In Loving

Joseph Wayne Ashworth

Jan. 5, 1946 – Feb. 6, 2020

ASHWORTH, Joseph Wayne, 74, of Chester departed this life on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

He was born on January 5, 1946 to Joseph J. Ashworth and Katherine Dagenhart. Mr. Ashworth was an EMFN in 1967 aboard the USS Liberty where he received the purple heart for being wounded. He then went on to retire from the Union, IBEW Local 666, as an electrician.

Survivors include his brother, Michael Ashworth; son Justin Ashworth; daughter Heather Ashworth; grandson Jaden Cundiff; and two nieces, Christi Douglas and Monica Nickolaou. He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Judith A. Geiger.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22 at Affinity Funeral Service Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294. The family will receive friends following the service until 4 p.m.

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service

Richmond Chapel


Sat., February 22, 2020


2:00 PM

The family will receive friends

following the service until 4 p.m.

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  1. Jerry "Buck" Dagenhart February 12, 2020 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Rest in peace Cousin. I am comforted knowing Judy was there to welcome you home.

  2. Justin February 15, 2020 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Dad I am gonna miss all the times we had together all your wisdom and insight. You were so much bigger then life. I’ll always be amazed at how no matter where we went you always knew someone in the room or someone remembered you. There was. No shortage of times where you could find humor in almost everything. Rest in peace dad I love you

  3. Frank Hite February 15, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

    RIP Joe. Glad you came to Breakfast with the GWHS and Southside Boys. Keep on Rocking My Friend

    • Alex Poindexter February 15, 2020 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Joe you will be missed by many.
      I’ve learned so many things from you over the years that I still use to this day. You where stern with me when needed and helped me when I was down at times.

      I was telling tattoo shop stories the other day thinking of you and to hear this news saddens me greatly.

      Thanks for everything joe.

    • Kerri Nester February 15, 2020 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      Joe certainly going to miss you, So glad I got to meet you many years ago, You were always a great funny person to hang with, Will always think of you, R.I.P my friend, Prayers for all the family He was a great person.

  4. Stephanie Keith February 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    You will be missed. ❤

  5. Janet Evans February 15, 2020 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I haven’t seen Joe since high school, but he was always a good person. So sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in peace, old friend…

  6. Steve Armstrong February 16, 2020 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace my brother. You passed thru this world leaving your influence on all those that you met. From the high school days to the highway days I loved you like a brother. See ya on the other side Joe

  7. Kathy Boatwright Walton February 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Going to miss your smile and laugh. Hope brother Mike was there to meet you.

  8. Tommy Stewart February 19, 2020 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    we had some good times together and we worked hard together I’ll remember them fondly. gonna miss ya bro. RIP.

    we had some good times together

  9. Jeannette Snow February 20, 2020 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Our Thoughts And Prayers Go Out to the Family During This Time Of Sorrow.

    Joe was a special friend of my Dad’s (David Morrow). They are now reunited with no more suffering.

    R.I.P. Joe and Daddy

    Deepest Sympathy

  10. Kristen Gainey February 20, 2020 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    For a time in my life Joe selflessly took me in. He fed me and gave me shelter even though I never deserved any of it. I will forever be grateful to him for the love that he showed to me. He is a very honorable person and I am privileged to have known him. My prayers and condolences to his family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Justin February 24, 2020 at 1:37 pm - Reply


  11. Lee Lowe February 22, 2020 at 11:26 am - Reply

    We gave them hell, It was an honor being your brother, you will be missed.

  12. Teresa Mayfield Herbert February 23, 2020 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Leaving a hole in my heart with your passing. Friends fir so long . It’s hard to believe I can’t pick up the phone and hear your voice. You will be missed so much. I hope to see you on the other side. Sending love and peace to Heather and Justin at this very difficult time.

  13. Heather Ashworth February 26, 2020 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Dad. I will miss you dearly everyday. You were my everything. No matter what you always had my back. I’m not sure how to go on with life without you. I’m glad that your finally at peace and dont have to suffer another second. I love you with all my heart and will see you again one day. Until then fly high and dont have to much fun without us up there! Love you daddy! ❤

  14. Ronald George Kukal February 27, 2020 at 8:12 am - Reply

    As the Chaplain for the USS Liberty Veterans Association I would just like to say that every man who served aboard the USS Liberty, should be considered a hero’s, hero. The pain these men have had to endure not only from the attack, but from the aftermath, is almost beyond description. Joe will certainly be remembered by all the survivors. Yes we are getting smaller in number, but the family can rest assured that Joe, and his shipmates will walk the halls of every military memorial in this nation, reminding all that the Liberty crew not only had to bear the attack, but the treatment by our own government afterwards. May he rest now in peace, and we will all be joining him someday, walking those golden streets of heaven .

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