Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday for Ruben "R.L." Ford, 74, of Gadsden, who died Dec. 4, 2012. The Rev. Gary Ray Ford will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Egypt community. Village Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Ford was a hard worker and owner of Ford Sheet Metal for over 45 years. He was a loving father and grandfather. Anyone who knew him said he was a good man. He will be greatly missed, especially from his son and daughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Annette Epperson Ford; parents, Lawrence and Inez Ford; son, Donald Ford; and three brothers.
He is survived by his children, Susan (LaDon) Wells and Jeff (Kelly) Ford; grandchildren, Robert Kelley, Laura (Mark) Gamblin, Nathan and Tyler Ford; great-grandchildren, Haley and Lacey Rowan, Rocky Kelley; five brothers and one sister; and his best friend, companion and pet, "Rusty."
Pallbearers will be Nathan, Tyler, Jack, Charles and David Ford and Robert Norwood.
Honorary pallbearer will be Rocky Kelley.
The family received friends Wednesday at the funeral home.