Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 10:35:20 :
Tuesday, February 14, 1978
Dr. JERRY P. ASHBY, Tiburon clergyman
Dr. Jerry Paxton Ashby, pastor of Tiburon Baptist Church, who had fought a four-year battle with leukemia, died Monday in a San Francisco hospital, apparently from complications of the disease.
Ashby, 42, had served as pastor of the church for 10 years.
He was born in Centertown, Ky., and was a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He earned a doctorate in theology from New Orleans Baptist Seminary.
He served rural churches in Kentucky and Mississippi before coming to Marin County in 1967.
A bachelor, Ashby smilingly referred to himself as “like the Apostle Paul” in an interview last year.
He enjoyed good health and sports until he became ill with leukemia in 1973. He twice suffered long periods of hospitalization, but when the disease was in remission, he was able to go about his normal duties for months at a time.
During his tenure, the Church grew to about 450 members, with some 250 of them participating regularly in worship and study at the 1.5 acre site off Tiburon Boulevard.
Ashby told an interviewer last year that in his first years in Marin he mainly was concerned about how difficult it is to make inroads into the community for his church.
After the onslaught of his illness, however, he shared his thoughts with his congregation and said he found he was more interested in what is real in life, relationships in the church, family and friends, than statistics showing so-called success.
He recently had been in the hospital for two weeks, and his death was due to pneumonia and infection.
In addition to his pasturing duties, Ashby was a member of the Mill Valley Rotary Club.
His father, Edwin Ashby, preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, Grace Porter of Centertown, and his stepfather, Glenn Porter, and four stepbrothers, George, Gary, Allen and Kevin Porter, all of Kentucky.
Visitation will be at Russell and Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley from 6 p.m. today to 1 p.m. Wednesday and then at the Tiburon Baptist Church from 2 p.m. until a funeral service, to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the church.
Burial will be in Walton’s Creek Cemetery, Centertown, Ky.
The family prefers memorial gifts to the Dr. Jerry Ashby Memorial Fund, in care of the Tiburon Baptist Church.
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