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Helen V. Ford

December 26, 1919 ~ January 21, 2020 (age 100)


FORD ~  Helen Vivian Ford was born December 26, 1919, in Jacksonville, Florida.

She was the first African American female to be employed with Jacksonville Shipyard.  Helen was also employed in private homes; she enjoyed caring for children and family.  She loved for people to laugh and to be happy, she never met a stranger.  Helen enjoyed shopping and spending money. 

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, James Ford; sons, Robert and Harold Ford; brothers, Charles and Hugh Hill; and sister, Mary Ford.  She leaves to cherish his loving memory, two loving  sons, James (Shella) and Richard Ford of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Cheryl Ford, Tiffany Baker, James Ford, Jr. (Sonda), Danette Carpenter (Gregory), Richard Ford, Jr., Eric L. Ford (Doreenkay) and Eric Ford; great grandchildren, Ashlee Baker, Daryon Ford, Sydney and Samara Ford, Rashad Ford, Shamir Mouchawar, Dorothy Clay, Sabrina Clay, Xavier Clay, Francisco Clay and Timmy Clay; great-great grandchildren, Ayva Bates and Markel Oneill; other relatives and friends

Graveside Service for Mrs. Helen Ford will be 11:00 AM Friday, January 31, 2020 at Edgewood Cemetery, 4519 Edgewood Drive, Pastor Tim  Cole, Officiation.  Family will receive friends Thursday at The Soutel Chapel from 5 - 7 PM.  Because of the love of her family arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Drive, 904.924.9400

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 Service Program


January 30, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Soutel Chapel
5065 Soutel Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32208-1863

Graveside Service
January 31, 2020

11:00 AM
Edgewood Cemetery
4519 N. Edgewood Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32219

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