Jimmy Allen Ashby


A lifelong resident of Mineral Wells, Texas, Jimmy Allen Ashby, 76, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Service is 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells.
Jim was born May 29, 1942, in Mineral Wells, Texas, to James Walter Ashby and Teddie Haning Ashby. A lifelong resident, Jim graduated Mineral Wells High School in 1960. He attended Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University School of Law, earning his Bachelor of Arts (1965) and his Doctor of Jurisprudence (1970). Jim practiced law in Mineral Wells for nearly 50 years, graciously serving as City Attorney (1973-1976), County Attorney (1977-1980, 2016-present), and District Attorney (1981-1986). He was also Local Counsel for the Palo Pinto County Hospital District in 1995, serving proudly for 21 years. Throughout his legal career, Jim counseled hundreds of individuals, families and businesses with legal issues. He truly was a man of the people.
Jim was an active member of the Mineral Wells Rotary Club (President, 1975-1976), Palo Pinto County Bar Association, and was a Fellow of the Texas Bar College.
Jim loved to spend time with his family. Whether it be fishing at a local watering hole or watching college football and basketball, as long as Poppie was near his family he was satisfied.
Jim is survived by his wife, Linda Kay Ashby; his son, Jason Breisch and wife, Stefani Breisch; his daughter, Jaime Prestwood and husband, Chad Prestwood; his daughter, Jennifer Stern and husband, David Stern; six grandchildren, Zachary Connor Prestwood, Macy Paige Prestwood, Micah Alley Breisch, Levi Patrick Stern, Jacob Jinks Breisch and Finley Leigh Stern; his brother, Walter Ashby and wife, Gail Ashby; his sister, Mary Livingston and husband, Wayne Livingston; nieces and nephews, Beth Ann Jones, Becky Castro, Janie Beth Livingston, T.J. Livingston and Michael Livingston; and numerous friends, family and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Walter Ashby and Teddie Haning Ashby; and his sister, Janie Ashby.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Children's Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County (www.cacpalopinto.org) or CASA (www.texascasa.org).
Published on May 3, 2019
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May 06, 2019
Cynthia Bergeron
May 04, 2019
I am so very sorry Linda ,I will never forget all the wonderful things Jim done for me and my family . My heart breaks for you and the rest of the family .I have always held you both close to my heart . Rest In Peace my friend ..
Freddie Juarez
May 04, 2019
I didn't really know him but whenever he saw me he would always say hello. God bless him and his family
Bobby Mann
May 04, 2019
All that needs to be said is Jim was a Great man. As honest as any human could possibly be and a man who truly cared about his clients and everyone he knew. I was honored to be his Law Partner for a number of years!
Susan VanOrmanross
May 04, 2019
Dear Linda,

Jim was a wonderful man....sending our love to you and your family...


Susan Ross and Cynthia Ross Williams
David Spiller, Jacksboro
May 04, 2019
Jim was a dear friend of mine. I just learned of his passing today. As a young and new lawyer, 31 years ago, I handled a felony case in Palo Pinto County. At a pretrial hearing, my client's case had been set for trial the following Monday morning. Jim was in court that day, saw what was happening, could tell that I was in a bind, and graciously offered his assistance to me. He and I tried the case before a jury and obtained a Not Guilty verdict (which was the proper outcome). I never forgot that, and I have passed that story on to many attorneys and others over the years. I use it as an example of how older, experienced attorneys can and should foster and help young attorneys. I disc...ussed that story with Jim many times, always bringing it up to him to show how much I appreciated it and how I would never forget it. Jim and I helped each other over the years, discussing issues in the areas of law that we practiced together. The last time I was in the Palo Pinto Courthouse on a legal matter, I made sure I took time to stop and visit with Jim. He was an excellent attorney, very wise, and very honest and fair with everyone he dealt with. He was the type of attorney (and man) that young attorneys should aspire to become. I will miss him, and I know that his family, his colleagues, and the good people of Palo Pinto County will miss him as well. Two scripture verses come to mind in remembering Jim - James 1:2-5 and Philippians 2:3-4. I wish Linda and his family the very best.Read more
Carlene Dugger
May 04, 2019
Linda I am so sorry. Thoughts and prayers.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»
Kenneth & Hyacinth Hall
May 04, 2019
Sincere sympathy to Linda and family on the loss of a loving, caring, and generous husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He will be greatly missed by the Mineral Wells community. Rest in peace Jim.
L. J. Abernathy
May 03, 2019
Jim was a man of integrity and compassion.
His sense of justice and his work in the community will be missed.
He was always gracious, quick witted and succinct.
My condolences to his family.
Vickie Willingham
May 03, 2019
Mr. Ashby was such an icon in our community. He truly believed in what was right... what was just.. what was true.
I appreciated the opportunity to serve with him in the capacity of protecting children in our community. I’m sad he’s passed. He was a champion for children.
My most sincere condolences to his family.
Thelma Davis
May 03, 2019
Jim was a wounderful person. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Jim since I was in high school. Him and family were always good to everyone.
Thelma Davis
May 03, 2019
Jim was a wounderful man. I know he loved his family and he will be missed..I am so sorry for you loss.
Bobbie Smith and Renda Smith
May 03, 2019
Ms. Ashby and family,
We grieve with you. Mr. Ashby was a wonderful man. He will be missed.