Johnny G. Ford, Sr.
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Johnny G. Ford, Sr.
  • September 11, 1929 - August 14, 2017
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Johnny "Glenn" Ford
Beloved father, Babu (grandfather), and missionary Rev. Johnny "Glenn" Ford was promoted to his heavenly home and reunited with the love of his life, Marilyn, on August 14, 2017. Glenn was born on September 11, 1929, in Lubbock, Texas, to Horace and Elvie Ford. His first job was a paper route, and then later he also picked cotton from the farms close to Lubbock to pay his way to Texas Tech where he attended one year.
After his first year in college, Glenn joined the Army as one of the "7 Year Wonders" where he served in active duty one year (discharged in 1949) and in the reserves for 6 years (discharged in 1955). After his honorable discharge, Glenn gave his life to the Lord due in large part to the prayers of his mother. Shortly after his salvation, Glenn had a vision of him preaching underneath a baobab tree to Africans. Glenn realized that God called him to Africa as a missionary. He then attended Life Bible Institute in Los Angeles where he met and later married the love of his life on February 7, 1953, Marilyn Plotts - a lady with as much humor as he. Upon graduating from Bible school, Glenn and Marilyn pastored two foursquare churches in West Texas - one in Littlefield and the other in Pampa.
After saving their money for two years, in 1958 Glenn and Marilyn along with young son, Johnny, sailed a Lykes Line cargo ship to Mombasa, Kenya, to join Marilyn's parents, Rev. Morris and Neva Plotts, for a six-month trip "to get Africa out of his system." Instead, they fell in love with Africa and decided to stay until their money ran out. They were first independent missionaries, and then in 1962 they joined the Assemblies of God. They ministered as missionaries for 43 years retiring in December 2000 having worked primarily in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. However, they also served as adjunct missionaries for Uganda, and ministered in Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, and Sudan. After retiring as missionaries, they returned to Lake Charles, LA, and became interim pastors for the Louisiana District pastoring churches throughout southwest Louisiana including three years in Elton. After joining the Assemblies of God and throughout both their missionary career and season of interim pastoring, Glad Tiding Church has been their home church.
Glenn will be remembered for his praying, church planting, mentoring African national leaders and missionaries, fishing, playing rook, and being the life of the party.
Glenn is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn; parents, Horace and Elvie Ford, by his sister Maxine (Dale) Foreman, and his brothers Alton (Doris) Ford, Dale (Nancy) Ford, and Wayne (Nita) Ford. He is survived by his two children, son Rev. Johnny (Medina) Ford in Kingwood, TX, and daughter Rev. Rhonda (Larry) Allen in Harare, Zimbabwe; 5 grandchildren Lian (Kristina) Allen in Mesa, AZ, Wesley (Cristina) Ford in Spring, TX, Kendall Ford in Houston, TX, Courtney Allen in Lake Charles, LA, and Davita Ford in Kingwood, TX; and 8 great-grandchildren .
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial funds to help build a tabernacle church in Africa. Funds may be sent to: Assemblies of God World Missions, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. Attn: Zimbabwe Field, Account # 890992, Class 60, Project 15074.
Visitation will be held on Thursday August 24, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Funeral service will be held Friday August 25, 2017 10am at Glad Tidings Church in Lake Charles. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com