Lawyer and Civic Leader
|Born:||March 12, 1916, Alabama|
|Died:||October 15, 1986, Madison County, Alabama|
|Buried:||Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama|
• List of accomplishments and affiliations listed in Record's book:
President, Rotary Club, 1960-61
President, Chamber of Commerce, 1948-9
President, Acme Club, 1948-9
President, Mental Health Board, 1968-present
County Board of Education Attorney
Huntsville Hospital Attorney
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
American College of Trial Lawyers. - Record, Vol. 2
• Madison County attorney from 1967 until after this book was published. - Record, Vol 1
• President, Alabama Mental Health Association, 1969. - Record, Vol 1
• Member of the Huntsville Bar Association. - Taylor
• List of Activities at the University of Alabama during his sophomore year in 1937: PI KAPPA ALPHA; R.A.T.; Corolla; Assistant Cheerleader; Alabama Quadrangle; Philomatic; Varsity Debating Team. - Ancestry.com
• Ralph Ford
"Huntsville attorney and community leader Ralph Hunter Ford died Thursday at his home at the age of 70 after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Ford, of 209 Marsheuts Ave. SE, was a partner In the firm of Ford, Caldwell, Ford and Payne, was the longtime Madison County attorney, and represented numerous Huntsville and Madison County agencies in his law practice.
The funeral was held today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry Sisson officiating. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery with Laughlin Service Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Ford served as president of the Huntsville-Madison County Mental Health Board at its inception, from 1968-70, and then as a board member from 1969-1975 He is considered to have been instrumental in the completion of the present Mental Health Center.
Mr. Ford was the attorney for the Madison County Commission for 10 years, from 1967-77, for the Huntsville Hospital Authority for more than 20 years and for the county school board for 22 years.
Mr. Ford also served as president of the Huntsville Rotary Club, the Acme Club, the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association.
Mr. Ford received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama in 1939 and his law degree from the UA Law School in 1941. While at Alabama, he was a cheerleader, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary society and the "A" Club.
As an attorney, Mr. Ford was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers; a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Appellate Practice from 1974-86.
Mr. Ford is survived by his wife. Celeste Scoggins Ford; three sons, John B. Ford of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Robert H. Ford of Huntsville. and Greg Jackson of South Carolina; one daughter, Susan Ford Echols oi Huntsville; his mother, Mrs. Ruth S. Ford of Huntsville; two brothers, Earle R. Ford of Huntsville and Frank H. Ford of Largo, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Laura F. Baxter of Huntsville; and nine grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Department of Oncology and Radiation at Huntsville Hospital." - The Huntsville TimesRelated Links:
• Ancestry.com - Yearbook for University of Alabama (Sophomore in 1937), the page can be viewed only through an Ancestry.com paid subscription. (Originally found at http://search.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=1265&iid=40392_B065533-00130&fn=Ralph+Hunter&ln=Ford&st=r&ssrc=&pid=235859090.)
• Easterling - 75 Years of Service: A History of The Huntsville Rotary Club, by Bill Easterling, 1992, page 83.
• Find A Grave - Page created by Bobbie Christian and maintained by Gene Hill
• Record, Vol 1 - A Dream Come True: The Story of Madison County and Incidentally of Alabama and the United States, Volume I, by James Record, 1970, pages 245, 260, 342.
• Record, Vol. 2 - A Dream Come True: The Story of Madison County and Incidentally of Alabama and the United States, Volume II, by James Record, 1978, page 672.
• Taylor - Commemorative Album, Celebrating our City's Sesquicentennial of Progress, Huntsville, Alabama, by James E. Taylor, General Chairman, 1955, pages 217, 227.
• Taylor - Commemorative Album, Celebrating Our City's Sesquicentennial of Progress, Huntsville, Alabama, by James E. Taylor, General Chairman, 1955, page 217, 227, 351, 352.
• The Huntsville Times - The Huntsville Times Obituary Saturday, October 18, 1986.
The Following Pages Link to this Page:
• Earle Raymond Ford, Sr.
• Record, Vol 1
• Record, Vol. 2
• Ruth Carol Sykes Ford