Frank Ford, 93, father of Mark Ford, dies
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Frank Edward Ford, 93, of Ronceverte, WVa, and a life-long resident of Teaberry Road, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 21. Mr Ford is the father of horseman Mark Ford.
Born June 30, 1927, at home in Ronceverte, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been predeceased by his Father Guy Ford (1933), mother Francis Kelley Ford (1967), brother Albert Ford (1981), brother James Brown (2001), and brother Kelly Ford (2002). He is also proceeded by his wife of 57 years, Bettie Jean Ford (2006). He is survived by son Mark (Kelly) Ford and granddaughter Reagan of Campbell Hall, NY and Matt (Tina) Ford of Ronceverte; grandson Erik Ford of Lewisburg and granddaughter Haylie Ford of Lewisburg; several nieces and nephews, and his life-long extended family Ronnie and Sharon Baker.
Frank was a 1945 graduate of Greenbrier High School where he played on the championship basketball and football teams. He enlisted in the US Navy serving in WWII. Upon his discharge at the end of the war, he attended Greenbrier Military School and Marshall University majoring in mathematics. After completing his education he went to work for C&P Telephone, a subsidiary of AT&T, where he worked for 30 years installing telecommunication equipment and telephone service throughout southern WV and southwestern VA. A devout catholic, he was a life-long member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and was the longest serving parishioner in church history. An avid outdoorsman, Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a true American, extremely proud of his heritage, his country, and Ronceverte, WV. He will be missed by many, especially those who had the privilege of spending time with him and hearing the many stories he shared later in his life.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ronceverte, with Father Jim Conyers officiating.
Friends and family will be received from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte on Monday, Aug. 24 with rosary being recited at 7:30 pm.
The family suggests while visiting with them and during services use precautions of safe distancing and wearing of masks.