Rickey Alan Ford, 56, of Heavener died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Muskogee. Rick was born Aug. 12, 1956, in Poteau to Eual John and Patsy Ruth (Tucker) Ford. He and Betty Mead were married Feb. 23, 1979. He was deputy warden at Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center since 2010. JEHCC is a minimum security facility with more than 700 offenders. He was overseer of the daily operations.
Rick began his career with the department in 1983 as a correctional officer; he was promoted to correctional counselor in 1987; administrative officer in 1990; correctional case manager supervisor in 1994; in 1997 was named assistant training administrator at the Center for Correctional Officer Studies in Wilburton; transferred to JEHCC in July 2001 to assume the position of unit manager, serving until he was named deputy warden.
Rick was a member of the American Correctional Association, Southern States Correctional Association and member and former president of Oklahoma Correctional Association. He was active in the community — former chairman of the board, vice-chairman and secretary of Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma; former board member and past chairman of the board for Heavener Chamber of Commerce as well as serving as president and vice president; former advisory board member of Mid-America Bible College; member of Heavener Lodge No. 154 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Bedouin Shriners AAONMS of Muskogee
Rick completed Management III, Executive Level for Administration of Jails. He held an associate of arts business administration degree from Carl Albert State College, Poteau; bachelor of science in business administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; and completed Leadership LeFlore County in 2010.
Rick was preceded in death by his sister, Lori Bullard; grandparents, Roy and Anna Ford, Alta Mae and Narvel Tucker; brother-in-law, Mike Mead; nephews, Patrick and Spencer Lynch; father-in-law, N.R. “Jelly” Mead.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of the home; son and daughter-in-law, John and Natalie Ford; daughter and son-in-law, Jenna and Joe Wiles all of Poteau; five grandchildren, Connor May, Kaylee May, Dylan, Jacob and Dawson Wiles; parents, Eual and Pat Ford of Wister; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanne and James Lynch of Poteau, June Warren of Lakeland, Fla., Patricia Deville, Phyllis and Jimmy Goodnight all of Wister; brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Sheryl Ford of Wister; special mother-in-law, Betty Mead of Heavener; brothers-in-law, Bobby Mead, Roger Mead, Gary Mead of Heavener, and Glenn Mead of Purcell; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and many friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, at First Baptist Church, Heavener, with the Rev. Sam Dyer officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau. Pallbearers will be Donnie Mead, Roger Mead, Bobby Mead, Joe Hemphill, Jackie Linville and Jon Pickel. Honorary pallbearer will be Lester Ford.
Donations may be made to the Rick Ford Cancer Fund at Central National Bank, Poteau.
You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
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