James J. `Skip' Ford, 67, Howard correctional officer

November 17, 2005

James J. "Skip" Ford, a retired correctional officer who operated a Westview real estate business, died of cancer Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Randallstown resident was 67.

Mr. Ford was born in Chester in Queen Anne's County and raised in West Baltimore. He was a 1957 graduate of Douglass High School and attended what is now Morgan State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Sojourner-Douglass College in 1995.

Mr. Ford had been an adult education instructor for Baltimore public schools, a postal worker and an Esskay salesman before becoming a Howard County correctional officer in 1979. He retired in 2001.

Mr. Ford also had managed the Day Village townhouse community in Turners Station, earned a real estate license and worked for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn. He later established his own firm, Stockbridge Realty in Westview.

An active member of Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Randallstown, he served on its stewardship board and scholarship committee, and was co-chairman of the church's annual Men's Day program. He was also an adult Sunday school facilitator and served as a member of the fitness, senior outreach and transportation ministries.

He was a member of the Hopewell Cancer Support Group and was featured in a supportive video for people with cancer.

He was an accomplished gourmet cook, enjoyed sports, and liked to travel.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Union Bethel, 8615 Church Lane.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, the former Delores Martin; a daughter, Lori Patrice Ford Hines of Owings Mills; two brothers, Cornelius Ford of Allentown, Pa., and Calvin Parnham of Richmond, Va.; and a grandson.

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