J.T. Ashby, 90, Paragould, went home to be with the Lord on December 19, 2016. He was born May 23, 1926, in Knobel to the late Pete and Margie Ashby. He was a Navy World War II veteran and Church of Christ minister. He was preceded in death by his parents: his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Ashby; son Bruce Ashby, and four brothers. Survivors include J.T.’s son and daughter-in-law Tim and Judy Ashby of Paragould; daughters and sons-in-law Lynn and Rick Watson of Paragould and Karen and Jeff Thoele of St. Louis; sisters Imogene Cable, Caroline Melton, Florence Davidson and Cona Faye Ricker; grandchildren Jeremy and Ashley Watson, Chris Watson, Jace Watson, Cody Ashby, Erika and Timmy Conway, Joni Hill, Bruce and Morgan Thoele; and great grandchildren Bailee and Chloe Watson and Aubree Conway. Phillips Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Michael Meredith and Art Smith officiated at the funeral and Micah Brinkley led the song service. Burial with military honors followed in Liberty Cemetery. J.T.’s grandsons served as pallbearers. Lasting memorials may be made to the Children’s Homs in Paragould, Crowley’s Ridge Aacadmy or Center Hill Church of Christ.