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The good Lord giveth and the good Lord taketh away. This time, He has come into our midst and taken our beloved, Forest Lee Ashby. He entered into the land of glory early in the morning on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg.
His life began on September 10, 1933, the son of the late Dorothy Wallace and Van E. Ashby. He confessed Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, and joined Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. He later joined Union Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member and church sexton until his health began to fail. Forest attended the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. He was employed by Mama Steve’s Pancake House and The Jefferson Inn for more than 40 years.
‘Uncle Forest,’ as he was so affectionately called, was a very quiet and humble person and always kept a smile. If he was not at work, he could be found in his garden and posing beside his crops. God truly blessed his family with a beautiful person to share 83 years with. To know him was to love him. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Forest was also preceded in death by his brothers, Eugene Sr., Harold, Lawrence, Albert Sr. and Edward Lee. His precious memories will always remain in the hearts of those who loved him dearly, his brothers, Carl E. Ashby and Lloyd Jones; aunts, Doretha Millender (Mack) of Akron, Ohio, and May Wallace of Williamsburg; devoted niece and caregiver, Abedelia Ashy Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and many caring friends.
Mr. Ashby may be viewed from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Whiting’s Funeral Home. A service in remembrance of his life will be held at noon Friday, May 6, at Union Baptist Church with Pastor Clarence R. Bolton officiating. Interment to follow in Williamsburg Memorial Park. Family and friends will assemble by 11:30 a.m. at the church.
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