Floyd Haskell Ford was born May 13, 1937 to the late Eddie H. Ford and Dora E. Breedlove Ford in Washington County, Texas. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Beulah Baptist Church, also in Washington County. His family later moved to Memphis, TN., where Floyd and his siblings were raised. Floyd graduated from Melrose High School in 1955.
As a young teen, Floyd held several jobs to help support his family, especially his siblings.
In 1956 he joined the United States Air Force in Lubbock, TX. where he trained as an Air Traffic Controller. But due to racial segregation, he wasn't allowed to work in that capacity, even though it was his desired field. He was later stationed in Okinawa Japan as a radio operator.
Before completing his service duties, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Waters in San Francisco, CA. When he completed his military service he returned to San Francisco to join his wife. To this union, two children were born, Daryl Glen and Darbie Lynne.
Floyd worked very hard to support his family. He was employed by General Motors in Oakland, CA. and later in Fremont, CA. While working in Fremont, he was promoted to be the first black line supervisor on the assembly line. Afterward, he was employed by Greyhound Bus Lines as a driver and PG&E as a janitorial worker. Floyd worked both jobs simultaneously to fulfill the needs of his family, Floyd's final job was for MVP transportation. He retired in 2020 at the age of 81 when his health no longer allowed him to continue working.
Floyd was a man of compassion and quiet strength. He was kind hearted and generous to all he met. His strong work ethic and many years of hard work not only allowed him to provide for his immediate family, but his generosity also included extended family and friends.
His constant companion and loving caregiver, Ms. Guadalupe Casco, was a great joy to him, as well as her sister, Rosario Huerta who loved and cared for him until his death. Their devotion to him was greatly appreciated by his entire family.
Floyd departed this life on February 27, 2022. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara G. Ford on September 23, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his sisters; Bertha Beatrice Trotter and Eddie Dale Manns.
He leaves to cherish his precious memory: Son Daryl G. Ford (Eunice), of Stockton, CA, his daughter Darbie L. Ford of Oakland, CA, his brother Ray P. Ford (Gladys), of San Ramon, CA., his brother-in-law, James H. Manns Jr., of Cleveland, OH., and his godson James Martin Barbosa of Oakland, CA., and his loving companion, Ms. Guadalupe Casco of San Francisco, CA. as well as a host of nieces, nephews and dear family friends that share loving memories of him.
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