Turner Ashby Walthall Sr., 91, of Gloucester Point, died Feb. 23, 2014 at his home.
He graduated from Achilles High School in 1940, then attended St. Christopher’s in Richmond to pursue his passion for football and baseball. He transferred to William and Mary where he continued his football career until he was drafted into the Army Air Corps during WWII, in England. In 1945, George Halas invited him to join the Chicago Bears which was quite an honor for him but he was still proudly serving his country. Upon returning from overseas he began playing shortstop with the Amoco Baseball Team. In later years he turned to golf to fulfill his love of sports.
Ashby worked for Walthall Pontiac with his father for a number of years and was also an agent for Southland Insurance. He and his wife Emma started Gloucester Florist in 1968 where he delivered flowers until he was 85. Ashby was also a member of Achilles Masonic Lodge #281 AF&AM.
He was preceded in death by wife, Emma; parents, Hayes and Martha; grandson, Neil; granddaughter, Lisa, and nephew, Michael.
He is survived by his children, A.T. (Judy), Wayne (Linda) and Kim; his dear friend, Jeanne Rogers; brother-in-law, Earl Haury; seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Becky Riffe for her years of caring for Ashby and Alice Price for her care and compassion this last year.
Graveside services conducted by the Rev. Gene Cumbia were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Gloucester Point Cemetery. Friends assembled at the cemetery
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point.