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92_SR0463 LRB9217322BHbh 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Senate are saddened to learn 3 of the death of Jasper Ford who passed away June 30, 2002; 4 and 5 WHEREAS, Mr. Ford was the last child born of eleven 6 children on April 20, 1911, to Shephard Ford and Mattie 7 Walker in McCraven Hill, Mississippi; he received his formal 8 education and was baptized at an early age in McCraven; and 9 WHEREAS, Mr. Ford married Lona Mae Martin in Greenwood, 10 Mississippi, in his younger years and remained a caring and 11 dedicated husband; and 12 WHEREAS, Mr. Ford was a faithful member of Tabernacle 13 M.B. Church for over fifty years under the pastorate of 14 Reverend Dr. Louis Rawls; his passion was Sunday School, and 15 he was an avid Bible scholar; not only was Mr. Ford a Sunday 16 School teacher at Tabernacle, but he also shared his 17 Christian knowledge with others as a guest lecturer at other 18 church schools; he was a power house of wisdom; and 19 WHEREAS, Affectionately referred to as "Papa" by his 20 family and close friends, Mr. Ford will be deeply missed by 21 all those who knew him and loved him, especially his devoted 22 wife, Lona; his two daughters, Earnestine Ford and Bernice 23 (Walter) Singleton; his mother-in-law, Rosie Martin; his two 24 sisters-in-law, Betty (August) Anderson and Charity Dewitt; 25 his two brothers-in-law, attorney Bennie Martin and George 26 Johnson; his daughter-in-law, Laverne McDonald; his five 27 grandchildren, Alene Caldwell, Guy McDonald III, Shawna 28 Harrington, Brock Singleton, and Latasha McDonald; his 29 special care givers for whom he was quite fond, including 30 Latasha McDonald, Debra McGeachy and Brenda Covington; and a 31 host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other 32 relatives and friends, including Beatrice Brody; therefore, -2- LRB9217322BHbh 1 be it 2 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL 3 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with 4 his family and friends, the passing of Jasper Ford; and be it 5 further 6 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 7 presented to the family of Jasper Ford with our sincere 8 condolences.
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