OBITUARY

Larry Graham Ashley

January 3, 1932August 23, 2018

Larry Graham Ashley, of Nacogdoches, Texas, formerly of Ft. Worth, Texas, passed away quietly on August 23, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Larry was born January 3, 1932 in Armorel, Arkansas to Grover Graham Ashley and Merle McNeill Ashley. He attended high school in Blytheville, Mississippi and graduated from University of Arkansas, School of Engineering. Larry served four years in the United States Air Force. Later, he was employed as an aeronautical engineer at General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin where he assisted in planning and designing the F16 fuselage. While living in Ft. Worth, Larry met and married Dorothy Sutton in 1974. They spent many years together as avid sports fans. Enjoying the outdoors was a huge part of the Ashleys’ life including tennis, waterskiing, and snow skiing. Traveling, especially long road trips with scenic routes were a favorite pastime. Larry’s hobbies included woodworking, puzzle making, recording music, writing limericks, and bicycle riding. Larry’s love of animals was evident. Dogs and cats were favorites. Especially his feline companion, Groucho. Larry will be remembered as a gentle giant with a quick wit and a warm heart. Larry will be missed by his wife, Dorothy Sutton Ashley, of Nacogdoches; sister, Evelyn Banister, of Harlingen; nephew, Stephen Banister, of Bryan; niece, Cynthia Banister, of Austin and great nephew, Ryan Banister. He was also loved by a host of extended family members. Special thanks to his caregivers Rhonda Pruitt and Emma Upshaw.

A graveside service will be Sunday, August 26, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church Renovation Fund, Nacogdoches County Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Larry will be missed by his wife, Dorothy Sutton Ashley, of Nacogdoches; sister, Evelyn Banister, of Harlingen; nephew, Stephen Banister, of Bryan; niece, Cynthia Banister, of Austin and great nephew, Ryan Banister. He was also loved by a host of extended family members.

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  • Graveside Service Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Biography

Larry Graham Ashley, of Nacogdoches, Texas, formerly of Ft. Worth, Texas, passed away quietly on August 23, 2018 at the age of 86 years.
Larry was born January 3, 1932 in Armorel, Arkansas to Grover Graham Ashley and Merle McNeill Ashley. He attended high school in Blytheville, Mississippi and graduated from University of Arkansas, School of Engineering. Larry served four years in the United States Air Force. Later, he was employed as an aeronautical engineer at General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin where he assisted in planning and designing the F16 fuselage.
While living in Ft. Worth, Larry met and married Dorothy Sutton in 1974. They spent many years together as avid sports fans. Enjoying the outdoors was a huge part of the Ashleys’ life including tennis, waterskiing, and snow skiing. Traveling, especially long road trips with scenic routes were a favorite pastime. Larry’s hobbies included woodworking, puzzle making, recording music, writing limericks, and bicycle riding. Larry’s love of animals was evident. Dogs and cats were favorites. Especially his feline companion, Groucho.
Larry will be remembered as a gentle giant with a quick wit and a warm heart.
Larry will be missed by his wife, Dorothy Sutton Ashley, of Nacogdoches; sister, Evelyn Banister, of Harlingen; nephew, Stephen Banister, of Bryan; niece, Cynthia Banister, of Austin and great nephew, Ryan Banister. He was also loved by a host of extended family members.
Special thanks to his caregivers Rhonda Pruitt and Emma Upshaw.
A graveside service will be Sunday, August 26, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church Renovation Fund, Nacogdoches County Humane Society or a charity of your choice.