Celebration of life services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:00 pm, at the Shepherd Outreach Ministry, 289 Pineland Street, Vance, South Carolina. Pastor Winnifa B. Clark, with Elder Joseph Grant officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 12:00 Noon. Viewing will be Tuesday from 12:00 Noon until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. James “Lightning” Asbury, Jr., a son of the late Mr. James Asbury, Sr. and Mrs. Mary Jane Abraham Asbury, was born in Orangeburg County on November 16, 1947. His body rested and his soul moved to a better place on June 12, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina following an extended cancer illness.
Mr. Asbury attended the Orangeburg County school system.
Mr. Asbury was given the name “Lightning” in his youth because his peers said he was spontaneous. By the time anyone else thought about doing something fun, he had already done it, and moved on.
In 1970, he married Paria Lee Prezzy. She preceded him in death just two years ago on April 6, 2012. To this union, three children were born.
Like most Black men of his time, Mr. Asbury did not receive the best education; however, he found pleasure in working with his hands. In the early 1970s, after starting a family, he began working in construction for both Williams Builders and Matthew Gaines Construction Crew. One of his proudest moments was being a part of the crew that built the first fast food restaurant in Santee, South Carolina, Hardees.
His love for horses led him to travel along the east coast from Florida to New York as a groomsman at various horse training facilities. In 1982, his horse travels took him to Belmont-Aqueduct Race Track in Belmont Park, New York, where he worked as an assistant trainer and groomsman for ten years.
In 1992, Mr. Asbury left New York and relocated to his home area to reunite with his wife and children, who had recently returned to South Carolina as well.
During this time, Mr. Asbury became employed by Bank’s Construction working with a road crew. He worked for seven years alongside some of his closest friends and relatives, including both of his sons at one point.
Mr. Asbury’s work history was limited after having a hip replacement in 1999. Using his previous carpentry skills, he took on small jobs in the Vance and Holly Hill area. He was skilled at brick/block laying, framing, dry wall and all wood work skills. He passed these skills on to his oldest son.
Mr. Asbury also served as a site supervisor, alongside his wife, for the Orangeburg County summer lunch program at Rock Hill A. M. E. Church.
Mr. Asbury leaves to cherish fond memories: one daughter, Juanita Asbury, of Orangeburg, SC; two sons: Jammie Tyrone Asbury, of Holly Hill, SC and Michael Angelo (Cadidra) Asbury, of Columbia, SC, five brothers: Robert Lee (Maude) Asberry and Raymond (Dorothy) Asbury, both of Vance, SC, Irving (Theresa) Asbury, of Eutawville, SC, William Asbury, of Orangeburg, SC and Nathaniel Asbury, of Charlotte, NC, two sisters: Lula Mae (Henry) King and Barbara Ann Asbury, both of Orangeburg, SC, four sisters-in-law: Albertha Void, of Vance, SC, Ivradella Sweat and Virginia (Willis) Prezzy-Troutman, both of Brooklyn, NY and Dorothy Prezzy, of Vance, SC, one brother-in-law: Nathaniel (Clara) Prezzy, of Holly Hill, SC, nine grandchildren: Michael D. Asbury, Michaya M. Asbury, Kevon T. Asbury, Ja’Nae Asbury, Mayah A. Asbury, Branden J. Blunt-Gadsden, Mykera J. Asbury, Maveah S. Asbury and Micah R. Asbury. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews who found great laughter when in his company, and he admired dearly. Also, he leaves a large number of cousins and friends, (“buddies” as he would call them), that would regularly fellowship with him.
Friends may call at the residence 154 Nobel Court, Holly Hill, South Carolina and at the funeral home.