OBITUARY

Mr. Henry Edsel Ford

June 14, 1929December 2, 2013
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Henry Edsel Ford of Roswell, GA died December 2, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife Rebecca Martin Ford, two brothers William and Charles Ford, and son Daniel Ford. Henry is survived by daughters Sheryl Harrison, Victoria Daniel, and Carmen Ford (Kelly Barkley), sons Robert Ford and Bob Miller (Judy). He is also survived by nieces Lynn Bellew and Patti Ford, nephew Bill Ford (Yoshiko) of Mobile, AL, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Henry was born in St. George, SC and grew up in Mobile, AL, graduating from Murphy High School in 1949. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to Auburn University, but instead fed his love for the sea by joining the Navy to “…see the world.” After serving in the Korean War on the USS Leyte in Underwater Demolition, Henry was honorably discharged with a résumé that included Electrician’s Mate, Physical Training Instructor & Lifeguard, as well as Singer & Musician. He was also a Golden Gloves boxer. Through the years his work experience included jobs with the Merchant Marines, Alabama State Shipyard, Mobile Press Register, Cudahy Packing Co., and multiple jobs in retail sales and restaurant service which included Herren’s Restaurant in Atlanta. Henry was also a singer on radio and television, performing all over the Atlanta area and beyond. In 1959, Henry joined the ranks of General Motors Chevrolet Division at its Lakewood plant in Atlanta, and finally retired as a night shift Superintendent many years later.

Henry was a lover of life and song in everything he did and shared his jovial personality with everyone he met. He didn’t do anything halfway, and lived his life to the fullest, whistling, humming or singing all the while. To all those who provided care to Henry through these recent years, the family thanks you.

Henry’s remains will be cremated, and the family will receive visitors at the Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Rd., Roswell, 30076 from 3-7 on Wednesday, December 4th, with military honors taking place at 4pm. Since Henry loved a good party, a celebration of life gathering will take place on Sunday, December 8th at The 5 Seasons North Restaurant & Brewery, 3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 30005 from 2-5. The Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Trio will be on hand to play all of Henry’s favorites. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Reef Ball Foundation, www.reefball.org or the charity of your choice.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation with Military Honors Wednesday, December 4, 2013
  • Military Honors Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Reef Ball Foundation in Henry's Honor. www.reefball.org
REMEMBERING

Mr. Henry Edsel Ford

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cathy griffin

December 28, 2013

I learned a lot with the time I shared with Henry,I served him meals and we watched football a lot,and he loved some coffee,whistled all the time ,Catherine Griffin.

Mary Peters

December 7, 2013

Goodbye, Cousin
We shared some good memories growing up together, lots of chasing me around and around outside. We never knew why we did that. I miss you calling me and if I didn't answer you left a message on the recorder, whistling all the while. You were always laughing and making others laugh with you.

Miss you Cuz, thanks for the memories.

Ramona Smith

December 6, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Ford family and especially Carmen Ford, although I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Henry for a short period of time we had fun moments where he would have me laughing and smiling with him and I will always remember him for that. RIP Mr. Henry

December 5, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the Family. He was a great Classmate.
Sincerely, The MHS Class of '49

JOE PAUL JONES , SR.

December 4, 2013

I LIVED NEXT DOOR TO THE ENTIRE FORD FAMILY IN 1940 IN MOBILE AND BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS TO HENRY ,CHARLES AND BILL( DOUG )..SORRY I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND HENRY'S SERVICE ..MY CONDOLANCES TO HIS FAMILY ...HE WAS A FUN GUY ! !

December 4, 2013

We love you, Mingee, and we know how much you love your Dad. We mourn his loss with you and we celebrate his release from the restrictions he was dealing with in this life. God bless Henry and God bless you! We celebrate his life on Sunday! Mama Jan for Jan Smith Studios

Erika Ford

December 3, 2013

Uncle Henry, you were a handful! May your next adventure bring you as much fun and happiness as this one did! Carmen, I love you! I will be with you in thought & prayer as always! Much love and fond memories...every time dad whistle's now, I will think of Henry... :)

Kaye (Gatenby) Holt

December 3, 2013

Our family is so sorry for your loss. My dad, Mark Gatenby worked with Henry back in the day and thought very highly of him. Dad passed away two years ago, but I'll wager they're telling each other stories of the good ole days at GM. He'll be missed, but live on in your hearts.

Anita

December 3, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY