Tom Roger Ford

July 27, 1939July 30, 2019

Tom Roger Ford was born in Atlanta, Texas, to the late Tom Butler and Mable Jeanette Ford on July 27, 1939. He passed away on July 30, 2019, due to complications from chemotherapy. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Donna Knight Ford, two sons Tom Ed Ford of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Roger Ford of Little Rock, one brother, Terry D. Ford of Houston, Texas, one nephew, three grandsons and two great-grandsons. In addition there is a special cousin Betty Ford of Nacogdoches, Texas and other family and friends too numerous to mention. In childhood Tom picked up the name Ronnie and it is what all of us who loved him called him.

Ronnie left us on July 30, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He passed away peacefully after being taken off the machines that were keeping him alive. He was 80 years old. The men of the family gathered around him and nurses gave drugs to make his transition virtually painless. His passing has left us all with a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled. Like his father education was close to his heart. He held a Master of Science degree and even a Juris Doctor though he never took the bar exam. He taught in Pulaski County School and was a sales representative for Charles E. Merrill. He knew school people all over the state and was welcomed wherever he went.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sherwood Animal Shelter, 6500 North Hills Blvd, Sherwood, AR 72116.

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Frank Benton

August 5, 2019

I attended high school in Bearden with Ronnie and although he was in the class behind me, I knew him and his family well. In fact, I transferred from OBU to HSTC at the beginning of my Sophomore year which was also Ronnie’s Freshman year at Henderson and we roomed together in Pines dormitory for that first semester. Ronnie was an important part of our fraternity and many of the frat brothers have their own versions and interesting tales of his activities while attending college.
It is with great sadness that I learned of Ronnie’s passing and I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy to his entire family. Unfortunately, Freda and I will be unable to attend his services as we will be in New Mexico during that time.
Frank Benton, Reddie class of 1960

Don Ruggles

August 3, 2019

We frat brothers loved Ronnie. He was truly one of a kind. A very brilliant brother who lived life to the fullest. We shared many moments together. He gave me comfort when my son was killed. I shall miss him for the remainder of my short life. I shall never forget flying him into Oklahoma to be married to Claudette. What great memories.

Don Ruggles, Reddie of 1958

Jerry & Christina Burchfield

August 2, 2019

Donna: We are so sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are disappointed that we'll be out of town during the time for the services.

Bob Ford

August 2, 2019

I was saddened when I learned of Ronnie's death. The pain and suffering of his illness are gone but he will be missed greatly by friends and family. I have many great memories of our times together both in East Texas (where I grew up) and when I visited him and the family in Arkansas. When we were together as youngsters we were 'best buddies'! Our cousin Betty Ford will represent all of us 'kin' at the memorial service. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.