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Edmond J. Ford

Edmond J. Ford
  • January 28, 1918 - January 21, 2013
  • Corpus Christi, Texas

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Corpus Christi attorney, rancher, and oilman Edmond John Ford, Jr. passed away at home on Monday. He was 94. Ed was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on January 28, 1918 to Edmond John and Grace Daly Ford. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, where he excelled at track and field. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College, where he played football and later finished law school.

Mr. Ford was a captain in the Unites States Army, where he served from 1942 to 1945, training pilots and establishing flight instrument courses in Bryan and Lubbock. In 1942, he married Marie Roberta Welder (Bobbe) and after law school, they moved to Corpus Christi and enjoyed 69 years of marriage.

Mr. Ford was organizer of the Bank of Corpus Christi and chairman of IBC Bank. He served as president of the Corpus Christi Country Club, the Corpus Christi Town Club, and the Corpus Christi Pops Concert Association, and vice-president of the Corpus Christi Symphony Society. A member of the King's Men, he is remembered by the organization for his incredible toasts, and was selected to be King Alonso XXX in 1983. He was also a member of Friday's P.O.E.T.S.

In his leisure time, Ed golfed, played cards, and wagered on the dogs at the Greyhound Racetrack. He and Bobbe travelled the world, usually taking along a few of their grandchildren. He was well known for his unmatched generosity, high ethics, and devotion to his family. Through countless untold acts of support, he fostered the entrepreneurial spirit and helped those in need. He inspired all who knew him to higher achievement and often entertained friends and family with poems, quotes and songs recited from memory.

Ed is preceded in death by several close and esteemed friends. He is survived by his wife Bobbe, his daughters Helen Allen (R.C.) and Grace Powers (Jack), his grandchildren Lizzie Holmes, Janet Allen, Ford and Bea Allen, James Allen, Jack and Jettie Powers, Roberta and Trey Wallace, Kyle and Charles Cromwell, Edmond Powers, Willie and Catherine Powers, Tim and Julia Powers, and 12 great-grandchildren. His family is especially grateful to his longtime office manager Donna Elledge, and his caretakers Angie Torres, Lenae Fultz, and Mindy Castro.

The Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.