Bobby Edward Ford

March 9, 1947July 10, 2018

Bobby Edward Ford, age 71, of Waleska, Georgia, formerly of Marietta, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Mr. Ford was funny, kind and sociable. He was family oriented and managed to always find time for boat rides on the lake, hiking in the mountains, playing the saxophone alongside his grandson, maintaining a friendly rivalry between Georgia Tech and UGA, giving piggyback rides and being the dealer during family game nights. It was evident that he loved his wife, children and grandchildren more than anything.

Mr. Ford enjoyed sports. He had a fantasy football league and played tennis. He was a "Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech" with about half of the family while the other half's bark was bigger than their bite rooting for UGA. He was a great multi-tasker and managed to watch up to 5 games at once and actually know what was going on.

Mr. Ford enjoyed traveling. He found joy in the mountains, on the beachside or on the lake. He enjoyed the water so much, he had a beach house and boat for his family gatherings and a great place to drink a good beer or good glass of wine.

Mr. Ford loved serving his community and country. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran who completed his duty as an AZ1(AW). His military career began in 1966 when he was drafted. He proudly served 4 years active duty and fought during the Vietnam War. He then served an additional 22 years in the reserves before retiring in 2003 with an honorable discharge. Mr. Ford also worked as an officer in the California Highway Patrol, and as an accountant with combined federal service of 34 years at the Veteran’s Administration and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon his retirement from CDC in 2008, he quickly realized that he did not enjoy idle hands and was excited to accept a security guard position when approached by Walden Security. He was a man whose strong work ethic and dependability were admired and respected by his co-workers, friends, and family.

Mr. Ford's memory will be cherished by his wife of 34 years, Carol Ford; children, Alicia (Traie) Walton, Melissa (Sean) Hessenthaler, Keri (Brian) Blalock and Ryan (Loren) Ford; grandchildren, Rhianna Walton, Parker Blalock, Cayden Blalock, Noah Hessenthaler, Ava Reese Blalock, and Sadie Hessenthaler; sister, Clevie Rosanna Shope; and countless friends.

As per Bobby's wishes, an intimate, private family committal will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Georgia National Cemetery. For those attending this private service, please arrive at the cemetery's office between 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm in order to line up in the processional lane. A Public Celebration of Life will be held at a future date for family and friends to come together for fellowship. This date and location will be announced upon final arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation, in Mr. Ford's honor, to either the American Diabetes Association or the Department of Veteran Affairs.



  • Private Family Committal Friday, July 20, 2018


  • Celebration of Life will be announced upon final arrangements.

Bobby Edward Ford

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Kim Bowers

July 18, 2018

I will forever cherish the memories we all made together: Arbor Bridge parties - me, Bob and Ron having a little Wild Turkey New Years, being amazed by Bob's history and laughing at Indian Guide and Navy stories, our trip to Nashville, partying at the villa in Italy, finishing lines from songs "well I never been to Spain" bike rides in Hilton Head, lots of wine, great meals and sitting on the beach talking about any and everything.

Oh, how I will miss my friend. Bob's calming presence, quick smile and common sense advise always lifted my spirits. It was a privilege to share in his kindness, goodness and love.
May God hold you in his arms, goodnight Handsome.

Marc Gagnon

July 18, 2018

Bobby, we had some fun times out hiking the rocks, kicking back some beers, but mostly sweating out 10th round draft picks in our "reality" football league. My not so silent partner in Shark Atttack, and always the southern gentleman, I'll miss you for sure, but will look for you in the Great Unknown.

Bob Bowers

July 18, 2018

You were such a great friend and neighbor. When the sad thoughts of your passing hit me, I can hear you telling me to stop it with that loud, "Nay, Nay."
You had quite a life. My Melissa thought you were the most interesting person in the world. You had a knack for telling stories of your life from your childhood in Atlanta, to the Navy, as a CHIP (It's still hard for me to picture you riding a motorcycle down the PCH), cornering Carol in an elevator for your introduction, and coming into our life in Arbor Bridge. We had some fun times as neighbors then and now as neighbors in Hilton Head.
Sitting on the beach at night gazing at the stars will forever be special as a memory of you.
Farewell my friend. It was a privilege knowing you.

Don and Debbie Harris

July 14, 2018

Hard to believe this is always said, "When it's your time, it's your time!" 😕

Don and I will always remember the fun and special times we shared with you during our friendship....the vinegar in the beer, the GA Tech Citrus Bowl, playing Mille Bornes and 'Coupe Forre (sp?)....our trip to Scotland and Ireland...camping in the rain....the hot tub in the snow, to name just a few....But most importantly, your funny and fun-loving personality through it all!

God has you in the palm of his hand, and for that, we are grateful. Much love to you. Prayers of great comfort for all of your family.

Mindy Herrick

July 14, 2018

Bob, one of the sweetest, kindest, gentleman that I have ever known. RIP my friend.


Peter Wunderli

July 13, 2018

Well Bob, you certainly went out the way you wanted to, and I’m sure you somehow knew that it was your time. I can complain that I was only a month from seeing you and I could wish you had waited, but as you said on numerous occasions, ‘when it’s your time, it’s your time. No sense worrying about it.’ I’ve been trying to keep that in mind, but boy, it’s not easy. I would've liked more time.
I was lucky to count you as a friend. You were one of the best friends I’ll ever have, for all the reasons everyone else and I will remember, and even though I had a degree from UGA and you liked country music. I will always remember the day we first met nearly 28 years ago, just as I will remember the last conversation we had, and I’ll never forget your sure smile or your sweet southern drawl.
You were my brother from another mother. I will cherish the memories of all of our visits over the 28 year I had the pleasure of sharing more than a few beers and so many good times with you, Carol and our families. Still more cherished are all the times where we shared each other’s and our families’ pain and sorrow. That is what friends do, and you did that better than anyone.
I love you, man! Keep the beer on ice until I see you again!

Lynn Wunderli

July 12, 2018

As I sit in your beautiful, beloved lake house with your beautiful, beloved wife (my Seester), I feel your presence everywhere. I know you are here.
Your kind, patient, loving spirit resides here. I cannot tell you how much you have meant to my family and myself - you have been an amazing brother to me, a caring and thoughtful uncle to my children, and a true and loyal friend to my husband.
Like every time you and Carol would leave us, I miss you already. But instead of being able to see your contagious smile and receive one of your awesome hugs again, your passing has left a void. A little piece of me will never recover this loss, but that makes sense because of who you are. Godspeed my brother, May the Lord hold your hand. I love you.

Kathy Goddard

July 12, 2018

We miss you dear friend. Your warm smile, so easy and so genuine, made us feel welcome and part of your family every time we were together. You had such a kind heart and we always had a good time when we were with the Fords. So many fun memories with the hot air balloon trips, touring Maine and the beach vacations. But, oh the fun sitting in those waves as they knocked you and John and Brian out of your beach chairs on the Hilton Head beach. Thank you for your friendship, the smiles and the memories. We are so lucky to have you and Carol in our lives.

Olivia Wunderli

July 12, 2018

I've known Bobby my whole life, that being said I grew up knowing the kind of person he was. He was kind, and gentle, and more than anything loving. He always had something nice to say or do. Having gone on my spring break to be with Uncle Bobby and Auntie Carol and my mom Lynn, was on of my fondest memories because of how happy we all were. No matter what we did we were happy. Bobby's never ending kindness and love will stay with me for as long as I live. For that I'm grateful. I love you Uncle Bobby. Rest easy.

Laura Flinn

July 12, 2018

I remember Bob's quiet demeanor. His love and pride of Carol, his son, his daughters and the grandkids. He loved his life especially after retirement. His love of the beach! Loved it. Love of this country and the military. Georgia Tech!
Bob was a good man, as good as they come. His presence and light will be missed by all that knew him. God speed Bob.