Sometimes it seems the idea of a neighbor caring and helping their neighbors becomes lost in our daily life. But time and again, when tragedy occurs in our community, Ford Funeral Home provided “Generations of Caring”.
Ford Funeral Home was incorporated in the 1950’s in the state of West Virginia by two brothers, Joseph F. Ford and William H. Ford. The brothers, who served in World War II, were graduates of Fairmont State College and continued their post graduate education in mortuary colleges. Joseph attended the Anew York School of Embalming and Restorative Art and William graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science. William received his masters degree in counseling and guidance from West Virginia University .
The Ford Funeral Home is a multi-generational business. Lillie A. Ford, deceased, was a funeral director and embalmer and mother of Joseph and William. Joseph F. Ford, III, William H. Ford, II, R. Jay Ford and Bradley A. Ford joined the firm as the third generation. The fourth generation included Lauren L. Ford and William Ryan Ford. The full staff serves families at four locations.
Demonstrating family tradition of belonging to and supporting professional organizations, Joseph Ford, deceased, William, Joseph, III, William, II, and R. Jay are all past presidents of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association. William also served for twenty-one years as the executive director of the “American Board of Funeral Service Education – the accrediting agency of the mortuary colleges in the United States .
Licensed Funeral Directors:
(standing from left to right)
Joseph F. (Bud) Ford III
William H. (Bill) Ford
R. Jay Ford
William H. (Bill) Ford II
(seated from left to right)