Billy Gene Ford, 49, of Brookland, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010,at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Mr. Ford was born June 5, 1961, in Kennett, Mo., to Shelby Eugene and Mary Ruth Ford. Mr. Ford was a member of the New Providence Baptist Church in Buckeye, a farmer, and enjoyed buying, selling and trading.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Ruth Ellison Ford; his wife, Glenda Faye Ford of Brookland; a stepson, Jonathan Key of Batesville; two stepdaughters, Patty Chapple of Batesville and Tabitha Key of Brookland; two brothers, Carl Ford of Brookland, and Donald Ford of Leachville; three sisters, Shirley Larimer of Brookland Linda Hamilton of Leachville and Bertha Danbridge of Memphis; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Mr. Ford was preceded in death by his father, Shelby Eugene Ford; a brother, Eugene Ford, and a sister, Frances Bounds.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, at the New Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Smith officiating. The family received visitors from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
Faith Funeral Service of Manila was in charge of arrangements.