John Edward Ashmore July 20,1918 ~ Oct. 2, 2012
September 21, 2012, 9:07 am by Staff Reports
John was born as the third child to Thaddeus Henry and Hattie Elizabeth Alley Ashmore on July 20, 1918 in Bertram. He worked on the family farm with his father until he enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII. He served honorable with the Navyís PATSU 1-9 unit in the South Pacific. After the war, Ashmore attended the University of Houston and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Immediately following his graduation from the University of Houston, John married Arlene Grace Weatherred at her parentís home in Abilene, Texas on Aug. 27,1950. They made Houston their permanent home with Arlene working for the Houston Independent School District and Ashmore working with several engineering firms and at NASA.
His interests were centered on his faith and his family. He had been a member of Houstonís Second Baptist Church since 1952. He was very involved with the Park Place Masonic Lodge and was past Worshipful Master from 1974 to 1975. he as a devoted husband to Arlene with the family vacations dedicated to visiting relatives. He was a devoted father who stressed the importance of education to his sons and was proud that his sons became an attorney and a physician. He was a devout Christian, a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan, and a dedicated family genealogist.
Ashmore is preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, of 57 years, by his son John E. Ashmore, Jr., and by his sister Allie Marie Pharr. He is survived by his youngest son and his wife, Dr. and Mrs. Thaddeus H. Ashmore; adopted grandson Joshua and granddaughter Sarah Alice of Houston; nephew and his wife, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Halling of Conroe, Texas; niece and her husband Mr. and Mrs. T. Parker of Crockett, Texas; nephew Marcus B. Anderson of Houston; niece and her husband Dr. and Mrs. Lonnie Sinclair of Woodlands, Texas; nephew and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pharr of Houston; niece Barbara Stewart of New Mexico; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Woodway location of the Second Baptist Church in Houston. Interment will follow immediately at the Forest Par Westheimer Funeral Home.
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