|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1926|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 2010|
Billy Austin Ashworth, Senior was born on 20 March 1926 in Dallas, Texas. He was welcomed into the family by his parents, Ernesto Vasquez Ashworth & Hattie Pearl Hicks and an older sister, Barbara Ernestine (Aunt Ernie). Daddy had a twin brother, Jack Houston Ashworth. After Dad's mother passed away in 1944 she was buried here in this same cemetery plot. Our Dad's father married his second wife, Dorothy Gladys Kannon and they had three children, Mike, Eva, and Sylvia. Our Dad's younger brother and sisters are still living and his sisters, Eva and Sylvia, were here with Dad a few days before his passing.
Bill A. Ashworth married Nora Anne O'Drain on June 6th, 1947 in Houston, Texas. They had four sons born to their union; Ernest Boyd; Weldon Jean, Billy Austin, Jr.; & David Jack. Our mother passed from this frail existence in April 1990. After being without our mother for twenty years, we know there is a great reunion and rejoicing between Daddy & Mother in heaven. I have no doubt that they are pleased with the gathering of their family here today.
Daddy served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Daddy came home to Texas and worked with National Biscuit Company for a while. Later, he & Mother moved back to his beloved Longview where he grew to manhood with his twin brother, Jack and older sister, Ernie. Upon his return to Longview, he worked for National Linen Service and eventually served an Apprenticeship as an Optical Technician with Hurst Clinic in Longview. Through the years, our father established for himself a notable reputation as one of the finest Optical Technicians in East Texas. Many Doctors of Optometry preferred our father's optical dispensing skills above others in the same business. Dad worked for Hurst Clinic, American Optical, McQueen's Optical (all of Longview), and Barrett Optical (of Tyler).
Our father was a good provider. He worked and taught all of his sons good work ethics. Even though he was a hard worker, Dad believed that a person should play hard as well. His first and only true love, was our mother, Nora Anne, but his second love was the great outdoors. Daddy and Momma seemed to gravitate towards a good fishing hole with equal enthusiasm. Daddy was also skilled in all the manly arts of hunting and survival in the woods. He studied and understood the necessity of being knowledgeable about what fruits, berries, roots, etc. were good to eat in the forest. He taught us boys skills about the behavior of animals and how to find our way around in the woods without a compass. As children growing up on a farm, Dad gave us plenty of chores that helped us appreciate the harvest of a well planned and maintained garden. We learned about duty rosters long before any of us ever went into the military. Daddy used them to monitor our progress on what was getting done on the farm. And those duty rosters were our primers on learning the importance of setting goals and the rewards that came with achieving them. Since we were well trained concerning flora and fauna of the woods and fields, Dad and Mom had no complaints when we hit the woods, creeks, and trails as soon as we had our work done up.
Daddy and Momma also knew that young boys needed a good education so they encouraged us in all our school work. They also took an active interest in working in 4-H and helped organize a large 4-H club at the old East Mountain community where were spent most of our growing up years going to school and living on a farm. Daddy supported our mother in her quest to see that we boys learned about the Lord. As children, we sometimes went to as many as two Vacation Bible schools each summer. As we grew, our parents gave us a good foundation to build upon to make our own decisions about service to the Lord, our family, and our country.
Daddy was sick for many years from various maladies that included heart trouble, diabetes, intestinal problems, liver and spleen disorders. He was 84 years old when he was called by the Lord to come home. I feel a burden of suffering has been lifted from Daddy.
Ernesto Vasquez Ashworth (1899 - 1964)
Hattie Pearl Hicks Ashworth (1895 - 1944)
Nora Anne Ashworth (1927 - 1990)
Memory Park Cemetery
Created by: Dave & Lois Ashworth
Record added: Jan 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64092676