E. Mark Ford, 46, of Jonesboro, Ark., died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Born in Kennett, son of the late James Fenton and Betty Hicklin Ford, he was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church, had served as president of the Jonesboro Jaycees, where he had held all offices in that organization and a board member of the Northeast Arkansas District Fair. He was a chairman of the Craighead County Republican Party, a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elk No. 498 and had been Citizen of the Year for the Elks Jonesboro Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Ford, of the home; one daughter, Melanie Ford, of Jonesboro; two sisters, Byron Ford Frederick, of Jacksonville, Fla. and Chris Kimbrow, of Collierville, Tenn., and two grandchildren, Whitney Ford and Drake Ford Sloan, both of Jonesboro.
He was preceded in death by one brother, David Ford.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at the Emerson Funeral Home's Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with Marty Hopkins officiating.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.
Pallbearers were Richard Blair, Don Culpepper, Tim Sturch, Brad Hanners, Joe Tucker and Terry Frierson.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Jonesboro Jaycees, the Northeast Arkansas District Fair Board, the Craighead County Republican Committee and the Youth I and II Sunday school classes from the Philadelphia Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and the Philadelphia Baptist Church Youth Fund.