Henry E. Ford, May 22, 1922 -- Oct. 16, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Henry E. Ford, born in Savannah, Tenn., passed this plane of existence on October 16. This farm boy grew up in the cotton fields of Marked Tree, during Arkansas' cotton revival. After graduating from Marked Tree High School and serving America in a short stint in the Army during WWII, he was called upon by the Arkansas Razorbacks to catch pigskin from 1943 -- 1947 as co-captain (1946) and 2nd team All American (1947). He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ and a beacon of the Lord throughout his adventurous life.

He coached for two years in Mena before hearing the fields calling him back to cotton compressing and management. He worked in Marked Tree, Lake Providence, La., and Shaw, Miss., before calling Drew, Miss., his static homestead. He retired, always holding cotton in a special place, in 1987 from the National Compress in Drew, after which he moved to Eureka Springs for four years.

He moved back to Mississippi with his wife of 67 years, Virginia, to the Ford compound in Ackerman, Miss., to be around many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his eternally youthful wife, Virginia, two sons (Chuck and Reagan), eight grandchildren (Chip, Hope, Holly, Heather, Lee, Shirianne, Hudson and Ginny) and 15 great-grandchildren.

Each dinner Henry would announce, "Take what you want but eat what you take." He never had one single cavity his entire life and exercised intensely daily.

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