Obituary for Dr. Michael G Ford

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Dr. Michael G Ford

December 12, 1955 - April 14, 2019

Dr. Michael Green Ford
Servant of God, His Community, and Children
Dr. Michael Green Ford, born at home on December 12, 1955, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Eddie Green and Etta Bell Ford passed from this life into the presence of God on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019.

He was the proud father of daughter Julia, an honor graduate of The Hockaday School of Dallas and the University of Southern California. He was extremely proud of their many father-daughter organ/cello duet performances of Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. In addition, he is survived by a host of first cousins, relatives, and dearly beloved friends too numerous to mention.

Dr. Ford received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communications and Theatre with a minor in English from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Master of Education Degree at East Texas State University in Commerce. He completed his Doctor of Education degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He later enrolled in post-doctoral studies in the Superintendent’s Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Michael enjoyed the distinction and blessing of a bi-vocational career trajectory—service to God as a talented musician and service to children as an educator and determined, powerful advocate for children.

For the past 50 years, he served in church music leadership positions ranging from pianist, organist, choir director and minister of music. In every stage of life, even in the advent of occasional doubts and fears, he gave thanks to God and his growing relationship with Him and his opportunities to serve Him.

At the behest of the National Baptist Convention, USA. Inc., he traveled extensively to Historically Black Colleges and Universities establishing and supporting Baptist Student Unions during his undergraduate days at Southern University.
Dr. Ford served as Minister of Music for the following Dallas churches: Zion Hill Baptist, Pilgrim Rest Baptist, St. Paul United Methodist, and New Jerusalem Institutional Baptist. Additionally, he served as church pianist for Plano’s Shiloh Baptist Church and organist for First Baptist Church of Texas City. He was an instructor of Church Music Literature for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. In his last church ministry, he was blessed to serve as Minister of Music for Camp Wisdom United Methodist Church of Dallas.

For 35 years, he served as a successful classroom teacher, building level administrator, central office administrator, and superintendent level positions in three states: Texas, Missouri, and Virginia.

He began his educational career in the Dallas Independent School District where he served as Speech, English, Debate, and Theatre teacher at the High School for Health Professions. In addition to serving in campus-level administrative positions in Dallas at both the secondary and elementary levels, he served as Coordinator of Secondary Staffing, a position for which he was responsible for staffing 20 comprehensive high schools and 44 middle and magnet schools in Dallas.

Upon leaving the Dallas Independent School District, he accepted a position as Administrative Services Consultant with the Texas Education Agency, providing a broad array of services to 82 North Texas School Districts within the Region X area. As consultant, he trained more than 500 new campus-level administrators in the areas of Instructional Leadership, the Texas Teacher Appraisal System and the Professional Development Appraisal System. His passion for children was highly recognized state-wide because of his ability to work effectively with staff at low-performing campuses toward developing self-assessments directed toward improving student achievement.

He later became the first African-American to serve in a superintendent’s cabinet in the McKinney Independent School District. With full McKinney ISD school board support, Dr. Ford designed and implemented an action-research based Master’s Degree Cohort program whereby Texas A&M staff and qualified district staff served as instructors, paid in full by the school district. Within two years, thirty-three district teachers and staff earned the Master of Education degree through this in-district program. This program was cited as a national model for maximizing the impact of a school district’s staff development budget.

Upon leaving McKinney, he accepted the Assistant Superintendent – Human Resources position with Texas City Independent School District in Galveston County. The school board and community credited his leadership for transforming the office from “Personnel Services” to a more comprehensive “Human Resources” model in organizational structure and services provided.

With a desire to move back to Dallas, he accepted the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources position with Cedar Hill Independent School District. During his tenure in Cedar Hill, he graduated from Leadership Southwest, served as member of Northwood University Foundation Board, and was a member of Cedar Hill Rotary.

After 31 years of service to Texas schools, Dr. Ford attempted to retire. His desire to serve children postponed that retirement, though, when he was asked to serve as Associate Superintendent-Human Resources for Kansas City Missouri Schools and Director of Recruiting for Loudon County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. He finally, truly retired from public school service in the early 2000’s to act as the primary care giver for his father.

Dr. Ford was a member and former president of the Dallas Metroplex Musicians’ Association, The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. Additionally, he served on the Bruce R. Foote Memorial Scholarship Foundation Board.

He was sincerely grateful to God for the privilege to share his gifts along life’s journey. Michael lived his life following the encouragement of his parents and grandparents who poured everything they had into him and admonished him: “Baby, never let success go to your head, and never let failure go to your heart.”

Soli Deo Gloria
Deo gratias pro vita vadum Dr. Michael Ford

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Camp Wisdom United Methodist Church

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1300 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, Texas 75232

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Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Good Street Baptist Church

Address:

3110 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, TX, 75216

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Service Information

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm

Good Street Baptist Church

Address:

3110 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, TX, 75216

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Born: December 12, 1955
 
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Haroldallison posted on 5/16/19

Will sadly miss my COUSIN, he was always there for our family functions, and kept in touch no matter how far.. love you eternally cousin

 

Tricia posted on 5/1/19

To the family, please take comfort in Jesus words "do not let your hearts be troubled because there will be a resurrection and sickness and death will be gone forever." John 5:28,29;14:1;Rev.21:4 For more comforting words, please visit: JW.ORG

 

Melodi Lovely posted on 4/29/19

I'll meet you at the Jordan.

 

Elsie Joseph Lewis posted on 4/27/19

To your family..we are praying for them. We always knew you were going to Soar...and you did! You kept the Faith. Lake Charles will miss you!

 

Tommy Jerome Asberry posted on 4/26/19

In memory of my beloved brother Dr.Ford. you will be missed love you always Tommy j.Asberry San Francisco

 

Ms.Jerry Washington posted on 4/26/19

I HEARD YOU GOT YOUR WINGS DR.FORD. YOU MADE YOUR MARK ON THE WORLD THY GOOD & FAITHFUL SERVANT. HEAVEN GAIN A MUSICAL ANGEL TO MINISTER THE HEAVENLY CHOIRS. GO ON AND ENJOY IT DR.FORD. YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!💖

 

Thommy Adams posted on 4/25/19

Just a little while to stay here. Just a little while to wait Just a little while to labor, In the path that's always straight. Just a little more of sorrow, In this low and sinful state. Then we'll enter heaven's portals sweeping through those pearly gates

 

Brigitte L Winkfield posted on 4/25/19

A Music Educator, you will truly be missed. My prayers go out to your daughter Julia and family. From Brigitte The Clark- Thompson Singers.

 

David Tyson posted on 4/25/19

Rest well my brother in Omega chapter, the chapter of sweet rest.

 

Angelia Fedrick posted on 4/24/19

Lots of fond memories of you a great teacher H.S.H.P. was a fantastic experience we were more like family there. R.I.P. Mr.Ford you will be missed. Will see you again someday in Heaven. My prayers are with his family and friends praying for peace, comfort strength. Sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Angelia Fedrick

 

Barbara Wright-Pryor posted on 4/24/19

Some people come into our lives and quickly go: Others stay around for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.....

 

Georgia Young Bey posted on 4/23/19

On behalf of the Bey Family of Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod We express our sincere sympathy to all of Dr. Michael Fords family and friends, He knew not a stranger. My mother Eva Young was one of his most favorite relatives. He often spoke about the love she showed for her family in Louisiana traveling alone to visit them all the way from Massachusetts. When he became of age, he traveled all the way up there to see and spend quality time with her. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 King James Version (KJV). 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. She passed the baton of love to Michael, he carried it all over the world!

 

Steven Andrews posted on 4/23/19

I extend my sincere condolences. Dr. Ford touched the lives of many. He was a great educator, musician and leader. Most important he loved the Lord. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. He is now safe in the arms of the. He will be sorely. I'm sure he's arranged a heavenly choir and singing "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be." R. I. L. I will see you on the other side.

 

Renita Turner Coleman posted on 4/23/19

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Michael Ford. A true teacher! He loved family and friends and best of all life and Jesus Christ. He will truly be missed. Heaven has gained the Best Minister of Music!!!

 

Deidra Jones posted on 4/22/19

My First Cousin Has Fell Asleep To Be With The Lord. We As A Family Will Miss You Mike. Take Your Rest Cousin❤

 

young family posted on 4/22/19

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family. May God's promises found at Acts 24:15 and Psalms 37:29 bring you comfort at this difficult time.

 

Delphine Guidry posted on 4/22/19

To The Family And Friends. Sorry For Your Loss. You All Have My Condolences. Dr.Micheal Ford Fought A Good Fight. Rest In Peace. You Will Be Miss. The Adam Stevens Family. ❤

 

Cheryl Musaddiq posted on 4/22/19

Michael you will be missed. Your love and joy for the Lord, family and friends will never be forgotten. Your spirit of overcoming will continue to be anthem of so many you touched. My condolences to Julia and the entire Ford Family.

 

Clyde Williams, Colorado Springs, Colorado posted on 4/21/19

I never had a chance to meet DrMichael in person. He was my Facebook Friend. I always wanted to share our musical talents and stories in person. Today, I am deeply sadden to learn of his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with his daughter, family and friends. What an “Extraordinary Man of God!" Rest in Heaven my Wonderful, Gifted Friend. We all know where to find you. Yes indeed, we shall meet you and Jesus in that Beautiful City called Heaven!!

 

Lois Miller posted on 4/21/19

My deepest and most sincere comfort to the family and friends. Rest in Heavenly Peace Dear Dr. Michael. Our time was short and Holy Spirit filled. Soar with the Angels my friend.

 

June G posted on 4/21/19

Such a gentle giant. You will definitely be missed my friend. R.I.P 💔💔

 

Betty Culbreath posted on 4/20/19

Prayer for family he lived such a great life he is missed.

 

Cassey Finn posted on 4/20/19

Dr. Ford, was a teacher at HSHP my 4 years there(84-88). I never took his class, but he was always there with words of encouragement, whether on stage at an assembly or just while passing classes in the halls. He was always the same, and was really funny too.. Rest in Peace, your race is now over......

 

Juli Ferraro posted on 4/20/19

Michael you are an example of a humble servant which continued every day of your life! I was a beneficiary of the M.Ed program at Texas A & M Commerce! I also had the pleasure of working with you in MISD and sharing our vision for students! As Isiah relayed earlier you brought people along on your heavenly journey which happened too soon! You will be missed by many! Juli

 

Regina M Wright posted on 4/20/19

My mother shared the news of your departure early Palm Sunday morning, as I was on my way to Church. My heart was truly saddened by this news. I had the honor of meeting you and know how much you cared about family roots during your visit to see your Great Aunt Eva Young, my Grandmother. Your labor is not in vain. Prayers for all the many people whoes lives you touched and had the chance to meet you, as we celebrate you. Dr. Michael Ford

 

Ann Lockett posted on 4/20/19

I just read the news and my heart is a little saddened however I trust God. To The Ford Family... you all are in my prayers !!! Ann

 

My sincere condolences to Family and many Friends Worldwide of Dr Michael Ford. Precious Gem never forgotten, Rest Easy ❣️ Roxye "Darlene" Dock, ATL🙏 posted on 4/20/19

In memory of , My sincere condolences to Family and many Friends Worldwide of Dr Michael Ford. Precious Gem never forgotten, Rest Easy ❣️ Roxye "Darlene" Dock, ATL🙏 lit a candle

 

John W Washington posted on 4/20/19

In memory of , John W Washington lit a candle

 

John W Washington posted on 4/20/19

Dr. Michael Ford was a true friend and a consummate professional. Great all around guy with a plethora of talents. He was bold in his convictions and an individual who knew that the pen was more powerful than the sword! I will miss his wit and his gracious view of life. Rest in Peace my brother and I'll see you later!!

 

Darryl Johnson posted on 4/20/19

Dr. Michael Ford, thank you for your shining example of how to be a Man of God, class and excellence. You were my high school teacher and set an example of how to articulate and be great!!!

 

Dr. Sherian L. Smith posted on 4/20/19

In memory of , Dr. Sherian L. Smith lit a candle

 

Gwen Dorsey-Hall posted on 4/20/19

Sending out Prayers to the family. May Micheal rest in the arms our Lord and savior. May continue to spread the gospel & joy in his music.

 

Daryl Dabon Jarvis posted on 4/20/19

My heart is broken my friend, it I know you are in the arms of your beloved Jesus. I can hear God say, “Servant, well done”! Because you dedicated your life to the service of God’s Kingdom and others. No more pain, or worries. Rest on my friend.

 

Christa Whaley posted on 4/20/19

You are gone, but you'll never be forgotten!🕊💛

 

Carla Douglas posted on 4/20/19

Michael I recall the first time we met. We bonded immediately and have been bonded since that day. Your spirit and love for God and your daughter can't ever be questioned. Soar high my friend. I love you and will miss you. Until we meet again.

 

Dr. Sherian L. Smith posted on 4/20/19

Dr. Ford, Your encouragement and servant spirit lives forever. Well done🙏🏾!

 

Lisa Forney posted on 4/19/19

To one of my favorite teachers in high school....Theater Arts and Debate. This dynamic educator set the bar high for all of his students. Helped me to thrive as a public speaker and grow even more confident in making my voice be heard. Encouraged my journey long after graduation. I too joined him in pouring into the future. I am a career educator....27 years of service to youth. I remember the last time I was home...we had breakfast and he said to me that he knows that the business of educating the future is in good hands. Dr. Ford, I will miss you with all of my heart. Job well done. Hugs and much love Sir.

 

A. Jeffrey LaValley posted on 4/19/19

One of the kindest souls I knew. My prayers are with the family during this transitional season.

 

Lynnetta Barnes posted on 4/19/19

Thanks for all that you poured into us...!!!! With ACCOUNTABILITY... EXPECTATIONS....and LOVE..💕 Rest Well Dr Ford ... Lynnetta Barnes High School for the Health Professions...Class of 81 #LionsPride💙💙💙

 

Tom E. Morgan posted on 4/18/19

What a great loss of an exemplary human being and great talent. My heartfelt condolence. Tommie Morgan

 

Isiah Joshua Jr posted on 4/18/19

Many people have taught me how to live; however, my friend and brother, Dr. Michael G. Ford, has taught me how to die with dignity. I watched him,via Facebook, surround himself with people whom he loved. He had them fill his home with the music of the church. What a beautiful way to end an earthly life and transition to an enternal life! What a fellowship!

 

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