Franklin Ford

July 1, 1935September 14, 2012

Franklin Ford Born July 1 1935 - Sunset September 14, 2012

Born to George Ford and Ruby Morgan Ford in Akron Ohio, on July 1, 1935 Franklin Ford grew up within the arms of a large loving family that he created each place he called home. After a long struggle with cancer, Frank passed on September 14, 2012 in Kennesaw Georgia.

Grieved by a loving wife Alongzetta, sisters Mary Paige (Eddie), and Ruby Lamb, brother Harry Ford, a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, Frank will be remembered for his joy, being the life of the party, the game organizer, the favorite uncle who actually played with the children and his generous spirit.

Frank enjoyed two careers, one with the United States Air Force, enlisting in 1957 to serve both international and domestic terms, retiring from the Air Force 20 years later (1977) in Tucson Arizona. There Frank began his civilian career with the United States Postal Office; later moving to CA in search of a better life, Frank found the light of his life Alongzetta. Frank & Alonzetta were united in marriage June 1980 in California.

The Morgan-Ford family often called upon Frank to insert the fun & games, and that he did with enthusiasm and intensity. In June 2012, the children of his brothers & sisters and extended family came together for Game Day in the Park, organizing but not able to attend, Frank put in great effort to bring together family members having moved far and wide whose children did not have opportunity to bond.

His community and friends also enjoyed Frank’s joie de vive on their 25th wedding anniversary family and friends in Kennesaw Georgia spontaneously created a wedding party complete with matching bride maids, reciprocity of the warmth and love shared by Frank with all those who came into his life.

Joie de vive could have been the motto of Frank’s life, whether engaging the babies with a game of peek-a-boo, playing UNO with the children or Bid Whist with the adults he brought joy, energy and enthusiasm to the game.

Lending a helping hand to neighbors, being the neighbor/friend with the truck almost always available and the first one to begin organizing to address community challenges were integral parts of his personality.

A deeply religious man, Frank joined the Catholic Church in 1980 immersing totally into the faith by practice, prayer and policy. But yet if family and or friends were not Catholic, Frank treated you no different, such is the authenticity of his faith and commitment to the people whose lives he touched. Frank was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, an honor guard with Knights of the Rosary and active church member at St Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church.

Generosity with his home, where many a niece and nephew came to enjoy holiday dinners and stayed until they got their act together, donating and supporting family causes with both money and encouragement, spending time with cousins and children listening to their problems and waiting for the solutions illustrates Frank’s character.

Frank’s awards and commendations include:

Phone calls from Ohio, New Jersey, Arizona, Texas, Michigan and California poured in at the news of Frank’s passing, all places where the large extended family and friends will mourn his passing and celebrate his life. Frank is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Beatrice Autry and brothers, Robert, John and Jerry Ford. Donations in memorial should be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 20, 2012
  • Graveside Service Friday, September 21, 2012

Franklin Ford

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October 13, 2013

The family has my deepest sympathy on the loss of Frank and Alonzetta "Sweetpea"
After being reunited at Dillard University CLASS OF 1959 Reunions I was pleased to visit them in their home a few times. "Sweetpea" and I were campus students at DU so we spent the whole 4 years getting to know each other. Sharing emails and phone calls kept us in touch so I was concerned when communication stopped suddenly. Calling I found out the numbers I had were no good so I sent a note by USPS and got no return. Going on GOOGLE to start contacting classmates for our 55th reunion I sadly read about their deaths. Having pictures to share I hope a family member will read this late entry and contact me.

Carla Lamb

September 14, 2013

Uncle Frank - its been a year, and it still is hard to believe that you and Auntee are gone, we really missed you guys at the reunion this year! Keep watch over us. I Love you!

Pat&Cliff Vierra

February 10, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Franks passing. All of us here in Tehachapi,Ca. have great respect and fond memories of him. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

November 28, 2012

Frank, Mom and I sure miss you and Alonzetta. We think of you both everyday. We hope to see you one day.
Much love.
Robbin and Helena

Marietta Irvine-Neal

November 27, 2012

I am so glad that I got to spend time with you when you came home for Uncle Artie's funeral. Your smile and humor will forever stay in my heart. Luv you and miss you

Gary Ford

October 21, 2012

I am sorry that I was not able to be with you at your homegoing, but I do know where you are now-in the arms of the Lord with the rest of the family. Rejoice for the days of your troubles are no more. Say hello to mom and dad for me.

Ed Tucker

October 20, 2012

Thanks Frank for all of your help with BEST scholarships.
Paula & Ed Tucker

Gwen Tysen-Roberts

October 7, 2012

Rest in Peace Cousin Frank. I have so many wonderful memories of you. I am thankful I was able to visit with you and Alonzetta in August. Even though you were not feeling well you were still your joyful fun self. Thank You for the many laughs and for always being a part of my life. You will never be forgotten!!! Alonzetta, my heart goes out to you and Famiy. I will always be there for you. Much Love and Prayer's, Your California Cousin Gwen Tysen-Roberts

Carla Lamb

September 28, 2012

Uncle Frank, I am certainaly going to miss you, I take comfort in knowing that you are no longer in any pain. Auntie you know I love you and I am so sorry that I was unable to be there. Uncle Frank, now, instead of looking up at the sky waving at the airplanes waving and saying "Hi Uncle Frank", I will be looking up at the heavens and waving at the angels, and saying "Hi Uncle Frank".

Robbin and Helena

September 20, 2012

Dear Frank, We will miss you so. You are the finest man we've ever met, that wonderful smile and calming presence. You will forever be in our hearts dear friend!