officer candidate training. As part of this program, he attended Colgate University for two semesters. He was in officers' candidate school when the war ended. He completed the program, was commissioned a second lieutenant and was released from active duty in November 1945 although remaining in the Reserve.
Upon his release from service, he married his high school sweetheart, Ira Jean Pike, and made their home in Arlington. He entered Southern Methodist University in March 1946 and received his bachelor of business administration degree in June 1947. He then entered law school at SMU and received his law degree in January 1950. While in school at SMU, Judge Ashworth held two part-time jobs, and he and his wife, Jean, started their family during this period with the birth of Clyde Robert Ashworth Jr. in September 1947 and Mark Nugent Ashworth in May 1948. Although there were already six attorneys practicing law in Arlington at that time, Judge Ashworth opened his law offices as a solo practitioner in March 1950.
His law practice was beginning to be successful when he was recalled to active duty with the Marine Corps as a first lieutenant in October 1950. He was assigned to legal duty, and after graduating with honors from the Naval School of Military Justice in Newport, R.I., was assigned duty as prosecutor and defense counsel for General Courts Martial at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va. He was promoted to captain while serving in Quantico and was released from active duty in April 1953.
He returned to Arlington and went back into law practice with Stewart Devore. This partnership was successful and had six partners and two associates when he was appointed judge of the 67th District Court in November 1969. He served this court until November 1982 when he was elected as a justice of the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. Judge Ashworth retired and took status of senior judge in April 1986. He continued to serve as a visiting judge on both trial and appellate courts and served as counsel to the law firms of Jenks Garrett and his son, Bruce Ashworth. He also continued his mediation and arbitration practice to the date of his death. It was during this retirement period that he suffered two gunshot wounds July 1, 1992, in what has become known as the "Courthouse shooting," in which two attorneys were killed and Judge Ashworth and Judge John Hill were wounded. The wounds left Judge Ashworth with permanent partial paralysis of his right leg along with other permanent effects, but he returned to judicial service in October 1992 even though he was required to use a walker at that time.
Judge Ashworth had been a member of Arlington First United Methodist Church since 1940. He served as president of the Methodist Men, a member of the official board and the administrative board, the board of trustees, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent and usher captain. He felt it was his obligation as a citizen to contribute his efforts in civic affairs. He served as a member and treasurer of Arlington Chamber of Commerce for several years, was a member of the Civitan, Optimist and Rotary clubs of Arlington. He served as a director and chairman of the Texas Turnpike Authority and was a member and president of the Arlington Independent School District from 1958 until 1969. He was honored in 1996 when the Clyde R. Ashworth Elementary School was named for him.
Judge Ashworth was active in affairs related to his profession. He was admitted to practice in all Texas state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He was a member and president of the Arlington Bar Association, member and director of the Tarrant County Bar Association, director of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, member of the District XII Grievance Committee of the State Bar, past chairman of the Tarrant County Juvenile Board, past presiding judge of the Tarrant County Board of District Judges, sustaining life fellow for the Texas Bar Foundation, charter sustaining life fellow for the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, member of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism and presiding judge for the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region. Judge Ashworth was honored in 1996 when the Tarrant County Bar Association presented him with its Silver Gavel Award for distinguished judicial service.
Judge Ashworth commented on many occasions that he had a great life and had parents of good ancestry who were intelligent, caring, protective, providing, encouraging and -on occasion - forgiving. His brothers, Charles and Jack, and his sister, Ava Jane, were not only relatives but were friends as well. He had been fortunate in being able to serve his county in two wars. He was blessed by engaging in a profession which gave him the opportunity to be of service to his fellow man. He had a good relationship with his Creator - he said he had a direct line to God and called on him constantly for guidance. He had the love of two beautiful, wonderful ladies and who in turn were loved by him. He had five great children of whom he was very proud and who gave him many pleasurable memories. He had a multitude of relatives and friends who also shared his love.
Yes, Judge Clyde Robert Ashworth had a great life - a beautiful life.
Judge Ashworth's brothers, Charles Nugent Ashworth and Jack Ashworth, and his sister, Ava Jane Ashworth Collins, predeceased him.
Survivors: Judge Ashworth and his wife, Ira Jean, had five children, Clyde R. "Bob" Ashworth Jr. of Lewes, Del., Mark Nugent Ashworth and his wife, Brenda, and children, Hamilton and Sage, of Carson City, Nev., Bruce Alan Ashworth and his wife, Celeste, and children, Lindsay, Jean and Collin of Arlington, Amy Elaine Ashworth of Arlington. A daughter, Charlotte Jean Ashworth, died in 1992 leaving her daughters, Lucy Ashworth Perry and Allison Mansfield of Arlington. Ira Jean Ashworth died in 1996 after being married to Judge Ashworth for nearly 51 years. The Glynn Phillips and Clyde Ashworth families had been friends for over 40 years. Glynn Phillips died in 1997. As a present from God, Juanita Phillips, Glynn's beautiful widow, consented to be Judge Ashworth's wife, and they married in 2002. Judge Ashworth has five stepchildren, Barbara Pace and her husband, Jim, of Kansas City, Kan., and their children, Emily, Nicole and David, and their seven children, Britt Phillips and his wife, Janet, of Arlington.
Published in Star-Telegram on March 31, 2010
Aged 87 years.
Charles Ashworth (1881 - 1945)
Lucy Nugent Ashworth (1886 - 1969)
Ira Jean Ashworth (1923 - 1996)
Charlotte Jean Ashworth (1952 - 1992)*
Charles Nugent Ashworth (1916 - 2001)*
Clyde Robert Ashworth (1923 - 2010)
"Devoted Husband, Loving Father"
"Love and Respected by all"
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