Robert Ford Sr.

Published 6:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

Services for Robert Ford Sr., of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 5 at Cool Spring M.B. Church with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 8 p.m., with family hourfrom 7-8 p.m., at Williams Mortuary.

Mr. Ford, 87, died Jan. 31, 2005, at Jefferson County Hospital.He was born in Lincoln County on May 15, 1917, to Walter Ford andOllie Black Ford.

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He was retired. He was a graduate of Alexander High School andattended Alcorn State University. He was a veteran of the Army withservice in World War II. Mr. Ford was a member of Cool Spring M.B.Church, where he served on the Deacon Board for 49 years and asSunday School Superintendent. He was a self-employed pulpwoodhauler for many years. While in Lansing, Mich., he worked as a spotwelder for GMC Motors. He worked in Brookhaven at the Compress andScreen Wire Plant and as a substitute teacher at Lillie Mae BryantSchool in Bude. He also worked as a dispatcher for the FranklinCounty Sheriff’s Department.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his mother-in-law,Merever Kelly Brooks; his stepfather, Alex Qualls; three brothers,Percy Ford, Jesse Ford and John London; his three sisters, AnnieMae Byrd, Lillie Mae Lyons, and Rosie Smith; a grandson, EddieAlsworth Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Deric Webb and JohnDavenport Jr.; and his brother-in-law, Hillary Kelly Sr.

Survivors are his wife, Elnora Kelly Ford, of Brookhaven; histhree daughters, Shirley Middleton and her husband, Kenneth, ofMcCall Creek, Dorothy Lockhart and her husband, Thomas, of CrystalSprings, and Debra Wells and her husband, Homer, of McCall Creek;his three sons, Leroy Kelly and his wife, Bettie, of Brookhaven,Percy Ford, of Brookhaven, and Robert Ford Jr., of Lucien; ninegrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces,nephews, other relatives and friends.