Obituaries, March 29, 2013

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 12:43 AM


Joseph E.  Ford Sr.
Joseph E.  Ford Sr., age 81, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC.
Joe was the son of the late Noah E. and Mary Moffitt Ford. He was a native of Rutherford County. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. Joe was a U S Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a prisoner of war for 2 1/2 years. He was employed by the Charlotte Fire Department for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane McGinnis Ford; two sons, Joey Ford and his wife, Linda of Rutherfordton, NC and Gary Ford and his wife, Judy of Rutherfordton, NC; two brothers, Bill Ford of Rutherfordton, NC and Charles Ford of Columbus, NC; two sisters, Sarah Dixon of Gastonia, NC and Lucy Bradley of Gastonia, NC; three grandchildren, Matthew Ford, Crissy Coffey and Kimberly Barnes and three great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, in the sanctuary of the church prior to the service with the Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard providing rites. The funeral service will be at First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, with Rev. Tim Marsh, Rev. Dean Baughn and Bill Norwood officiating. Interment will be at Rutherfordton City Cemetery with Military. Honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church; building fund; P O Box 839; Rutherfordton, NC 28139.  
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McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.