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John David Ford Sr.

March 29, 1932October 30, 2020

John David Ford, Sr. passed peacefully at home beside his love Laverne on Friday, October 30, 2020 in Longview, Texas at the age of 88.

John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Laverne Fountain Ford; Children Pamela Sue Dubose and Pete Dubose, John David Ford, Jr. and Glenda Ford, Troy Edward Ford and Penny Ford, Patti Lynne Rogers and Danny Rogers, Reagan Glenn Ford, Scarlett Ann McGee, and James Dean Ford. 16 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren, Sister Annie Sue Allen (Howard Allen).

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Carrie Ford, Sister Doris Tallant, Brothers Jack Ford, Huey Ford, Douglas Ford and Charles Ford and grandson Jesse Stuart Dubose.

John was born on March 29, 1932 in Beckville, Texas to Edward and Carrie Ford. John grew up in Marshall, Texas. He served his country in the Korean War and was medically discharged after being injured while stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany. While stationed in Germany, John gave his first performance singing country music and everyone fell in love with his voice. He performed with many great artists and loved music his entire life, providing such enjoyment to many with his guitar playing and singing. After returning from Germany he met the love of his life, Laverne Fountain and they were married on September 24, 1955. John carried on his father’s art of bricklaying and was a successful businessman for over 50 years passing on his skills to his son that continued the business for many years to come. John and Laverne both wanted a large family to share their love and were so blessed with seven children. John worked hard to provide and support all of his children in any endeavor they pursued. He not only has a love for country music but had a love for flying and obtained his pilot’s license and purchased two airplanes and he and Laverne went on many adventures along with friends and family. John had such love for his savior Jesus Christ and was such an inspiration sharing the gospel with his family and friends. The love John had for his children and grandchildren was immeasurable. His smile would light up the room when his grandchildren would walk through the door.

A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Lakeview Memorial Gardens at 2:00PM. Ron Hardman, John’s minister and best friend will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or your favorite charity. The family would like to thank everyone at Colonial Village for their love and support and Elite Home Healthcare for their dedication to John’s care.

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Stacy Waits

November 5, 2020

To the Ford Family,
We are very sorry about the passing of your loved one, John David Ford. We pray that you will find comfort and joy in the days ahead as you share with each other your happy memories of life with him. May God's love and presence surround you all and bring you peace.
Job 14:5 brought us comfort after the passing of our beloved father and husband, Bobby Waits. May it bring you the same comfort we continue to experience each time we think of this Bible passage.
Sincerely,
Stacy Waits
Murlene Waits

David Crow

November 3, 2020

A tremendous man by any measure. Never a bad word and always a helping hand. Loved by so many to include myself. Rest in eternal peace John. Hope to see you in the sweet by and by.

Peggy Sue Hyman

November 3, 2020

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you all be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

With love,
The Adam Hyman, Sr. Family

Cathy Nunley

November 2, 2020

Just got word today about his passing, my heart broke. We live around the corner on Sandra in Island View and we hit it off when we both found out we would have the connection of Jackson Volunteer Fire Dept.. He would drive by every other day or so and stop, sitting in his truck and visit ad talk about the Fire Dept. I would always drive by and make sure everything was ok and just say Hi... He was always smiling and a very kind soft spoken gentleman.... Prayers to all his family, he is walking the streets of gold.... God Bless

Cindy & Arthur Crouch

November 1, 2020

John was a Wonderful Friend & Neighbor to Us for over 15 yrs. at Island View @ Lake O' the pines. Very Loving to Everyone he met and Always spoke Highly of his Children & Grand Children & his beautiful Wife, Laverne. Sending Love, Hugs & Prayers to the family.. He is now singing in Heavens Choir!! He was such a God loving man. Sincere Comfort to his family,
Arthur & Cindy Crouch

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