Thomas Michael Ashwood

November 29, 1952May 29, 2012

Memorial services for Thomas Michael Ashwood will be held Friday, June 1, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Orr and Rev. Claire Caldwell officiating. Pallbearers are Cleve McDonald, Randy Camardese, Blake Weiler, Danny Stouffer, Buddy Coleman, Johnny Williams and Billy Dooly. Private family inurnment will take place at the First United Methodist Church Columbarium and Memorial Garden under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home prior to the service.

Tom was born November 29, 1952, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of Thomas Lee and Bettye Ballou Ashwood He died in Ft. Smith May 29, 2012, following a brief but valiant effort against cancer. He attended Muskogee Public Schools and was a 1971 graduate of Muskogee Central High School as a member of the National Honor Society, Boys’ State, and a football letterman. At the University of Oklahoma he was a member of Delta Tau Delta, intramural sports, and the Dean’s Honor Roll. Upon graduation in 1975 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in finance, he married the former Nancy Shanks of Enid, Oklahoma.

Always personable and outgoing, with his red hair an broad smile, Tom was a natural for sales. He began a career as a representative and computer programmer for Burroughs Corporation when computers required an entire, temperature-controlled room. Tom was also a sales representative for Mead Corporation and Ther-a-Pedic prior to becoming a financial advisor for A.G. Edwards and Sons (now Wells Fargo Advisors) in April 1989.

A lifelong Methodist, Tom was an active member of First United Methodist Church, teaching adult Sunday School classes and Disciple Bible Study classes; was a member of the Friends Sunday School class, served as a Lay Reader, was chairman of Christian Learning Council and was to have been chairman of the Administrative Board in 2013. As a civic and community leader, he was a member and past president of Fort Smith Downtown Optimist Club; past governor of the Arkansas District Optimist Club International; past president of the Board of Advisory Trustees of Sparks Regional Medical Center, Abilities Unlimited, and Girls’ Shelter of Ft. Smith. He was fond of golf, New Orleans, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Sooners, the Cooking Channel, and most of all, family and friends. Tom often remarked that the most important things in this life are the relationships you form.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of the home; a son, Brian, of Ft. Smith; a daughter, Dr. Amy Falck and husband, Dr. Cameron Falck, of Hot Springs; a brother, Albert and wife Hon. Cynthia Ferrell Ashwood of Chandler, Oklahoma; a sister, Jane Riddle and husband, Frank, of Muskogee; Aunt Mary Wozniak and Uncle Jack Ashwood, both of Muskogee; and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Following the service the family will receive friends in the First United Methodist Church Narthex.

Memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church Foundation, 200 North 15th Street, Ft. Smith, AR 72901, or the Girls’ Shelter, 2600 Raleigh St., Ft. Smith, AR 72901.

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April 2, 2013

Tom was one of the most honorable and godly men I ever knew. He touched the lives of so many, including my families. I can't express enough how much he meant to us. I know without a doubt that he's with the most glorious God looking down on us all.

Don Woods

June 13, 2012

Nancy, I just learned yesterday of Tom's passing. I am so sorry. Tom was such a warm & positive man, a real biblical scholar. My prayers go to you, Amy, & Brian.

June 5, 2012

I enyoyed seeing Mr.Ashwood and family come out to HardscabbleCounty Club.He was a very plesant man and had a loving smile.I was very greatful to know him for a short time.My prays go out to the family . May God bless each and ever one of the family. Kathy Carlile Hardscabble County Club

Tommy h daffron

June 2, 2012

Tom is one of those rare people we have been given to meet and know in life who will effect us forever.I am truly blessed having known him for 34 short years.He has left us a path to follow, an example to be, a light of warmth to keep us near..

Linda Dickson

June 2, 2012

Dearest Nancy, Amy and Brian . . . I will forever remember Tom's smiling face beaming up at the choir as we sang our anthems. I treasure those last moments I spent visiting him in the hospital, when we said our goodbyes. Even then, he was encouraging me to continue our Holywood Players project on the Christian Learning Council. He was a sweet and gentle man who will be missed by all who knew him.

Jackie Streeter

June 1, 2012

Nancy, so sorry to hear about your husband. You and your family are in my prayers. I know your faith will get you thur this time , I will be thinking of you
and praying for you, if i can do anything give me a call. Jackie Streeter.

Joan Ashwood

June 1, 2012

Nancy, my heart goes out to you. I still can not believe we no longer have Tom's happy smile and laugh. Keep all the memories.
Love Joan Ashwood

Darrell Durbrow

June 1, 2012

Tom was always a person who could be trusted to tell you the truth, whether you wanted to hear it or not. His advice was always sound. I will miss his hearty laugh, his warm smile, and his wisdom. My prayers are with his family, who he adored.

James Wagoner

June 1, 2012

I knew Tom for a long time. He was a very positive person and very easy to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in your loss.

Russ & Sue Beck

June 1, 2012

We are proud to have known Tom, and to have had the privilege to work with him. He was a true gentleman, and true professional. The world was a better place with him in it, and we will miss him.