The funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Liberty Praise Ministries, 217 Davidson Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia. Interment will follow in Willow Lake Memorial Gardens, 1854 Willow Lake Road, Fort Valley, Georgia. Bishop Jamie J. Johnson, pastor of James Temple Miracle Center will officiate.
On this beautiful day, Nathaniel, better known to his loved ones and friends as “PI” or “Little Sudie,” was born April 18, 1944 to the late Willie “Sudie, Sr.” Ashmon and Florence Haugabook Ashmon in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia. He was preceded in death by six siblings: Willie H. Ashmon, Wylene Ashmon Amadi, Bertha Mae Ashmon, and Barbita Ashmon Hopkin, and one uncle Sam Felder.
Nathaniel acquired his education in the public school system of Macon County where he attended the old historic Flint River Farm School and was a 1965 graduate of D. F. Douglass High School. After his completion of high school, Nathaniel served two years in the United States Marine Corp.
Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. On the 3rd of May 1970, Nathaniel was united in holy matrimony to the former Anna Marie Watson, and to this union they were blessed with six children and nine grandchildren.
Nathaniel and Anna shared 45 glorious years of marriage. From the beginning, their relationship was built on the foundation of God's word. The two met at Robins Air Force Base. In an attempt to impress her, Nathaniel would speed past her on his forklift and even jump off the equipment while it was still running. Anna thought he was crazy because after jumping off the forklift, he asked her, “Can a man change from bad to good?” This impressed Anna and they exchanged phone numbers. On their first date for ice cream, Nathaniel arrived to her house and quickly realized that Anna and her mother, Mrs. Parker, were joined at the hip. Every future date was also a third wheel event, but PI didn't mind because he was instantly in love. Needless to say, he won the heart of Anna as well. Their marriage demonstrated the sacred covenant of a husband and a wife through love, laughter and Christ. They loved each other so dearly that they had admirable nicknames for each other which were honey, sweetheart, baby, sugar, and doll baby. The children were so engulfed in the nicknames that they even thought their mother's name were such. When Naiwatha was an adolescent, his father asked for some honey out of the kitchen cabinet but instead of honey he brought his mother. As you can tell, the children thought that their mothers name was honey because he called her that so much. The legacy of Nathaniel continues to live on. Nathaniel loved his wife and children dearly and even made sure that their lives were blessed by God in Christian love.
Nathaniel’s career was spent as a Logistics Inspector dedicating twenty-five years with Robins Air Force Base (RAFB). He retired on July 31, 1993. After retiring from RAFB, he was a bus driver for Macon County school system and the Boys & Girls Club in Peach County. He was also employed with Southern Frozen Food, Inc. for several years and was a self-employed building contractor. Nathaniel’s work never stopped, he dedicated countless hours to his community which was memorized by the city of Tifton, Georgia dedicating the road he resided, “Ashmon Road,” in his honor.
Nathaniel had a new awakening in his Christian life. He was ordained as a minister and later as an Elder. He was a minister for Deliverance Revival of Newnan, Georgia, Jackson Temple of Macon, Georgia, and First Deliverance Holiness Church of Tifton, Georgia. He served as an elder at Light of the World Holiness Church, Macon, Georgia, House of God Miracle Temple, Ideal, Georgia and James Temple Miracle Center, Fort Valley, Georgia.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, says: “For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have already appeared in the land.” On the seventeenth day of June two thousand and fifteen, Elder Nathaniel Ashmon, Sr. was called from labor to reward to a land of beauty, where the fig tree leaves was good for the healing of the body, where the streets are paved with gold and the gates are made of pearl. “Servant of God, Well done.” He leaves a legacy of love and golden memories to his beloved wife of forty-five years, Mrs. Anna Marie Watson Ashmon, Ft. Valley, Georgia; six loving and devoted children and their spouses, LeKashia D. Ashmon, Ft. Valley, Georgia, T’umbia H. Ashmon, Warner Robins, Georgia, Nathaniel Ashmon, Jr. (Zelda), Byron, Georgia, Technical Sergeant Naiwatha A. Ashmon (Shauna), Anchorage, Alaska, Nathaddeus D. Ashmon, Ft. Valley, Georgia, and Natheodore A. Ashmon, Sr. (Crystal), Memphis, Tennessee; nine grandchildren, Ahkanyala J. Jordan, T’Anna J. Jordan, Natiya J. Ashmon, Savion N. Ashmon, Zariyah L. Ashmon, Nathaniel Ashmon, III, Natheodore Ashmon, Jr., Noah Z. Ashmon, and Naiden C. Ashmon; ten siblings and their spouses, Willie James Larry (Elizabeth), Montezuma, Georgia, Alberta Ashmon Harris, Perry, Georgia, and Freddie Ashmon (Bertha), Montezuma, Georgia, Shade Ashmon (Hattie), Augusta, Georgia, Willie C. Ashmon (Marie), Orrville, Alabama, Evangelist Lillie Ruth Ashmon Ambles (Eddie), Snellville, Georgia, Mamie Ashmon Mills, Kennesaw, Georgia, Deloise Ashmon Peterson (Elizah) Stone Mountain, Georgia, Carolyn Ashmon Thorpe (Elder Richard), Lilburn, Georgia, Calvin Ashmon (Geraldine), Montezuma, Georgia, and Victoria Ashmon Rice, Lilburn, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Nettie Ruth Ashmon, Montezuma, Georgia, Thomas Watson, Jr. (Mary), James Watson (Mattie), Fred Parker, Jr (Jennifer), Emma Favors (Eddie), Betty Hayes, Curtis Parker (Janice), Diane Favors (Terri), Dr. Anthony Parker (Dr. Lauren), Rebertha Thomas, Susie Mathis, Oscar Williams, Jr., Doris Marshall (Marvin), and Samuel Williams; uncle and aunt, Joseph Haugabook (Joanne), Rockmart; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.