A Service of Love and Remembrance for Mrs. Letha Belle Hawkins Ford (Ma, Mom, Grandma & Lady L) will be 11:00AM Saturday at St. James M.B. Church in Leighton, Alabama with the Rev. Green Davidson III officiating. Repast will immediately follow the service. Inhumation will then follow in Decatur City Cemetery. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service. Public viewing will be Friday from 1:00PM until 5:00PM at Reynolds Funeral Home.
She was born November 3, 1941 to the late Ms. Mary E. Allen and Mr. Cleveland Hawkins. She departed this earthly life on January 13, 2023 at the Parkway Campus of Decatur Morgan Hospital.
Mother Ford accepted Christ at a very early age and was a dedicated member of St. James M. B Church, where she served on the Mother’s Board and Missionary Society until her health started falling in 2020.
She was a woman that loved to dress up and would not leave home unless she was sharp as a tack and smelled great with her assorted perfume collection. She loved shopping at every department store and enjoyed laughing and smiling wherever she went. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and was content with everyday of her life. While at home you would find her watching soap operas, westerns, and Walker Texas Rangers.
Ms. Ford was preceded in death by her parents; Ms. Mary E. Allen and Mr. Cleveland Hawkins; her husband, Mr. Otis James Ford; sisters, Ms. Lizzie Mae McDonald, Ms. Lucy Abernathy, Ms. Betty L. Cosby, Ms. Camelia Ray, Ms. Fannie Mae Allen; brothers, Mr. Percy Cosby and a grandson, Mr. Marieo Goodloe.
She is survived Ms. by her four children: Mrs. Merita (Roland) Goodloe, Harvest, AL; Mr. Oval J. Ford (Town Creek, AL); and Mrs. Karen (Victor, Sr.) Stewart, Decatur, AL.; one son Mr. Montoya Jackson, Decatur, AL., seven grandchildren, Mr. Shundrell (Tanya) White, Mr. Nathaniel (Sharon) Steward, Ms. Angel Mayes, Ms. Brittany Bonner, Mr. Joctavious Kelley, Mr. Victor Steward, Jr., and Ms. Khadijah Stewart; seventeen great-grandchildren; one sister Ms. Dorothy Ford of Leighton, AL; a special niece Ms. Josephine Hawkins of Charleston, SC; her exceptional caregivers, Ms. Mae Edwards, Ms. Melissa Moore, Kayla Orr and Columbus Lewis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.