Jay Willis Ford(1933-2013)

Jay Willis Ford, age 79 and resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, at his home.
Jay Willis Ford was born August 2, 1933 in Newkirk, Oklahoma. He was the son of Julian Ford and Marie Willis Ford.
Jay lived in Chelsea, Oklahoma before moving to Bartlesville 40 years ago.
Jay and Jennie Keith were united in marriage on July 1, 1966 and they continued their home in Bartlesville. Jay served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, he returned to Bartlesville
Jay was employed with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a telephone repairman for many years. He was a member of the Memorial Christian Church in Bartlesville. Among his many interests were memberships in the Black Dog Muzzeloading Club and the NRA. He made his own rifles by hand and he enjoyed competition shooting. Another interesting hobby was working with gourds which he made into canteens and gourd-rattles to be used by Indian dancers.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Keith Ford of the home; children, Christy Ford Benavides and her husband, Marshall, Jr., of Grand Prairie, Texas, John Ford and his wife, Robyn, of Sedan, Kansas, and Jean Eden of Dewey, Oklahoma; brother, Jesse Ford of Delaware, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Joshua, Benavides, Daniel Benavides, Justyne Eden and Jae Eden; and cousins, Vern Birdsong and Bud Birdsong;
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Christian Church, 1201 N. Virginia, Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Visitation for Mr. Ford will be Friday, June 28, from 6-8:00 PM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, 710 S. Dewey Ave.
Graveside service will be Saturday, June 29, at 10:00 AM in the Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery, Nowata, Oklahoma. Arrangements for Mr. Ford are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home.

Published in Examiner-Enterprise from June 28 to July 27, 2013