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Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

OBITUARY

Robert Wayne Ford Sr.

August 22, 1939July 23, 2020
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Robert W. Ford, Sr., age 80, died July 23, 2020 at Baptist Hospital-East, Memphis, TN. He was resident of Germantown, TN, formerly of Nesbit, MS, and Memphis, TN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Albright Ford and Ethel Beatrice (Bostick) Ford.

Robert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Boyce A. (Vanlandingham) Ford, children, Robert W. Ford, Jr. (Lauren) of Germantown, TN., Dana Lynne Penny (Jeff) of Arlington, TN. Grandchildren, Amanda Lynne Penny, Connor Wayne Ford, brother, Willard A. Ford, Jr. (Ruth) of Ocala, FL.

Robert was a 1957 graduate of Memphis Technical High School, he attended Shelby State Community College.

Robert served on the City of Memphis Fire Department for 30 years (retired as 30-year captain) and also served 25 years in the Tennessee Air National Guard. He was a member and former officer of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1784. He was a member of Central Church, Collierville, TN

He had a tremendous love of life, kind heart and resilient spirit. He loved movies, a good game of Pinochle, and attending his grandson’s baseball games. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, and will be greatly missed.

The service will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m. CST, Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with the visitation one-hour prior from 1-2 p.m. CST.

The burial will be held August 6, at 11 a.m. CST, at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions: Memphis Fire Fighters Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Heart Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Willard Albright Ford, Father (deceased)
  • Ethel Beatrice (Bostick) Ford, Mother (deceased)
  • Boyce A. (Vanlandingham) Ford, Wife of 59 years
  • Robert W. Ford, Jr. (Lauren), Son
  • Dana Lynne Penny (Jeff), Daughter
  • Amanda Lynne Penny, Grandchild
  • Connor Wayne Ford, Grandchild
  • Willard A. Ford, Jr. (Ruth), Brother

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

Memories

Robert Wayne Ford Sr.

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Denise Durham

July 27, 2020

I remember growing up and taking lots of trips with mom, dad and Wes to Memphis, especially during the summer, to visit Uncle Robert, Aunt Boyce, Robert JR and Dana. Every trip is memorable! They are some of my fondest memories! Uncle Robert’s mischievious smile and laugh were contagious! He was warm and caring, and the best Uncle ever! I love and miss you Uncle Robert! See you in Heaven🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Shirley Shelby

July 26, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Dana and Robert, Jr during this time. We had a lot of wonderful times together. He was a wonderful man and was always fun to be around. Heaven is rejoicing at his homecoming. So sorry for your loss. He’s back with William and Doug again. Praying for all of you daily. Love u all

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