John Thomas "Tom" Ashworth

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John Thomas (Tom) Ashworth, age 65, passed away while surrounded by family at Lafayette General Medical Center on Sunday, August 26.
Tom was born on September 29, 1952, in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Childersburg, Alabama. He graduated from Childersburg High School and attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
For much of his career Tom worked as a municipal code computer programmer and technology instructor for Southern Building Code Congress International - a nonprofit organization that provides construction code standards used by most jurisdictions in the United States. Tom was recognized in his industry and among professional peer organizations with multiple certificates of achievement and excellence.
Tom loved music and was a gifted musician. He began guitar lessons in middle school and, along with friends, created a basement band that played across the southeast. His final gig was as a guitarist and vocalist for a Sha Na Na cover band.
In 2003, Tom moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, and spent his remaining years with his family there.
After receiving a transplant from Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Tom worked as a volunteer at Ochsner's Baton Rouge campus, as well as with organ donor programs in Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Tom's community work also included volunteering as an intake coordinator at the Lafayette Cajundome in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, sheltering those displaced by the storms.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Edward Ashworth, his mother, Jayne Eudora Walton Ashworth, both of Childersburg, and his cousins Dan Gibson Walton of Houston, Texas, Margaret Rush Walton of Birmingham, Alabama, and William Edward Dobbs Walton of Hixson, Tennessee.
Tom leaves behind his brother, Edward Ashworth, his wife, Priscilla, of Baton Rouge, his sister, Renetta Kathryn Ashworth, her husband, Larry Sides, and their son, James Luker Ashworth-Sides of Lafayette. Tom is also survived by his cousins Cindy Ashworth Kesler and her husband, Jim Kesler, of Carrollton, Georgia; Shelley Ashworth Lee and her husband, Ron Lee, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Hugh Louis Walton and his wife, Virginia Ann Williams Walton, of Athens, Georgia; Jody Meir Walton, wife of William Edward Dobbs Walton (deceased); Martha Sandlin Walton, wife of Dan Gibson Walton (deceased); Georgia Mizell Walton Tylander and her husband, William Hamilton Tylander, Jr., of Palm Beach, Florida; Dan Thomas Walton and his wife, Katie Kinderman Walton, of Houston, Texas; Anne Cox Walton Liles and her husband, Paul Liles, and Jayne Collier Walton Ogilvie and her husband, Morgan O. Ogilvie, Jr., Birmingham, Alabama; and each of their respective families.
Tom fought serious health problems most of his adult life. While our family is terribly sad to lose him, we are grateful that he is at peace.
We appreciate the help and support of the staff of Lafayette General Medical Center, especially those on the 10th floor, the ICU, and the 5th floor PCU that provided care for him and support for us in his final days.
Our family hopes Tom will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his sharp wit, his generosity of spirit, and his willingness to help others.
A memorial service is planned for September 22, 10:45 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Childersburg, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, we hope friends will remember Tom in their hearts.
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Syrie Funeral Home - Lafayette
1417 E. Simcoe St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-235-2305
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Published in The Daily Home on Sept. 2, 2018