Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:1-6)
Mrs. Mary Evelyn Ford was born January 16, 1933 in Marion, South Carolina. She was the third child of six children born to Ms. Daisy C. Ford. She was preceded in death by four of her siblings; Gladys Montgomery, Willie C. Vereen, and Grace Marilyn Walls and Jessie(Pete) Commodore. At the age of ve she was adopted into the loving care of the late Monk and Ella Johnson. Mary entered into eternal rest on March 26,2018 in Mcleod Hospice House in Florence, SC after a short illness.
Mary attended public school in the Dillon County School System. Her education was altered early because of her necessity to enter the work-force. Always a hard worker, she began working in housekeeping very early in life. Later she was employed by Marvel Lamp and Supreme Lighting for over 40 years. She continued to assist others in many ways until her health declined. Mary known to so many as “Aunt Mary “ will truly be missed by all that knew her.
Mary joined Little Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was very active in her Church. She remained a faithful and dedicated lifelong member. She was Vice President of the Usher Ministry; previously President, a past YWA advisor, a member of the Pastor’s Aid, a Homecom-ing Committee member, a Senior Missionary, and a member of the United Christian Sisterhood. Mary was also a faithful supporter to Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church and assisted in whatever capacity she could.
Mary was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Horace C. Ford in 1951. To this Union they were blessed with two children: Hildra Ford Crossland and Randolph (Bekey) Ford, both of which preceded her in death.
Mary was also preceded in death by adopted sisters: Cora Bridgett and Allen Commodore. Adopted brothers; Munson, Jim and Carson Johnson. Nieces (like sisters); Carolyn and Betty Joe Bridgett and Nephews (like brothers) Lyde, John and Robert Bridgett.
Mary leaves to cherish her loving memories her sister, Golder Ann (Min. Cleveland) Page, of Nichols, SC. A special sister, Hattie Grice of Fairmont, NC. A special daughter, Susan (Bobby) Merchant of Lake View, SC. A stepdaughter, Henrietta(Howard) McClain, of Fairmont, NC. One grandson, Derrick Ford of the home. One granddaughter, Tangela Marie Page of Winston Salem, NC. Three great grandsons; Darius Ford and Derrick Ford Jr. of lake View, SC and Gwanye Tylik Dudley of Winston Salem, NC. Three great granddaughters; Asia Locklear of Dillon, SC, Bre Asia Monay Lewis and Kanyah Trinece Dudley of Winston Salem, NC. One son in law, Berkley Crossland. Two sisters in law: Gloria Vereen and children and Dixie Lee Vereen and children. Special nieces; Barbara, Jackie, Darlene, Willietta and Jennetta. A special niece and caregiver Joyce Johnson. Three special nephews; Melvin, DaDa, and Nicky. An Adopted sisters; Eva Mae Harrington of Lake View, SC, Janie Lyles and her daughter Shayla Lyles of Mullins, SC. Special friends Connie and Bruce Siegel of Myrtle Beach, SC, Rev. and Mrs. Anderson of Lake View, SC, and Ernest Miller of Lake View, SC. A very dear and special friend Elder Charles Reaves. Dwayne Ford and Debbie Falk and family, the Hamer family and a host of other relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends