James R. Ashford
James (Jim) R. Ashford, 85, passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2019, at Silver Crest Assisted Living Facility in Davenport, IA.
He was born in Shelbina, MO, Oct. 9, 1934, the son of Walter and Hazel Mae (Fisher) Ashford. Tragically, at the age of 8 he suffered the loss of his mother. For a period of time, he and his brother, Robert, were taken in by his grandparents, William and Floy Fisher, while his father served in the Civil Service in Hawaii. Upon his father's return, he attended five different high schools throughout the country due to his father's occupation in construction.
He lettered in track and field and football at Hannibal High School. In 1952, he moved with his father and stepmother, Emily, along with his brother and stepbrother, Charles, to the Bettendorf, IA, area. He attended the newly built Bettendorf High School and was in the second graduating class. He served as class president as well as football captain.During his senior year, he met his wife, Nancy Halden. After a short courting, they wed July 25, 1953.
Jim worked as a carpenter and millwright early in his career. In 1960, he became a carpenter foreman for Beverage Construction Company working mostly at Alcoa in Riverdale, IA. On Jan. 2, 1966, he was hired by Alcoa as a painter-carpenter foreman. In November 1969, he was promoted to land and building supervisor. He retired Dec. 31, 1994.
In May 1997, Jim moved with his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel, to Fairfield Glade where he enjoyed 20 years of playing golf and for several of those years worked in golf course maintenance. He was an avid wood worker and designed and built many pieces that are cherished amongst family and friends. Additionally, he and his wife played in many delightful card groups. He was active in the Boosters Club of Hilltoppers, Inc. day service program for handicapped adults, serving as president for several years.
Jim enjoyed traveling and has visited all 50 states. In 2012, his desire was to visit the only state he had not been to - North Dakota. With his son Mark doing most of the driving, he filled his bucket list.
He was an avid sports fan and held season tickets to the University of Iowa Hawkeye football and men's basketball games. He was also fortunate to have season tickets to the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball. Due to declining health, Jim and Nancy moved back to Davenport in September 2018.
He was of Baptist faith and was always active in his church serving in various capacities. He was a loving husband, father and great-grandfather. The character traits we loved were generous, loving and beyond most loyal to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son, Mark Ashford of Davenport; daughters, Lisa (Bob) Sawatzki of Bloomington, IL, and Suzanne (Steven) Guy of Worthington, OH; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.
James was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Ashford, in 2011, and his parents.
Rites of cremation have been performed and a memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church (14th & Perry Streets) in Davenport, IA, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice.
Online condolences may be made to the Ashford family by visiting the obituary at www.Weertsfh.com.
Published on November 19, 2019


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Sharon & Doc Ellis
Nov 19, 2019
Nancy, so sorry for your loss. We shared some special times together with you & Jim on golf courses across Tennessee with the Plateau Players group. Ten great years of golf trips.