Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Clarence Edward “Ed” Ford, 94, lifelong resident of Rockingham County, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ford was born in Rockingham County on Aug. 4, 1918, and was a son of the late Clarence Buford “CB” and Effie Lee Shifflett Ford.
On June 1, 1940, he married the former Kathleen Elizabeth Shifflett, who preceded him in death in 1995. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Randy C. Arehart; two sisters, Mildred F. Ford and Betty F. Miller; and his son-in-law, Jacob “JC” Huffman.
Ed attended Timber Ridge School and was a farm hand on various properties around Mill Creek, Port Republic and Grottoes, throughout his childhood. He assisted his father-in-law as a stonemason and was proud to have constructed the Reservoir Street section of the stonewall at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.
Mr. Ford enlisted in the United States Navy and was a World War II veteran. He later was employed as a custodian for over 25 years at the Harrisonburg Evangelical United Brethren Church/Otterbein United Methodist Church and retired after 17 years from Dominion Bank. Throughout his life, he was an expert marksman and loved trapping, fishing and hunting. Ed enjoyed baseball and was known for his left-handed pitching in the County League.
Surviving family include his daughter, Marylee Ford Huffman of Harrisonburg; two sons, Jerry Ray Ford and special friend, Betty, of Springfield, and James Edward Ford and wife, Elaine, of Grottoes; three grandchildren, Jerry R. Ford Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, Melissa Huffman Malabad and husband, Paul, and Lisa Shifflett Nobles and husband, David; three great-grandsons, Anthony, Daniel and Samuel Malabad and nieces and nephews.
The Rev. C. Edward Pruitt will conduct the funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with military rites performed by the Dayton American Legion Post No. 27.
There will be no formal visitation. Friends may pay their respects anytime at the funeral home.