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March 25, 2014

Ford Smith

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The Daily Star

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EDMESTON — Ford Smith, 82, of Edmeston, took the Lord’s hand early Sunday morning, March 23, 2014, and entered into the Heavenly Kingdom.

He was born March 6, 1932, in Franklin, the son of Ernest and Fannie (Beach) Smith.

He married Betty J. Taylor Sept.19, 1964. She predeceased him on Aug. 25, 2010.

Born and raised in Franklin, he graduated from Franklin High and Delhi Tech. Ford came to Edmeston as part of the building team constructing the elementary wing at Edmeston Central School. He never left.

Ford was a loyal and devoted husband to his wife, Betty. He was introduced to her on a blind date. On a personal note, he loved fishing, cutting wood, his garden, attending Oneonta Yankees games, county fairs in Walton, Morris and Norwich; and was a true fan of the New York Giants and the ‘Cuse.

In way ways Ford was the epiphany of old school. He was proud of his career as an artificial inseminator to area farmers of Edmeston, Burlington, West Edmeston, Brookfield, Leonardsville and Columbus for more than 40 years.

He was proud of answering the call to serve in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict and was a hero.

He was proud of his family, loving, caring and nurturing them throughout his life; grateful for the joy they provided to him.

He is survived by his sons, Jim and Gloria Smith, Jeff and Laura Smith; grandchildren, Maddy Smith, Colby Smith, Amanda and Jason Burgher, Shelby McLean and James Baldwin; great-grandchildren, Jacob Burgher and Lyndon Baldwin; siblings Donald and Janice Smith, Cecil and Sue Smith; in-laws Mary Miller, Robert Taylor and Dennis Taylor; and his special companion over the past eight years, ‘Buddy,’ his dog.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday March 28, at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home Edmeston.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday March 29, at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston with Pastor Ray Merritt officiating, with a calling hour one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the spring in Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Ford’s memory to the Second Baptist Church, Edmeston or the American Legion Post No. 1311.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston and online condolences to the family may be left at www.hjtfuneralhome.com.