Mr. Ashby Lee Milstead, Jr., age 83 of Lynchburg, passed away on August 19, 2023, at Heritage Green Assisted Living. He was the son of the late Mr. Ashby Lee Milstead, Sr. and Mrs. Pauline Jenks Milstead. Ashby passed away peacefully from a long battle of dementia and other complications.
Ashby was devoted for 37 years as a biology teacher at Brookville High School/Central Virginia Community College. Ashby assisted families for many decades as a butcher within the community. He enjoyed deer hunting, dancing, and maintaining his wildflower gardens. He was a devoted lifelong friend to many of his classmates at Brookville High School. He enjoyed all things about baseball, from playing the sport at Brookville and Lynchburg college, collecting trading cards/memorabilia and coaching Americas favorite pastime. He was offered a position with the Pittsburg Pirates as a pitcher but turned the offer down to pursue a career in teaching. He encouraged higher education and earned his bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Cary Farthing (Tommie). He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Juanita Harris Milstead of Lynchburg; one daughter, Ashley Milstead Gouldthorpe (Matthew), of Lowry; one stepdaughter, Rhonda Marston Link (Bryan) of Hubert NC; two stepsons, James (Jimmy) Marston (Sheryl); Michael (Wayne) Marston (Jill) all of Lynchburg. Two grandchildren, Luke Gouldthorpe and Matilyn Gouldthorpe; two step granddaughters Jessica Marston Curling (Daniel) and Megan Marston Lacy (Michael).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, 1:00 p.m. at Timberlake Church, 21649 Timberlake Road, in Lynchburg, followed by visitation and reception. During the memorial service we are encouraging those in attendance to share with the attendees a fond memory about Ashby as a teacher or friend. Ashby was always devoted to the Bee nation. He may be gone, but his teaching legacy will remain for decades to come.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brookville High School and Lewy Body Dementia Association www.lbda.org or mail to 912 Killian Hill Road S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047 reference donations as Ashby Milstead 1540 Country Estates Dr, Lowry VA 24570.
Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.