Originally created 09/08/02

Mr. Walter Ashmore (MACON, Ga.)



MACON, Ga. - Walter Glenn Ashmore, 83, died Thursday, August 29, 2002. Born May 19, 1919 in Batesburg, S.C. as the fourth and last son of William Thomas and Carrie Glenn Ashmore. He was preceded in death by his brothers, W.T. "Tommy" Ashmore Jr., R.E. "Bob" Ashmore and L. Colson Ashmore. Mr. Ashmore was president of Dessau Realty from 1956 and continued to work daily until the past year. He was very active in church, business and social organizations. He served as president of the Macon Youth Museum and was instrumental in starting the Mark Smith Planetarium. He served as president of the Macon Board of Realtors, Board of Directors at Bank South, Past Exalted Ruler BPOE 230, and was on the Governing Board of Riverside Cemetery. He served as Secretary- Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Vineville United Methodist Church for 34 years and served three terms as the President of the Board of Stewards of the Church. He actively attended the George S. Jones Bible Class until the last Sunday. An avid golfer, he was a member of Idle Hour Country Club. In 1937, he joined Georgia National Guard 121st Infantry Division and was inducted to Federal service in 1940. He graduated OCS, July 6, 1942 and was assigned as Intelligence Officer, 3rd BN, 331st, Infantry, 83rd Division. In 1944 as First LT, he was deployed to Liverpool, England. Campaigns included Normandy, Rhineland, Northern France, Ardeenes, and Central Europe. After the Hedgerows, Hurtgen Forest, Battle of Bulge, the Ruhr Valley, and a battlefield promotion to Captain, he returned home in 1945 as one of the most decorated veterans in Central Georgia. Honors included the Silver Star, Bronze Star, British Military Cross, Purple Heart, European-African- Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. In 1947, he was asked to help reorganize the Georgia National Guard and retired in 1961 as Lieutenant Colonel, G3 Plans and Training for the 48th Armored Division. Survived by his loving and devoted wife Frances Stevens Dessau Ashmore and sons W. Glenn Ashmore Jr. and William D. Ashmore; grandchildren, Beverly Nagle, Walter Glenn Ashmore III, Ruth Ashmore, Carrie Tomberlin, Kathryn Ashmore. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 31, 2002, at Vineville United Methodist Church and Interment with full military honors at Riverside Cemetery, North section, following.

The Augusta Chronicle September 8, 2002