E. Thomas "Tom" Ford, Sr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 13, 2012. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ford. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Dawne and three sons, Randy Ford of Nashville, TN, Tommy Ford, his wife Cathi and daughter Jessica of Lynn Haven, FL and Tyler Ford, his wife Kristy and sons, Zachary and Jacob of Marianna, FL.
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Mr. Ford grew up in Apalachicola, FL. He attended Chipola College and Tulane University, where he played football and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1955. He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1955, and proudly served his country as an Air Force pilot both at home and abroad, retiring at the rank of Captain.
Following his military service, he moved to Port St. Joe, FL and began his 36 year career with the St. Joe Paper Company, retiring in 1996 as the vice-president of sales and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Ford served faithfully as a Deacon and Treasurer of Long Avenue Baptist Church, among many other leadership roles, for over 40 years. He and his wife Dawne enjoyed their cabin in Waynesville, NC and were active in volunteer service at The Cove, the training center of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Asheville, NC. He was a wonderful Christian man and a true gentleman. "Dah" as he was affectionately known by his grandchildren, will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. (Eastern) on Friday, March 16, 2012 at Long Avenue Baptist Church in Port St. Joe. Interment immediately following in Holly Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends today, March 15, 2012 from 6-8 P.M. (Eastern) at the church.
The family would respectfully ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Faith Christian School, 801 20th St. Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Mar. 15, 2012