It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing on Monday, December 10, 2012, of my maternal 1st cousin, John Austin Ford, II, 64 Years, 2 months, and 5 days old, of Chatham County, North Carolina. Recently, John had been in the University Of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on several occasions due to heart-disease related conditions and he passed there following his lengthy illness.
Obituary provided by his loving wife, Margaret Boone Ford:
John was born on Tuesday, October 5, 1948, the only child of John Austin Ford and Mary Williams (Ford) Wagner. Although born in Washington, DC, he spent most of his youth growing up in the Raleight-Knightdale area.
John served in Viet Nam and enjoyed a successful career in construction traveling throughout North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and beyond. He also found great pleasure working on fishing boats in Florida, relaxing during weekend fishing trips off the coast of North Carolina, and raising horses in Asheville and Fayetteville. He enjoyed reading science fiction, playing bridge, throwing darts and later in life found a hidden talent in pottery, throwing and glazing his own pieces. Whatever John did, he did it his way.
It was during a dart match that John met his wife of 28 years, Margaret Boone Ford. She won the match and his heart.
John was preceded in death by his parents. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sisters Susan Ford Ramsey, Tamela Lynn Ford Cohen, his aunts Norma Florence Ford Boling and Frances Williams Rogerson, his stepfather M. Thomas Wagner, sisters-in-law Betty Boone Twamley (Joseph V.), Mary L. Boone, Ada Boone Hoerl (Don), brother-in-law Richard K. Boone, niece Jane Twamley Kendall (Logan), with whom he shared an interest in hobby farming, and nephews David (Erin) Twamley and Steven (Marcella) Twamley, with whom he enjoyed a special friendship, and his four Boxers: Kate, Judee, Jasmine, and Jake.
A memorial service was held at Damascus Congregational Christian Church just outside Chapel Hill on Monday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the Damascus Congregational Christian Church.
The family also wishes to acknowledge the thoughtful care provided by the staff and doctors at UNC Hospitals.