HARTFORD — Larry Irvin Ford, 76, passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2021, at his home surrounded by family and friends.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years, Sharon (Carver) Ford; and the three boys he raised: son, Larry Scott (Donna) Ford, of Hartford; stepson, Mark (Amy) Sullo, of Washington, D.C.; and grandson, Ian Hulette, of Hartford. He is additionally survived by stepson, Steven (Tony) Hulette, of Scottsville, Ky.; grandchildren, Ethan, Dylan and Denton Payton, all of Hartford, and Madeline and Andrew Sullo, of Washington, D.C.; brothers, Jerry and Jeffrey Ford, of Grayson County, sister-in-law, Rita Beach, of Scottsville; and special cousin, Ann (Herschel) Horn Owensboro. He had so many close friends that his wife recently commented that Larry was just like George Baily from “It’s A Wonderful Life” — he was the richest man in town because of his friends.
Larry was born in Jefferson County, Ky., on Dec. 7, 1944, the son of Irvin and Ramona (Stinson) Ford. His family moved to Cave Creek in Grayson County soon after his birth. Larry was orphaned at the age of 14 and became the ward of his uncle and aunt, Ralph and Mary Stinson, of Daviess County. He was a 50-year resident of Ohio County.
After graduating from Daviess County High School in 1965, he joined the United States Air Force, serving three years as security policeman attached to the Special Air Warfare Center (the pre-cursor to USAF’s current Special Operations Command) in the Philippines and Florida, before returning to Kentucky where he spent long careers as both a tobacco and cattle farmer and miner with Peabody Coal. He worked for Department of Juvenile Justice at the Green River Boys Camp for the final eight years of his public work life.
However, it was Larry’s lifelong passion and talent for preserving, restoring
He became a Christian and was baptized at an early age. He served as Sunday School superintendent at his rural church while still in his teens. He had a deep faith and relationship with the Lord. A very modest man, he was a shining example of Christianity, loving his fellow man and working behind the scenes to do good works.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be posted to https://m.facebook.com/groups/1562853220564521?group_view_referrer=search, as a delayed memorial and tribute to Larry’s life in the form of a classic car cruise-in will be held later in the year.
Donations may be made to Ohio County Hospice, 1211 Main Street, Hartford, KY 42347, or Ohio County Veterans Honor Guard, P.O. Box 134, Hartford, KY 42347, in honor of Larry Ford.
Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is in charge of arrangements.