September 19, 1948 ~ June 4, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

James Edward Ford, 71, of Owensboro passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born in Owensboro on September 19, 1948 to the late Alfred Edward and Mary Ann Easler Ford. James was retired from the Daviess County Public School System where he worked as a math teacher for 30 years at Daviess County High School. He was a Deacon Emeritus at Macedonia Baptist Church. James was the first boys and girls’ soccer coach at Daviess County High school. He was a good kindhearted man, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, and being out on the lake.

Along with his parents, James is preceded in death by his brother, Milton Ford.

James is survived by his wife, Linda Faye Brown Ford; his children, Jason Edward (Lisa) Ford, Jill Ford Withrow; his grandchildren, Adrien Mitchell Withrow, Keelin Morgan Ford, Connor Mitchel Ford, Shalin Elizabeth Withrow, and Keene Edward Ford; his siblings, Pamela Hoover, and Leanne (David) Yocum; his nieces, Stacy Hoover (Bennie) Duncan and Jeni Hoover (Vernon) Dennison; his great-niece, Ashlynn Raye Evans; and his great-nephew, Andrew Edward Dennison.

Services will be 2:00 pm Monday at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, with pastor Mike Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Macedonia Baptist Church; 4839 Millers Mill Road, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303, or Hospice of Western Kentucky; 3419 Wathen’s Crossing; Owensboro, Kentucky 42301.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Ford. Share your messages of condolence with the family of James Edward Ford and sign his virtual guest book by going to www.haleymcginnis.com.

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  1. Linda and Family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Jamie will forever be remembered by the positive impact that he made on each individual he encountered

  2. So sorry about the loss of Mr. Ford. I am very pleased to have taken part in your care and gotten to know him and his wife. Jill my heart and condolences go out to you and your brother as well as your family.

  3. Linda, Jill and Jason, I am so sorry for your loss. Jamie was such a kind and loving person. You all are in my prayers.

  4. Linda and family, so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.
    Brenda Morris Bowen

  5. I was a friend and classmate of his at Brescia. I have fond memories of our conversations. I am sad to hear of his passing.

  6. Great neighbors! Always lent a hand, Gave rides to the babies on his wheelchair. Funny, kind, sweet so glad I was your neighbor.
    Sherry Nickells

  7. So sorry to hear that Jamie has passed on. I still teach at DCHS and remember him. I will pray for your family.

  8. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Jamie was a great man who had the wisdom of the ages. God gained a good addition to heaven. You will see him again. God bless you all.

  9. Dear Linda and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Jamie. Please know that I love you and am praying for you.
    God bless you and keep you.

    Sue Baggarly

  10. Dear Linda and sweet family,
    We are SO sad to hear about the passing of our long time friend, Jamie. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, as you journey forward in the days ahead. Jamie was deeply loved and appreciated for being such a blessing over the years to our family.

  11. Linda, sorry about your losing Jamie. He was truly the best of us. We will miss him. Give everyone a hug for us. Love David and Leanne

  12. Linda,
    I am so sorry of seeing the loss of your husband. I did not know him personally, but I know because he married you, he was a wonderful man. You, and your whole family are in my prayers at this time.

  13. So sorry to hear about Jamie. Such a blessing to the math department at DCHS! While our paths crossed numerous times since I was a kid, I’m most thankful for the role model he provided me as a new teacher! Praying for your family!

  14. James and I rode to University Heights HS for the very first KHSAA boys soccer meeting for all Western KY high school soccer coaches in the summer of 1983. We became friends that day and later, his son, Jason, played for me as an outstanding goalkeeper at OHS. I will always cherish our friendship and opposing coach sideline camaraderie! James, you will be missed by many but your memory will continue in the hearts and lives of the many soccer players you coached and who are now fathers and leaders in many communities across the USA.

  15. May the love and support of family and friends embrace you during this difficult time. Though I will not be attending the service tomorrow due to Covid concerns, I will be praying for all of you from home! I feel blessed to have known Jamie, even though I didn’t spend a lot of time with him. Being around him if only for a short time, it was obvious that he was a great husband, dad, grandfather, friend and Christian. As a saint, he will no doubt continue to pray for and look after those he loves. Hold close those great memories and cherish those footprints he left behind.
    Love you all!
    Agnes Mayberry

  16. Sorry to hear about Jamie’s passing especially during this time of the pandemic. It makes it really hard for friends and family to get together and express their love for you all.

    Danny and Debbie Phillips

  17. I have known Jamie since he was in 7th grade, first as his teacher at Eastern Jr. High and then in later years as a fellow teacher at DCHS. He was an intelligent, well-behaved student, as well as kind and polite. Even though I have not seen him much since retirement, I will miss him. My prayers are with you.

  18. Linda,
    Jon and I are so sorry about Jamie. We always enjoyed seeing you guys when you’d come to see Jason and Lisa. Hope to see you soon. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. We are very sorry about Mr. Ford’s passing and how difficult it is for the family.
    Again our condolences, and for just a small smile for Jason there is always Grandma’s milk house

  20. Like so many, Mr. Ford was my math teacher in “Junior High”, but just as important, he was our good neighbor on Lakeview Dr for many years. He was a quiet, smart, witty, caring, & just a good man. May God be with the family, especially Linda. You were the kind of wife we all strive to be. RIP Mr. Ford.

  21. I was so sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing.My Dad and he worked together as Sunday School teachers some years ago.Dad thought a lot of Jaimie, and I am sure they have already gotten together in heaven for a chat. Condolences to the family for their loss. Barbara Powell

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