Deacon George Ford, Sr.


September 22, 2013

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Deacon George Ford, Sr. of 549 Bridges Road, Cordele, Georgia died Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele, Georgia.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:00 p. m. in the sanctuary of the Cross Road Baptist Church, 125 Weldon Road, Cordele, Georgia. The burial will follow at the Mount Olive Church Cemetery in Warwick Georgia.


Deacon George Ford, Sr. was born January 27, 1938 in Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia. He was born to the late Mr. Eugene Ford, Sr. and the late Mrs. Rosa Mae Sanders Ford.

As a child, Deacon Ford attended the Niles Chapel Baptist Church School until the fifth grade. However, he took advantage of every opportunity to learn and increase his knowledge.

He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Milldale Baptist Church. He was ordained as a Deacon and served faithfully. He later moved his membership to Niles Chapel Baptist Church. He served as Chairman of the Deacon Board until his health failed. In addition to his work at the church, he was also a member of The Gospel Aires.

One of the first black farmers in Crisp County, he farmed land in Crisp, Worth, Wilcox and Sumter Counties. He planted peanuts, corn, soybeans, cotton, and other produce. He was best know for growing and selling watermelons. He also served as a member of the Local Farm Board.

On December 26, 1961, he was joined in holy matrimony to Sister Nadine Williams Ford. They, along with their 15 children, shared their lives together until her passing on April 28, 2013. Although we are saddened that we no longer have them here, we rejoice in knowing that they are together again.

Life’s journey ended on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele, Georgia. He was also greeted by his siblings, Mrs. Beulah Ford Pate, Mrs. Estelle Ford Jones, Mr. Eugene Ford, Sr., Mr. John Henry Ford, and Mr. M. C. Ford.

He leaves to mourn his 15 loving and caring children, from eldest to youngest, Mrs. Brenda Ford (Christian) Parks of Costa Mesa, California, Mr. George (Deborah) Ford, Jr. of Ashburn, Georgia, Mr. Ernie B. Ford of Cordele, Georgia, Mr. Wayne (Lonnie) Ford of Ashburn, Georgia, Reverend W. G. (Renee) Ford of Perry, Georgia, Mr. Isaac (Connie) Ford of Brea, California, Mrs. Marenda R. Ford (John) Woodall, Mr. Timothy J. Ford, Mr. Joseph T . (Tanya) Ford, Mr. Matthew C. Ford, Mr. Nathan E. Ford, Mr. Keith C. (Amanda) Ford, and Mrs. Kristee L. Ford (Keadra) Tukes all of Cordele, Georgia, Ms. Lakeisha Ford of Albany, Georgia, and Mr. Christopher O. Ford of Cordele, Georgia; 28 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two loving sisters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Ford Pounds and Ms. Rosa Louise Ford both of Cordele, Georgia; six sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many sorrowing friends.