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Northside Church of Christ
917 N. East Street
Benton, AR  72015
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Northside Church of Christ
917 N. East St.
Benton, AR  72015
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
11:00 a.m.
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of Bryant, AR

June 10, 1932 - August 12, 2017

J L Ford, 85 of Bryant, passed away August 12, 2017 at his home. He was born to the late Jesse Lee and Reva Grace (Rainwater) Ford in Plumerville, AR on June 10, 1932.

Mr. Ford had a B. S. Degree and Master's Degree in Education, from UCA in Conway, an Education Specialty Degree from Vanderbilt in Nashville and was a retired coach, teacher and principal of Plum Bayou High School, Sherrill High School and Marion High School. He was Superintendent of Perryville and Bauxite and retired in 1994. He was an U. S. Army Veteran from the Korean War and also served on The Counselling Clinic for thirty-five years and The Equalization Board for twenty years. He was an active member of Northside Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Glenna Morrow; and granddaughter, Jennifer Carter.

Survivors include his wife, Mary LaJuan; children, Brad Ford (Lynn) of Perryville, Rick Ford (Jeanna) of Albuquerque, NM, Cindy Carter (Stan) of Oklahoma City, OK; six grandchildren, Justin Carter (Staci), Jackson Ford, Isaiah Haijo, Gabe Haijo, Madison Ford and Jude Ford; two great-grandchildren, Luke and Lyla Carter; one brother, Ronny Ford (Angelique) of White Hall, AR, and other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Northside Church of Christ in Benton with Jim Gardner officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior at 10 A.M. at the Church.











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15 Condolence(s)
Wilton & Carol Tabor
Benton,
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sorry to read of Mr. Ford's death. I hope your faith & memories help you in the days ahead.

Judy Pirani
Marion, AR
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dear Ford family,
I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Ford. He was a wonderful, kind and empathetic principal. It is a shame that all administrators are not cut from his mold. He touched so many student's lives during his tenure and we were all blessed for it. I have so many fond memories of him as I know you do. Let those memories console you during this time of grief.

Colson Billingsley
Bryant, AR
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mr. Ford was a great man and neighbor! He always was a man who loved and cared didn't matter the situation. He will always be remembered as a great friend and neighbor. Mr. Ford, we will miss you until we meet in heaven my friend.

Jerry H. McMInn
Wynne, AR
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jerry McMinn/Wynne/Marion

So sorry to hear about Mr. Ford, he was a great teacher and a great friend to us at Marion High School in the 60's

Charlotte dickens
Oklahoma city,
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Thoughts and prayers for the entire family

Linda Davis Retzloff
Maumelle, AR
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Monday, August 14, 2017

I remember entering 7th grade at Plum Bayou and meeting this very tall man with a great smile. He actually drove our school bus a few times and I will never forget his kindness and that warm smile. Good bye for now. Mr. Ford.

Jimmy Davis
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Farewell for now Coach. See you in Paradise.

Gary and Kathy Rankin
Perryville, AR
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Brad and Lynn, prayers for comfort and a celebration of Mr. Ford's life. I am sure he touched many teachers and students lives through the years and made a difference. Memories are precious.

Renee Oliger Hicks
Lonoke,
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Monday, August 14, 2017

So sorry fo the loss of this well thought of man.

Bill and Sandra Lamb
Houston, AR
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mr. Ford was "the best boss" I had. It was a joy working with him in Perryville School District. We usually had coffee each morning after all the teachers went to class. Mr. Ford, my Mom and I shared lots of laughs and good times over that cup of coffee. I appreciate the opportunity of knowing all the Ford Family and heaven gained a good man when J L Ford enter it. Prayers for peace, strength and grace for today and the days to follow. Love to all.

Jane Griffin (McGinnis)
Memphis, TN
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

J.L. Ford was my principal when I worked at Marion High School. He was excellent with the students and staff. The parents spoke of him wth admiration for his honesty and fairness. His wife was a favorite friend of mine. May our precious Jesus be near to the family....may they be showered with God's peace and held by h
HIS grace. The Ford family will always hold a special place in my heart.

Mark Crowder
Cabot/Fayetteville,
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

First knowing Mr. Ford as my Marion jr./sr. principal in 7th grade, little did I know I had met one of my lifetime mentors. As I followed a similar path as he in education, I would consider myself highly successful and blessed to have only a tiny percentage of the love & respect that J. L Ford has earned from all his former students, parents, teachers/staff & community members. And understand these words come from one Marion Spartan who learned some valuable life lessons "in the principal's office".
Rest In Peace, Mr. Ford. God is getting one of this world's very best.

Judy Buchanan Baker
Marion,
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mr. Ford was the principal when my family moved to Marion from California. I have only good memories of my high school years. My condolences to Mr. Ford's family.

Sheilah Nugent
Bryant,
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

I had the pleasure of living across the street from the Ford's in Bryant for years. And I could not have asked for better neighbors. He always had a big smile and wave when he was out mowing his yard and it would make your day. And if the neighbors got together outside on the sidewalk he would stop by and chat and see how everyone was doing. Mr Ford, you will be missed immensely. God has called one of the finest Angels of his flock. God Bless the Ford family.

Jim Clay
Conway, AR
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mr. Ford was a "goal" of mine...one I never did achieve. I am however, a better person from knowing him and his family. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Ford and the rest of the familyMr. Ford will be missed by many!!!