Gary W. Ford

Gary W. Ford, 45, of Hartford, Ark., died Friday, July 6, 2012, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born Sept. 17, 1966, in Fort Smith. He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne Ford. Gary was a member of a home fellowship, a member and president of the Hartford School Board, a member of the Hartford Athletic Booster Club, a lifelong volunteer in the Hartford School’s athletic program and an Eagle Scout.Survivors include his wife, Sharon D. (Martin) Ford; a son, Garett, and a daughter, Lauren Ford, all of the home; his mother, Patty Thornburg and husband, Vernie, of Spiro; a sister, Melissa Shackelford and husband, Cody, and nephew, Skye, of Fort Smith; his mother-in-law, Louise Killion; sister-in-law and her husband, Dedee and Chad Tolbert and their children, Taylor and Dunken and a number of loved ones and friends.A Celebration of Life memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012 in the Hartford School Gymnasium. Casual dress is encouraged. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Gary W. Ford Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 441, Hartford, Ark. 72938 or to the Hartford Schools’ athletic program.Please visit to place an online condolence.