Thomas James Ashton, 86

August 23, 2009

JULY 26, 1923-AUG. 21, 2009

Thomas James Ashton, 86, of Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at Autumn Assisted Living in Hagerstown.

Born July 26, 1923, in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of the late Thomas Purcey and Isabel Ashton.

He was the husband of Priscilla W. Ashton of Hagerstown.

Thomas graduated from Exodor High School in New York. He later attended Harvard and graduated from City College.

Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was an accountant for Read Plastics in Rockville, Md., for more than 30 years.

In addition to his wife, Thomas is survived by two daughters, Emily L. Stephens of Mount Airy, Md., and Charlotte H. Ashton of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one son, Arthur T. Ashton of Silver Spring, Md.; one sister, Dorothy Rago of Sanderstown, R.I.; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.


Thomas was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kezia Rose Ashton.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Michael Hydes will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 9:30 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at

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