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Shirley Omega Ford

November 25, 1940 — September 14, 2023



Shirley Omega Ford, a beloved member of the Florence community, peacefully departed to be with her savior on September 14, 2023. Born on November 25, 1940, in Sallis, MS, to Louie Wiley Carmeans and Mae Willie Carmeans, she was one of eleven children.   

Shirley's life was defined by her unwavering dedication to God, His Word, His Church, and her family.  She made a profound impact on those she encountered.  She will fondly be remembered as a beacon of compassion and grace.  Her proudest accomplishments lay not in the professional realm but in the meaningful relationships she cultivated throughout her life.

She cherished her role as a mother and poured her heart into raising two incredible sons – Rev. Charles Ford and Rev. Paul Ford. Her guidance, support, and unconditional love helped shape their characters and propelled them on their own remarkable paths. 

She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Mr., and Mrs. Louie Carmeans, three brothers, and six sisters.

 In 1961, Shirley embarked on a lifelong journey of love and partnership with Norman L. Ford. Their union stood the test of time for an impressive 62 years. The unwavering love they shared served as an inspiration to all who knew them.

Shirley leaves behind to cherish their memories her husband, Norman Ford, as well as her two sons, Rev. Charles Ford (Tammy) and Rev. Paul Ford (Casey), and her sister, Mildred Mills.  Her four grandchildren, Taylor Ford, Sydney Ford, Luke Ford, and Nolan Ford held a special place in her heart, as she relished in witnessing their growth and accomplishments, bringing immeasurable joy into her life.

Shirley Omega Ford's legacy extends beyond her immediate family. Her caring nature and genuine concern for the well-being of others touched the lives of countless friends and community members, as well as the members of Relate Church. We will forever remember her for her selflessness, unwavering faith, and the profound impact she has made on those fortunate to have crossed paths with her.

 There will be a Celebration of Life Service held at Relate Church in Byram on September 23, 2023, with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until the hour of service at 10:30 a.m.

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 23, 2023

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