James Henry Ford
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James Henry Ford
  • September 29, 1933 - October 28, 2017
  • Martinsville, Virginia

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James Henry Ford passed away at his home Saturday, October 28. Born September 29, 1933, he was the son of the late Dorothy English and Thomas Martin Ford. Jim was preceded in death by his two brothers, Thomas Martin Ford, Jr. and Judge John English Ford, his sister-in-law Irma Wright Ford, and a niece, Elizabeth May Ford. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sandra Turner Ford, a daughter, Margaret Ford Gregory (Carlyle), Falls Church, Virginia, a son James Martin Ford (Cindy), Augusta, Georgia, and grandchildren Wesley Gary Jerrell (Betsy) Aiken, S.C., Sandra Elizabeth Ford, James Carlyle Gregory, and Charlotte Allison Gregory, a nephew, John English Ford II (Kim), Martinsville and a sister-in-law, Jane Johnson Ford, Richmond, VA.
A native of Martinsville, he attended Martinsville High School, Roanoke College and the University of Virginia Law School and was a practicing attorney in Martinsville for 58 years until his death.
Jim was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, where he served as a Deacon and Elder, and also as Clerk of Session for many years. As an active member of the community, he was a founding member of Piedmont Arts Association, and served as one of its early presidents. He was a member of the Martinsville Jaycees, served as president and was the recipient of a life membership and it's Distinguished Service Award. He served as president of both the YMCA and Kiwanis and, until last year, could be found cooking sausage at the Kiwanis Pancake Sale. He was a member of the Blue Ridge Boy Scout Council for over 40 years and was the recipient of the Scout Silver Beaver Award. For many years he served as Chairman of the Martinsville Planning Commission and as Secretary of the United Fund of Martinsville and Henry County. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Patrick Henry Scholarship Fund. As an active member of the Martinsville and Virginia State Bar, he served two terms on the Virginia State Bar Council.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, with a reception following in the fellowship hall of the church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Patrick Henry Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112.
Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsvile.
To express condolences online, please go to www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com.