Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I Corinthians 15:51-52
Willie was born in Marion County on August 28, 1951, to the late Tom and Pearline Ford.
Preceded him in death; one brother, Thomas Ford, Jr; two nieces: Ebony Lewis Godbold, and Pamela Victoria Jenkins, and nephew; Gregory Ford.
Those who cherish his memories are his sisters: Lillie Mae Gause of the home, Bishop Carolyn Wilson of Mullins, and Ella (Bishop Levester) Williams of Florence, SC; and his brother: Abraham (Ivey) Ford of Ludowici, Georgia.
Willie did not have any children of his own, but he loved his nieces and nephews, whom he affectionately called, his aunts and uncles. Nieces: Tanya Taylor and Meliah Littlejohn, LaJoi and Kylie Ford; Nephew: Mario Ford; great nieces: Ashley (Deckion) Williams, and Chelsea Godbold; great nephew: Micah Ford; great-great niece: Kennedy Taylor; and great-great nephews: Ashton Williams, and Andre Littlejohn.
Willie began his educational journey in Dillon County (Lake View). He was a member of the 1969 graduating class of Palmetto High School.
Willie enlisted in the United States Marine Corp after graduation. Re-enlisted in the Army, and later served in the Army National Guard, Mullins, where he retired.
Prior to returning to Mullins, Willie worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigations several years in the Washington, DC area.
Willie was a faithful, dedicated, and committed member of the Beulah United Methodist Church. He sang on the church choir, taught Sunday School, and served in several other capacities. He also sang faithfully around South Carolina with Rev. John T. Hemingway and the Mullins Male Chorus. His love, passion, and talent for music blessed many throughout his life.
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