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In Memory of

James Thomas Ford

May 5, 1920 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Dr. James Thomas (J.T.) Ford, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of the Wieuca Road Baptist Church, died at his home in Lenbrook on November 23, 2016, where he had lived since 2004. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Helen Crockett Ford of 73 years and two of his sons, Warren Crockett Ford and Morris Hughes Ford. A native Kentuckian and Honorary Kentucky Colonel, Dr. Ford was high school valedictorian and recipient of a scholarship to Draughon Business College. He worked in business until responding to his call to Christian Ministry upon which he enrolled in...

Dr. James Thomas (J.T.) Ford, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of the Wieuca Road Baptist Church, died at his home in Lenbrook on November 23, 2016, where he had lived since 2004. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Helen Crockett Ford of 73 years and two of his sons, Warren Crockett Ford and Morris Hughes Ford. A native Kentuckian and Honorary Kentucky Colonel, Dr. Ford was high school valedictorian and recipient of a scholarship to Draughon Business College. He worked in business until responding to his call to Christian Ministry upon which he enrolled in Union University as a pre-ministry student. He then earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At age 33, Samford University conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Best known as the founding pastor of Wieuca Road Baptist Church, he also served as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, AL, the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, AL and the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA. After retiring from his pastoral career, he earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University. He subsequently served effectively in college administration while also serving as interim pastor at numerous Baptist churches and assisting to establish thirteen new churches. Always interested in community affairs, Dr. Ford was one of the 80 Atlanta ministers who developed the Ministers' Manifesto in support of the "Save Our Schools" campaign in the 1950's. A devoted Rotarian, he served as Club President, Chaplain and District Chaplain in various clubs in Georgia. In 2003, The Rotary Club of Buckhead named him Rotarian of the Year. J.T. is survived by his son Tom Ford and his wife Pamela, daughter-in-law, Kathleen Ford and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Ford and his sister, Freida Moss. J.T. also leaves three grandsons; Harrison Ford, Todd Ford and John Ford, two granddaughters; Mary Ford and Paige Ford and one great-granddaughter; Sophia Ford. He is also survived by his 'adopted daughter' Sandra Young Smith. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 at 11:00 AM at Wieuca Road Baptist Church with visitation preceding at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Dr. Ford's memory may make contributions to Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30326.