William (Bill) Green Ford, age 88, of Taylorville, Illinois, died at 3:08 a.m. on March 9, 2020 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
He was born January 15, 1932, near Bumpus Mills, Tennessee, the son of John and Helen Ford. He married Linda Dawn Cremer on November 20, 1971 in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1967 and from Sangamon State University with an M.A. degree in 1976. He taught elementary and junior high students for thirty-five years in Tennessee and Illinois. The last twenty-eight years of his career were in Edinburg, Illinois school system. He was a member of the Taylorville Christian Church.
Bill received Jesus as his savior when he was seventeen years old and was faithful to share his understanding of Christian salvation with his children and wife. He loved to be in the presence of his children and grandchildren and great-grandchild (Gabriella) and those who knew him found that he had a seemingly endless repertoire of memorized songs, lyrics, poems, and quaint and whimsical Tennessee expressions and humor. He had a penchant for nicknaming those with whom he became familiar, much to their delight.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, and two daughters: Dee (husband Larry) Franz of Decatur, Illinois and Mary (husband Robert) Collier of Springfield, Illinois; three grandchildren: LaRee (wife Jenny) Ford Jackson of Decatur, Illinois, Robby (wife Sydney) Collier of Springfield, Illinois, and Caleb Hornback Ford also of Springfield, Illinois; two great-grandchildren, Gabriella Collier and Havyn Jackson and siblings: Francis Taylor, Mike Ford, Eddie Ford, and Ricky Ford, all of Tennessee and Sam Ford of Pana, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Polly Carol Quinn (Ford), his son, Larry H. Ford, brothers: Don Ford and Danny Ford and his parents.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville, Ill. Funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Christian Church with Pastor James Jones and Rev. Dick Wamsley officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign their online guest book at Suttonmemorialhome.com