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Grace Baptist Church
Friday March 13th, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Taylorville Christian Church
Friday March 13th, 2020

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William (Bill) Green Ford

William (Bill) Green Ford, age 88, of Taylorville, Illinois, died at 3:08 a.m. on March 9, 2020 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital. He was born January 15, 1932, near Bumpus Mills, Tennessee, the son of John and Helen Ford. He married Linda Dawn Cremer on November 20, 1971 in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1967 and from Sangamon State University with an M.A. degree in 1976. He taught elementary and junior high students for thirty-five years in Tennessee and Illinois.  The last twenty-eight years of his career were in Edinburg, Illinois school system.  He was a member of the Taylorville Christian Church.

Bill received Jesus as his savior when he was seventeen years old and was faithful to share his understanding of Christian salvation with his children and wife.  He loved to be in the presence of his children and grandchildren and great grand child (Gabriella) and those who knew him found that he had a seemingly endless repertoire of memorized songs, lyrics, poems, and quaint and whimsical Tennessee expressions and humor.  He had a penchant for nicknaming those with whom he became familiar, much to their delight.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, and two daughters: Dee(husband Larry) Franz of Decatur, Illinois and Mary (husband Robert) Collier of Springfield, Illinois; three grandchildren: LaRee (wife Jenny) Ford Jackson of Decatur, Illinois, Robby(wife Sydney) Collier of Springfield, Illinois, and Caleb Hornback Ford also of Springfield, Illinois; two great grandchildren, Gabriella Collier and Havyn Jackson and siblings: Francis Taylor, Mike Ford, Eddie Ford, and Ricky Ford, all of Tennessee and Sam Ford of Pana, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Polly Carol Quinn (Ford), his son, Larry H. Ford, brothers: Don Ford and Danny Ford and his parents.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 2:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Christian Church with Pastor James Jones officiating and burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Christian Church 1124 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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A candle was lit in memory of William (Bill) Ford

Kerri Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William (Bill) Ford

Jody peacock-vance Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

Linda, Dee, and Mary Beth, so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Eric and I had so much fun with Bill when we rode together to Sangamon State and teaching together also. I can hear him grumbling about something still and cracking a joke. Ah. the memories. May your memories comfort you in the coming days.

Deberah Smith Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

Linda, Dee and Mary Beth, My sincere sympathy. May good memories and your faith support you at this time.

Martha Zimmerman Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about your loss I had Mr Ford as a teacher and he was such a good man and cared a lot about his students

Dorothy furgeson Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William (Bill) Ford

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