Willard M. Ashburn, 92, passed away on September 27, 2016 from complications of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was born in Northern Neck, VA. Predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Beam; sister, Dorothy Starr & one stepgrandchild. He is survived by his wife, Cherie Ashburn; daughters, Judy South (Ross), Ann Anders (Lee) & Joyce Cool (Steve); four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four stepchildren; 16 stepgrandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; and his beloved poodle, Bessie. He began his career at Martin Air Craft & spent 32 years as facility planner with the D.C. Government. He served in the Army Air Corps for four years. He retired to Bradenton in 1987. He was a member of Potomac Masonic Lodge #5 in DC, Royal Arch, Sahib Shrine & the Gulf Shrine Club of Sarasota, the Eastern Star of Bradenton, and served as past president of Anna Maria Island High 12. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8th from 3 PM until the time of service at 4 PM at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Oct. 2, 2016