Columbus, OH — Frank Edward Ford, 93, of Ronceverte, W.Va., and a life-long resident of Teaberry Road, died Aug. 21, 2020.
Born June 30, 1927, at home in Ronceverte, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by his father, Guy (1933); mother, Francis (Kelley) (1967); and brothers, Albert (1981), James Brown (2001), and Kelly (2002). He was also preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bettie Jean (2006).
He is survived by his son, Mark (Kelly) and granddaughter, Reagen; son, Matt (Tina), grandson, Erik and granddaughter, Haylie; several nieces and nephews; and his life-long extended family of Ronnie and Sharon Baker.
Mr. Ford was a 1945 graduate of Greenbrier High School where he played on the championship basketball and football teams. He enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in World War II. Upon his discharge at the end of the war, he attended Greenbrier Military School and Marshall University, majoring in mathematics.
After completing his education he went to work for C&P Telephone, a subsidiary of AT&T, where he worked for 30 years installing telecommunication equipment and telephone service throughout southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia.
A devout catholic, he was a life-long member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and was the longest serving parishioner in church history.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a true American, extremely proud of his heritage, his country, and Ronceverte, W.Va. He will be missed by many, especially those who had the privilege of spending time with him and hearing the many stories he shared later in his life.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 25) at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ronceverte, with Father Jim Conyers officiating. Friends and family will be received from 6-7:30 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte on Monday (Aug. 24) with the rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.