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Rev. James S. Ford PhD

Rev. James S. Ford PhDRev. James S. Ford PhD., age 77, of Minerva died Monday April 18, 2011, in Great Trail Care Center. 

Born Aug. 25, 1933, in White Hall, IL, he was a son of Howard and Blanche (Bell) Ford.

He had worked for TRW in Minerva and retired from Canton Drop Forge where he was a draftsman.  His life long passion was his ministry.  He graduated from Malone University and received his doctorate in Theology from Liberty University.  He was the minister at Victory Baptist Church in Kensington and the Marilyn Ave. Baptist Church in Canton and was the editor of Faith Ministry Newsletter.  He wrote and published two books on religion.

He is survived by three daughters, Janice (Ray) Wilks of Alliance, Carla (Jim) McCully of Malvern and Julie (Tom) Walker of Minerva; three sons, Tim Ford of Minerva, Jamie (Keli) Ford of Minerva, and Joe Enoch of Minerva; 20 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and cousins, Mary Grover of St. James, MO, and Fred and Shirley Collins of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Lanning) Ford, who died in 2010; two sisters, Lucille Westerfield and Fredline Collins; and two brothers, Rochester "Rocky" Ford and Coyner T. Ford.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 26 at 11 a.m. in Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva with Chaplain Larry Karlen officiating.  Burial will be in Augusta Cemetery.  Calling hours will be Monday 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries or Alzheimer's Assoc.  The family would like to thank the staff of the Great Trail Care Center for all of their wonderful care.  Those unable to attend may sign the register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com

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