Marjorie Brown Ford

On September 7, at the age of 86, Marj Ford left this world behind and was Heaven bound. Marj was proudly born and raised in the Woodside Mill Village. She lived her entire life in Simpsonville. Her new address is Gloryland. A devout Christian, her strong faith was in God’s promise, “to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord”. As her loving family, we claim that same promise, too.

Hers was a life well lived and for 68 of those years she shared it with her devoted husband, constant companion and strongest supporter, Billy Dean Ford. She was the proud mother of daughters Sherry Ford Watson, Kimberly Ford Templeton (Spencer) and son, Billy Dean Ford, Jr. (Janet). She was known as ” Dana” to her adored (and often spoiled) grandchildren, Cayce Becker Campbell, Benton Watson (Leah), Chance Morgan, Cameron Morgan (Carson), Chelsea Ford Stewart (Jonathan) and Peden Ford (fiancée, Brianna Carton). Her great grandsons, Cash Campbell, Easton Morgan, Shepherd Stewart and Mac Morgan were pure joy and absolute delight for her.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph F and Lula T Brown. Of 11 children, she was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by son in law, Benny Watson and grandson, Dougie Becker. Countless nieces, nephews and other family members were treasured by her.

In 1982, she was appointed as the first female State Farm Agent in Greenville County. She believed this opportunity was a gift from God. She dedicated the Marj Ford State Farm Agency on the first day she opened her doors to the Lord. She firmly believed her agency was her “mission field”. Her clients became cherished friends. She served three generations in some families. All three of her children were blessed to work alongside her in her business. They had a front row seat to the virtues of hard work, honesty and integrity. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. She always treated people with respect and kindness.

To Patsy Bridges Barbrey, your faithful friendship began as young children at Temple Baptist Church. You all never remember not knowing and loving one another. Her memories of time spent with you were priceless. Best Friends Forever.

A sincere debt of gratitude to Demetria Barksdale. Dee, your love and care made a difference in the quality of all of our lives. You have a servant’s heart and are much loved. Also, to SC House Calls, Interim Home Health and Interim Hospice, your knowledge and expertise were exceeded only by your kindness and compassion. We are greatly appreciative.

As her family, we mourn our overwhelming loss but celebrate her joyous gain. Don’t mistake our grief and sadness. Our faith has never been more clear. We can only imagine the Family and Friends Reunion. Seeing the face of God, placing her hands in the nail scarred hands of Jesus and hearing the words, ” well done, good and faithful servant ” has brought her full circle. We were blessed to call her our own. She was our precious present.

The family requests that memorials be made to: Standing Springs Baptist Church, 1111 West Georgia Rd, Simpsonville SC 29680; or to Gideons International, PO Box 503, Mauldin, SC 29662.

Due to COVID-19, a Private Funeral Service will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Michael Beeks officiating.

Click here to view the recorded service.

The family would like to invite all those that are able to join them for the committal service at Cannon Memorial Park at 11:00 AM on Thursday. The family will receive friends following the committal service. We requests that everyone in attendance please wear a mask and practice “social distancing”.

Condolences to the family of Marjorie Brown Ford

  • Mr. Ford, daddy and mama adored sweet Marg. Daddy would often times look for her to come sit beside him in church. Just imagine the reunion they had yesterday. With much Love Donna Wood

  • Jane Chappell
    4 years ago

    Aunt Marj was a wonderful lady in so many ways. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. We are saddened by her passing but can rest peacefully thinking of her joyous homecoming. Sending love and praying for Uncle Bill and her beloved family.

  • MaryAnn Kirby
    4 years ago

    We were so sorry to hear about your mom, but what anblessing to have the peace of her homecoming with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bill you and family are in our prayers

  • Barbara
    4 years ago

    Mark was such good friends with my mama and daddy. They loved her and Billy so much. She was such a great help to my family when our house burnt. She wasn’t even our agent but she helped us in many ways. Her sweet face will be missed. Prayers for the family.Jim and Barbara Maslow

  • Cindy Armstrong
    4 years ago

    My deepest condolences to the Ford family for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

  • Pat Harris
    4 years ago

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. All of the Ford Family are in our prayers. Please accept our condolences.

    Pat Harris and the Armstrong Family.

  • What a Treasure of a Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Such a gem of a person, always with kind words and a smile on her face. Sherry, Kim & Billy, so sorry for your lost, but I believe anyone who ever met Ms. Marj and spent any time around will miss her as well. Praying for you all, especially for your Dad. Love and Prayers from Margaret Henderson and Polly Manley and family.

  • Was so sorry to learn of Marj’s passing. Sending you my heartfelt sympathy and prayers.

  • Jo Ann A Runyan
    4 years ago

    Billy and family, so sorry to hear about Marj. I met her when we worked at Cryovac and she became my friend. I loved her , she was a sweet person. She used to come to my house for a manicure.. I didn’t see her as much as I should have but I thought about her often. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND !!!

  • To my dear friend Sherry and the family I am truly sorry to hear about your mother. She will be missed so much it was a pleasure to know her and I have grew up with all of you and I love you all. Sherry you have been an inspiration to me an my children we love you>
    I dont know what i would have done without your beautiful face working with me an getting me through alot. so please if you need me call me anytime.
    Love Telena and Family and the chappells

  • Julie Hayes
    4 years ago

    Sherry, Cayce and family, I am heartbroken to hear of Marj’s passing, but I know she is loving her new home. I am so glad I was able to get to know her while working at Wilson’s many years ago. She was always so kind to everyone she encountered. My prayers are with your family during this time. May you all keep her precious memories in your hearts.
    ❤️ Julie Hayes

  • Wanda Bradey
    4 years ago

    Prayers for this journey. Marj was such an inspiration to me as a new SF agent. She was one classy lady. What a pleasure to have know her. Godspeed, Marj. I am sure our Father was welcoming you with “good and faithful servant”.

  • Steve Miller
    4 years ago

    To the family and staff of Marj she was a true Professional and Inspiration to us all. She lived her life to be with God and instilled those values in everyone she came in contact. She has completed her journey and we are better for knowing her..

  • Bonnie Gossett
    4 years ago

    This was the most beautiful life celebration. Sherry was eloquent about an eloquent lady. Fly high Marj and say hello to Jesus for me.

  • Alice Whitaker
    4 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss but am truly happy for the knowledge of knowing where she is. To me she was always the picture of elegance. We’ll meet again someday, thank you Jesus.

  • Claudette Stenhouse
    4 years ago

    To Kim and family, God sent us a beautiful soul in the person of Marj Ford. Her work down here is completed and she touched so many lives. Please find comfort in knowing she is somewhere around God’s throne. Love you!

  • Ginger Stuart Walker
    4 years ago

    Oh Sherry I am just finding out about your sweet mother’s passing this morning (Saturday). Please know I’m praying for you and for your whole family. You all loved her well and are evidence of a wonderful mother’s love. She is now in our heavenly Fathers hands with a healthy body again. Love you!

  • thomas lanning
    4 years ago

    love you lady and family


  • Cathy Panagakos
    4 years ago

    My sincere prayers of sympathy to all the family for the loss of Marj. I just found out about her passing. Never in my life have I met anyone like her-she was always a straight shooter and never hesitated to bless your heart at the same time. I feel privileged to have known her. May your grief be replaced with eternal memories of love and funny moments.

  • Debbie Heaton
    4 years ago

    Marj was a wonderful lady, keen business sense and so kind. As a client for over 30 years, she will be missed. My condolences and prayers to the Ford family.

  • Jo M Peck
    4 years ago

    My condolences to the Ford family, especially to Sherry, Kim, and Billy. Your mother is a very special lady, and I will always remember her and be grateful for her help (and yours!).

  • Deloris Long
    3 years ago

    Kim, Sherry, Billy and Bill: Sorry I have not sent this note much earlier. Marg was a special lady and was always the same person whenever I saw her. Her kind spirit was always present. You all were blessed to call her Mama. I lost my Mama on 5/27/2020. I miss her every day, but one thing is sure. Death cannot take our precious memories of them. I think of you all often and feel your pain. They live on in our hearts. Praises to GOD for giving them to us. Much love. Deloris Long

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