William Terry "Rosey" Ashmore

May 23, 1925 - February 2, 2009

William Terry “Rosey” Ashmore passed away at his home in Anna, Texas, Monday night, February 2, 2009. He was surrounded by his family as he went to live his eternal life with our Lord in heaven. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2009 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. Pastor Robert Helsey of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Pastor David Meeks of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Farmersville, Texas will officiate and the burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Anna, Texas. The family will receive friends beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. William was born May 23, 1925 in Anna, the son of W.T. Ashmore and Laura Mae Outlaw Ashmore. He graduated from Anna High School in 1943. He married Ann Jack Rollins on September 10, 1955. They were married for 53 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, William T. Ashmore and Laura Mae Outlaw Ashmore; brothers, Homer and Alva Ashmore; sisters, Berta Mae Ashmore Maples, Thelma Ashmore Marshall, Bessie Ashmore Franklin, Pauline Ashmore Burton and Lena Belle Ashmore Cawthon. William was a retired rural mail carrier and the water/sewer Superintendent for the City of Anna. He served as Fire Chief of Anna Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years. He also served as a President of the Collin County Fireman’s Association. He was the voice of Friday night football in Anna, serving as the announcer from 1955 to 1987. He served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. He was a Mason and member of the Melissa Masonic Lodge and a member of the First Baptist Church of Anna. He is survived by his wife, Ann Ashmore of Anna; daughters, Teresa and husband Steve Smith of Van Alstyne; Lauretta Blacketer, Sheila and husband Jimmy Moreland of Anna; six grandchildren, Allen Blacketer of Aubrey, Samantha Grimes, Clint Smith and Maverick Moreland all of Anna, Ashley Johnston of Ivanhoe and Kevin Blacketer of Houston. He was also blessed with eleven great grandchildren and sister, Willie Grace Ashmore Jennings of Anna. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Mike Jennings, Tom Jennings, Scotty Cawthon, Jack Cawthon, Terry Burton, Greg Burton and Bentley Powell. He loved being with his family and watching TV with his loyal dog “Bud”. He taught all his grandchildren to play “42” dominoes and everyone always wanted PawPaw as their partner. He enjoyed having family fish fries and cooking his homemade chili. Heroes come in every shape and size. Most are measured by what they do, through the eyes of a child, one of my greatest heroes….is you.

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Dear AnnJack and girls, I'm so so sorry I could not be there with you at Uncle William's funeral. I will miss him very much and his passing is the sadder since Mom passed away in 2007. I am recovering from spinal surgery which kept me in the hospital for a week and will be at home now for aboutm 3 months. But I can remember Uncle William and looking up to him ever since I was a little boy and he was still living with Grandma. I never knew a man who could do so much. He was "Mr Anna" Texas, and we could get away with doing things others couldn't do such as shooting a pistol in Grandma's front yard at targets we set up in the yard. I guess we were lucky that not much traffic was on the road in front of Grandma's house back in those days. I rememer how Uncle William took it so hard when Grandma passed away. But the good news is that Uncle William, AnnJack and girls, is now with Grandma, Grandpa (who I never met), and with my mom, Dovie Pauline, and the rest of the family who put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and are now having perfect peace, joy and the time of their lives in Heaven forever. We too, who trust in Christ as Savior & Lord, will be with them also some day. So girls and family, make sure you've done that and we all will be with my Uncle William some day in a place more beautiful than anything we could ever imagine. Uncle William was truly an American "cowboy" and I truly loved him, even though I didn't get to see him that often in later years. Ann Jack, I still remember as though it was last week when yall got married and then came down in that fancy Ford to visit us on Amscott St in McKinney. What a beautiful couple you were. Diana and I truly extend our heartfelt sympathy to you, the girls, and all of the family. Love, Wayne and Diana, Virginia Beach, Virginia John and Diana Burton, February 16, 2009 Teresa and family, We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. David & Charlene Austin, February 12, 2009 To all of you...........Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Know that your PaPaw/Daddy is in the sky hanging out on the front porch of heaven having a big talk with Jesus about when you all will meet again. Luv you all! Jeff and Loriann Brixey, February 9, 2009 Ann Jack and family, It is so hard to get over the loss of someone so very dear and so close to your heart and soul, Yet in time and with God's Amazing grace, the grief is replaced with so many wonderful, happy memories. I was just sharing a funny (well, funny now) :) memory with the kids about Rosey and their dad the other. John rode the bus Rosey drove and I am sure Rosey gave John several warnings but one day, he actually threw John off the bus for continuously getting up and going to the back picking on the girls! haha!I have so many fond memories of Rosey. I am sure he and John are talking about that bus ride right now. Rosey will be missed. We love you all, Betty Noe and family Betty Noe, February 7, 2009 Teresa, Reading all these beautiful tributes speaks volumes about the special Man your Daddy was. I knew that already ... I've seen the product of his love in the beautiful daughter he raised and the way he loved his children and grandchildren. I always loved the stories you and Steve told about him and I know you will all miss him dearly. I wish I could have been with you all today. Please know you are in my heart and prayers daily ... Love, Susan Susan Feudo, February 7, 2009 As a representative of the City of Anna Police Department, I want to convey our deepest sympathies to the family of Fire Chief Ashmore. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great sorrow. I pray that the Lord gives you all the strength you need. Kenny Jenks, February 6, 2009 Lauretta, I cannot imagine the pain that comes with losing a parent and my prayers are with you. Although it is a difficult time, take comfort in knowing he is in the presence of his Maker and is no longer suffering. I know that God will wrap his arms around you and help you in the days ahead. Love, Misti Misti Trapp, February 6, 2009 Lauretta, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Always remember that someone so great is never really gone, they are forever in our hearts and it is the special memories that live on with us. Halley Ann Miller, February 6, 2009 Ann, Teresa, Sheila, and Lauretta ,just want you to know you are in my thoughts this morning.I'm praying that the Lord has turned every moment of grief into to memories of joy and happiness for the wonderful life you had with him.Place all your burdens on Jesus and you will have 'peace that passes understanding' Nellie J Phillips, February 6, 2009 My condolences go out to Samantha and her family at this time. I know how close she was to her grandfather. I am saddened to hear of your loss at this time. Lorie Lambert, February 6, 2009 My memories start way back when i was just a pup and I would wait for this man every day to come home and hide and scare him or i thought i was doing so.He carried me home in his arms the first time i was gonna spend the night away from home, or i thought i was.He always had the greatest candy and neat things to teach me to say to my mom or dad or i thought they were until i got my butt tore up for saying them.When i walked on that football feild on friday night and he announced my name over that speaker it gave me a more of a drive to win.When i would do any type of work or project for him and aunt Annjack he would pay way more than what i was worth even if i didnt finish the job.He was such a special person in my life that i have no name for him other than I WILL MISS THE HELL OUT OF YOU ,,,,,YOU POSSUM BIGGS FART KNOCKER TURD. George Rollins, February 6, 2009 God Bless you all. I rode the old school bus when I was a little girl.Rosey was always a very nice person. My daughter Shelly taught his grandaughter dancing. Lean on God for strength and He will carry you through. Margaret Lougene Mooney Kindle Margaret L. (Mooney)Kindle, February 6, 2009 Teresa, I am so sorry to hear about your daddy. I just loved talking with you about him. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Eva Mangum, February 6, 2009 Dear Ashmore family, We only became acquainted at the hospital last week. My sisters and I were saddened when we heard that your father had passed. Our prayers are with you and your family. You were so dedicated to your Mom and Dad and making sure thier needs were met. We will be thinking of you in the coming days. Yours in Christ, The Clements Girls. Mary Hemby and sisters, February 5, 2009 Teresa, Sam and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With heartfelt sympathy, Heather Fortenbury Heather Fortenbury, February 5, 2009 Samantha, I wrote this when my Granny passed away. I hope it brings you and your family some comfort in your time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Celebrate my life Remember all of our years Please do not cry for me Go on now dry your tears Remember I will always be with you Your memories I will share When you are all together Know that I’ll be there I will be watching over you And smiling from above Proudly looking down on you And sending you my love Of course I will miss you all But I will not be far away I will live on in your hearts and minds And be just a memory away Now be happy and rejoice for me For I have seen my Father’s face I am finally home where I belong And in a better place Mitzi McCabe 9-9-2008 Mitzi McCabe, February 5, 2009 Ann Jack & Family, When our grandsons Jake,now almost 22,and Taylor almost 20,were little ,during the summer we would swing on the front porch swing,at the end of the day, they could hear Rosey comming around the corner in that old green pick up.They would say"here comes Rosey T.from work!" They were very sorry to here of his death. And when some one would ask our kids,where do you live ,they would say"right across the street from Rosey T".Young or old,Rosey T. will be greatly missed. Love,Randy and Lynda Rollins Family Randy and Lynda J. Rollins, February 5, 2009 Lauretta, I am so sorry for the loss. My thought and prayer go out to you and your family. Stay close to each other because at a time like this you need for family. Remember you have your family here at work for you to. If you need us we are here for you. I love you. May god bless you all. Diana M Whitmire, February 5, 2009 Lauretta and family, I'd like to offer my condolences to your family. May God bless you all and keep your loved one with him. I'm very sorry for your loss. Norfe Linda Garcia, February 5, 2009 Teresa, my prayers go out to you and your family. Your father was a great man and will be missed by all. Heaven received a beautiful gift on Feburary 2, 2009. Julie G Lewis, February 4, 2009 My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Rosey's family from a fireman whose life Rosey saved while fighting a housefire in Anna. I will always remember Rosey for that act and assure everyone that he will always have a very special place in my heart. Harry (Joe) Joseph Porter, February 4, 2009 Ann I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family.Rosey was a great inspiration in my life,when I was growing up in Anna.He will be missed. Don Moore, February 4, 2009 Lauretta and family I am so sorry for your loss. May the Peace of God enfold you and find comfort in His love. Judy Richardson, February 4, 2009 I just wanted to add that I bet Rosey, Terry, Uncle Johnny and Sue are up there having a good ol' party and mom is telling them to keep it down. All you guys are in my prayers. I miss you all. Love, Glenda Glenda Greenway, February 4, 2009 Teresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my prayers. With deepest sympathy, Kemp Willard. Kemp Willard, February 4, 2009 What do you say when you have known someone all of your life??? He will be missed. Each and everyone one of you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear about Rosey. Remember the good times and know that he is in heaven having a good conversation with some others. I loved man, even when Shelia and I were in trouble with him. Judy (Tootsie Hartsfield) Price, February 4, 2009 Your strength and guiding leadership allowed many a young man to become servant leaders, as we followed in your steps. I will always remember you and your kind heart as you led volunteers to perform tireless duties. Larry D. Bartlett, February 4, 2009 Teresa, We are so sorry for your loss...please know we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Libby Meyers, February 4, 2009 Lauretta, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and keep you during your time of sorry. Alesia Thornhill, February 4, 2009 Lauretta and Family, My deepest sympathy to you and family. May God bless and take care of you during this time of sorrow. Tana Ross, February 4, 2009 I know your Paw Paw will be missed by everyone. He was one of those men who you knew you'd love and trust forever. I hope the grandkids teach their kids to play "42" in Rosey's memory. God bless you all. Joy Jackson, February 3, 2009 I will never forget Rosey. Styrlin & Windy Scogin, February 3, 2009 "Rosey" was a funny, caring person. Ann, Sheila and Ashley, I'm very sorry for your loss.. I'll be thinking of you.. Glenda Glenda Greenway, February 3, 2009