Roy Columbus Asbury, Jr.

LAKELAND - Roy was born in Silver Springs, Maryland August 4, 1925.

His mother, Laura Marie Banagan died when he was 2 years old and was raised by his
grandparents until he moved back to Washington, D.C. at age 9 where he grew up with
his best friend Ronald Warren's family.

Roy passed away peacefully at home with family by his side in Lakeland, Florida on
July 21, 2018.

He is preceded in death by his father, Roy C. Asbury, Sr., mother, Laura Marie
Banagan, daughter Laura Grace Asbury Williamson and granddaughter, Elizabeth

He is survived by his wife Jacquetta (Jackie) Baker Asbury, son Anthony Asbury
(Carol) and daughter Merri Asbury Elson (Jeff), granddaughter Gwendolyn Asbury
Williamson, grandson Ben Williamson, granddaughter Ellen Williamson, grandson
Adam Asbury, granddaughter Beth Hatfield, granddaughter Lisa Howland, and
grandson Jeffrey M. Elson.

He was the family's greatest protector, supporter, and friend. He was the most selfless
man to his family and devoted his time to anyone in need. He took great pleasure in
athletic activities like running, tennis, and swimming.

Roy was Manager of TECO when he retired after 47 years in the natural and propane
gas industry. Roy was asked to join Rotary in Eustis, Florida in 1964. He served as
secretary and President Elect. He joined Lakeland Rotary in 1966 where he served as
secretary of the 185-member club for 4 years and served as President in 1973-74. He
served as District Governor of District 696 in 1981-82. He served on the Board of
Heartbeat International for Dr. Henry McIntosh for 18 years. He served as the area
coordinator for the Polio-Plus campaign exceeding the goal and leading the District in
contributions. He served as Youth Exchange Chairman in 1980-81 and hosted 2 Youth
Exchange students from New Zealand. He was the Group Study Exchange Leader for
the First Women's Team to Bangladesh in 1989. He earned Rotary International's top 3
awards- the 'Citation for Meritorious Service' for 1985-86; the 'Distinguished Service
Award' for 1991-92 and the 'Service Above Self Award for 1992-93.' He was involved
in the formation of four Rotary Clubs; Lakeland South, Lakeland North, Lakeland
Christina and Lake Wales Breakfast. Roy took service above self as a way of life and
passionately lead Rotarians in countless worldwide outreach programs.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 5:00 -7:00 pm at Heath
Funeral Chapel, 328 South Ingraham Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801, with services
Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 10:00 am at Heath Funeral Chapel.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park, 4620 US Highway 98 South, Lakeland, FL

Family requests memorial contributions be made to: The Rotary Foundation in Roy
Asbury's name at

Condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in The Ledger from Jul. 25 to Jul. 27, 2018.

1925 - 2018