Mrs. Barbara Jean Ford was born December 11, 1943 in Youngstown, Ohio to Amanda Adams Washington and James Washington. She departed this earthly life on Monday June 21, 2021.
Barbara joined Johnnie Ford in holy matrimony on August 15, 1967, this union was blessed with one son, Shawn. She was a devoted wife and mother and a caring and loving sister and friend to many. Barbara graduated valedictorian from East High School in Youngstown, Ohio in 1961. She went on to graduate from Central State University, attended Antioch college, Syracuse University and Harvard where she obtained a MA in teaching, MAT, Professional Diploma in Administration and Supervision. Barbara was a member of Delta Sigma Theta for over 50 years. Barbara was employed as an elementary and junior high school teacher, assistant principal, executive assistant and Superintendent in New York City public schools. After retiring she and her family moved to Columbia, South Carolina where they were awarded family of the year in 1995. Barbara also established the first learning enrichment center in South Carolina NE regional AME Church District.
Barbara was preceded in death by both parents, Amanda and James Washingto; his sister Alice Butler and two brothers, Johnny Washington and James Washington.
Barbara leaves to cherish her loving memories: her devoted husband Johnnie Ford of Mullins, South Carolina; her loving son Shawn Ford of Mullins, South Carolina; her loving stepson Willie Gilchrist of Nichols, South Carolina; three brothers George Washington of Youngstown, Ohio, Walter (Julia) Washington of California, and Norman (Donna) Washington of Cleveland, Ohio; sister-in-law Leona Jones of Bronx, New York; brother-in-law Archie Ford of Mullins, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends
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