William "Eckel" FordCHURCH HILL- William “Eckel” Ford, 93, passed away on Saturday (April 6, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center following an extended illness.
He was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Ford proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired after 38 years at Tennessee Eastman and loved farming and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Zeppie Walters Ford, sisters, Lillie Jenkins and Grace Burchfield.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gladys Marie Ford, two daughters; Shirley McMillan and her husband, Archie, Wanda Jo Haynes and her husband, Tommy, brother and sister-in-law, Enoch and Mildred B. Ford, Mount Carmel; four grandchildren; Eric Morelock, Todd Morelock, Aaron Haynes, Tracey Baker and her husband, Todd, great grandchildren; Morgan and Devin Morelock, step grandson, Nick McMillan, several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 5:00 to 7:00 P. M. Sunday at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel .
Services will be conducted Sunday at 7:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tommy Haynes officiating.
Graveside services with military honors will be conducted by the Church Hill VFW Post # 9754 and Tennessee National Guard, Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Church Hill Memory Gardens. Those desiring to attend are asked to meet at the Cemetery at 10:45 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Eric Morelock, Aaron Haynes, Todd Baker, Jeff Robinette, Brad Grimm and Nick McMillan. Honorary bearers will be Willie Thacker and Johnny Chapman.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the Holston Valley Medical Center and Hospice.
To leave an online message or to sign the guest registry for the Ford family, please visit us @www.jfhonline.com.
Johnson Funeral Home of Church Hill is serving the Ford family.
Service Date: 04/07/2013
Wilma and Mark Holder on 04/09/2013
Wanda and Family, there are no words to express the loss you feel. We are so sorry for your loss. Eckle was such a special man, who we all loved! We pray that God will pray his loving arms of comfort and mercy around you all at your time of loss and sorrow. We love you all. Marie and Eckle will always such a special part in our hearts. Wilma, Mark and Nathaniel, and Becky Holder
Sandy (Suncrest nurse) on 04/08/2013
I am so sorry to hear of this. I am so glad I got the chance to meet Mr. Ford and Mrs. Ford.. He was such a happy person when I had to go visit him at home. May god bless you all. Sandy
teresa salyer on 04/07/2013
Shirley, Enoch so sorry for your loss. Just know I will be thinking of you . May god be with you. Teresa Salyer