James Roby Asbury, Jr., 84, of Wellington died Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at EMH Healthcare, surrounded by his family. He was born October 16, 1928 in Tazewell, Virginia, to the late James R. and Fannie Asbury, Sr.
James worked for GM and retired in 1987 after 34 years of service. Following his retirement, he drove the street sweeper for the Village of Wellington. He was a lifetime member of the Lorain County Beagle Club and was honored as the Beagler of the Year. James was also a member of the LaGrange Church of God, where he served as Superintendent of Sunday School and on the Pastor’s Council.
He also was a member of the McDonald’s Coffee Club. James enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and beagling and coached Little League. He was also well known for his garden. More than anything, James cherished being surrounded by his loving family.
James is survived by his children, Judy A. Meadows, of Wellington, Juanita (Dave) Sawyer, of Wellington, Debra (Thomas) Durham, of Wellington, Michael Roby (Karen) Asbury, of Elyria, James Daniel (Kimberly) Asbury, of Inman, South Carolina, Roger A. (Michelle Johnson) Asbury, of LaGrange, Mary Kay (Christopher Adams) West, of Wellington, Nancy (John) Shope, of Wellington and Steven (April) Asbury, of LaGrange; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Survivors also include his siblings, Elsie Lambert, Helen Proffitt, Bertie Elswick, Joe Asbury, all of Tazewell, Virginia, Nannie Ball, of Roanoke, Virginia, Oscar Asbury, of Pennsylvania and Danny Asbury of Roanoke, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Edith Louise; and brothers, Melvin and John Asbury.
Friends and family will be received on Sunday, November 25, 2012, from 3 until 7 P.M., at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 South Main St., Wellington. Funeral services will be Monday, November 26, 2012, 11 A.M., at the LaGrange Church of God, 502 North Center St., LaGrange with Reverend Danny Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.
Donations, in James memory, may be made to The Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region, P.O. Box 271, Tallmadge, OH 44278.