Ford, Jr., William Ronald

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ford william ronald jrWilliam (Bill) Ronald Ford, Jr., 54, of Elliston, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was born April 3, 1959 the son of the late William Ronald Ford, Sr. and Ann Hancock Ford. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elliston. He was a long time employee of U. S. Foods He was a longtime youth sports coach in Salem and Montgomery County where he was loved by the children as well as their parents. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Reggie Ford nephew, Brendon H. Ford and step-son, Anthony Sowers. Left to mourn are daughter, Alicia Ford and grandchildren, Avone and Selena; son, Ron Ford; stepsons, Joe Sowers and Brad Wooten; former wife, Terry Ford; longtime companion and fiancé, Crystal Simmons; sisters, Darlene (Rev. Tyrone) Carter, Kathy Ford and Maria Ford; brother, Kenny Ford; aunt, Brenda Claxton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Eastern Montgomery High School Gymnasium, 4695 Crozier Road, Elliston, with the Rev. Lee A. Pusha and Rev. Rolando Twine officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Elliston, 4860 Calloway Street, Elliston. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Community Foundation of the New River Valley for the Bill Ford Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6009, Christiansburg, VA 24068-6009 or to use a credit card call 540-381-8999. The Ford family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.