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H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

1020 Spring Street Nw, Atlanta, GA

OBITUARY

Ford Wofford

October 27, 1996November 5, 2019

Milton “Ford” Russell Wofford III, 23, dearly loved son, brother, grandson and friend died on Tuesday, November 5. Born in Atlanta, GA on October 27, 1996, Ford was the eldest son of Dori (Smith) Wofford and Milton Russell Wofford, Jr. He offered the world so many talents: his intelligence and passion for learning, his great sense of humor, his infectious smile, his fearlessness and an awe-inspiring athleticism. Ford was so strong and agile that he could literally climb the walls from an early age, and his parents have the emergency room bills to prove it. A gifted artist, Ford could look at something, see its essence and draw it with great beauty and detail.

Ford attended Haygood Preschool, The Children’s School, Woodward Academy, The Carlbrook School and graduated from Eaton Academy. He pursued his interest in pharmacology at Oglethorpe University and, as an avid autodidact, taught himself Spanish and neuroscience.

Cherishing his memory are his parents, Dori and Russell Wofford; his brothers Teddy and Richard; his grandparents, Yvonne Smith Glancy and the late Edward Smith, and Lucy Wofford and the late Milton Wofford, Sr.; his aunts and uncles, Ann and Darren Holley, David and Beth Wofford, Debra Smith McCoy, and cousins Hank, Lucy, and Heath Holley, Mellisa Douda, Amanda Coggsdale, and Scott and the late Lauren Wofford.

Ford’s family will cherish the many good times, especially Ford’s fondness for fun and pranks. Houseguests, friends and siblings quickly learned to beware of young Ford’s late-night Saran-wrapped toilet bowl tricks, and laughed along at his encyclopedic memory for the best lines from comedic T.V.

Though there were many happy times to relish, Ford struggled with mental illness over the past several years, which robbed him of the abundant joy and promise in his life. Ford knew that he was ill, and spent countless hours researching and seeking to understand his disease. His parents searched for a program that might help alleviate Ford’s anguish and free him to be the Ford who was the artist and the athlete, who adored younger kids, especially his brother Richard; and who was known for his excellent manners and willingness to lend a hand. Although Ford ended his life unable to escape the pain that plagued him, his family knows that he has finally found the peace and light he has always deserved, but never received in this lifetime.

Ford’s life will be celebrated at a service at 1 p.m on Monday, November 11 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta. A reception will follow. In hopes of helping others with mental illness, should friends desire, the family welcomes donations in Ford’s memory made to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Services

11 November

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

All Saints' Episcopal Church

634 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

Memories

Ford Wofford

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Alex Eidson

November 11, 2019

Dear Wofford Family,
Wishing you all the best during this tragic time. Ford was an amazing person that could brighten up anyone's day. He was an incredible friend that was funny, clever, competitive, and kind. I've spent the last week thinking about all the times playing basketball in Virginia Highlands or staying up all night in Ansley Park. I will always cherish our time together and use these memories to celebrate his life.
Alex Eidson

Max Deseda

November 11, 2019

When we were younger, richard and a bunch of friends and I hung out at his house. We were bored and wanted to go hang out at the fields together. No one could drive us. We then called Ford and he went out of his way to pick us all up and drive us to the fields. This act of kindness showed us that Ford is a great person. Thank you for everything you’ve done Ford. You’re a great person

Melissa Peacock

November 10, 2019

Russell and Dori,
Thinking of you and sending my love. My sainted mother (now 82 years old) pulled that Saran wrap prank when she was a young nursing school student. I can just imagine the mischief in Ford's eyes as he wrapped the bowl! Please know that I will always so fondly remember his brilliant smile and his willingness to show kindness to others.
My heartfelt sympathies,
Melissa Peacock

Kathleen Eidbo

November 10, 2019

Dear Woffords,
We are heartbroken to hear of this devastating loss of your precious son. The Eidbos are covering all of you in prayers. We love you and our hearts are aching with yours.
With deepest sympathy,
Kathleen, Paul and boys

BLOCHET Rose Marie

November 10, 2019

Dearest Dori
I am so sad to learn about Ford
I have no word to tell you my feelings about this désespérate situation
Although I didn’t meet Ford each year for xstmas since 1996 I was following him with your family pictures
I send to you Russ Teddy and Richard all my condolences and best thoughts and feelings
I think a lot about you I am with you in thoughts from France
I pray for you
Loves to you and you family
Rose Marie

Cindy Britton Lane

November 9, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about Ford. My heart is hurting for you. I'll be thinking of y'all and praying for your comfort and peace. My love to your family.

Barbara Blackwood

November 9, 2019

Dear Dori,
I'm so shocked and sad to read of your terrible loss. Although I never met Ford I can imagine what a wonderful son he was. My thoughts are with you, Russ, Teddy and Richard. Sending you all my love and strength.
Barbara Blackwood

Louise and Bob Cunha

November 9, 2019

We are deeply sorry to learn of Ford's passing. We know how deep a friendship Bob, Kathy, Maggie and Charlie have with the Wofford family. There is no more heartbreak than the loss of a child. Our hearts are broken for you.

Susan Hutchison

November 8, 2019

Dori and family,
With sympathy I send my condolences for the loss of a wonderful, sweet son and student. I will always remember Ford with fondness--his intelligence and his humor.
God comfort you in this time of loss,
Susan Hutchison
Teacher-Woodward Academy

John Price

November 8, 2019

My condolences and love to the entire family during this time. Ford was a kind soul that I got to know pretty well while at Carlbrook. Visiting him in the Atlanta area after he graduated was a highlight. I hope he knew how much people genuinely liked him and his company. While we haven’t been in touch in years, this loss hurts, but I can only hope Ford is at peace and resting easy.

FROM THE FAMILY