1926 – 2013
CANTON — William Frank Ford, 86, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his residence.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Jesse and Ethel Clark Ford. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Troy Ford; a sister, Mary Neil Ford; and an infant brother, Luther Ford.
He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Frank delivered meals on wheels, worked the Santa Pal program at Champion, served on the board of directors with the North Canton Fire Department, and belonged to Champion Snug Harbor. He retired from Champion International in 1988 with 44 years of service and was a United States Army veteran during World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Owen Ford; two daughters, Luanna Easton and her husband, Mike, of Clyde; Robin Bennett and her husband, Frank, of Hendersonville; a son, Bruce Ford and his wife, Angie, of Clyde; three sisters, Hilda Brown of Canton, Betty Walker of Penrose, and Lola Yarborough of Canton; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step- grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Bruce Cayton, Ned Webb, Ron Allen, and Mr. Jason Trantham officiating. Burial will follow at Old Thickety Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to MedWest-Harris Hospice, 68 Hospital Road, Sylva, NC 28779 or to Parkinson’s Support Group of Asheville, P. O. Box 9263, Asheville, NC 28815.
For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com