ASHWORTH, Joel Thomas "Tommy" Sr., 87, of Varina, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce T. Ashworth; and his beloved dog, Princess. Tommy retired from Richmond Ford with more than 40 years of service. He was a member of Varina Baptist Church. Tommy served in the U.S. Army and was a decorated Purple Heart veteran of WWII. He was best remembered riding his tractor on the family farm in Varina. He is survived by his children, Joan P. Mayo, Dr. Joel T. Ashworth, Joyce A. Evans, Thomas N. Brooks and James W. Brooks; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends will gather in remembrance of Tommy's life on Thursday (today), May 9, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in memory of Tommy, may be made to Varina Baptist Church, 8090 Varina Rd., Richmond, Va. 23231.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.