YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Joseph W. Ford, Sr., 88 Yougstown, departed this life on Thursday, July 14, 2022 surrounded by his family. 

Mr. Ford was born on July 15, 1933, a son of Mose and Martha Byrd Ford.

Joseph served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1961 and served time in the United States Army. He served overseas for three years in Germany, France, England and Holland Luxemburg.

He retired from Youngstown Sheet & Tube.

He belonged to Black America Outdoors and Peoples Outdoors.

He was an avid angler from Youngstown to Canada, Germany, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina and Florida (Key West) to the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, Dry Tortuga and Fort Jefferson. He enjoyed track and football and he played in England and France in 1954. He was also a diehard Browns fan! 

He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Carolyn Ford, Angela (Andre) Martin and Roslyn Helms and sons, Joseph (Joann) W. Ford, Jr. and Ronnie Helms. He reared Monique Ford and Onaje Ford and a special stepson, John Helms. He also leaves his grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard McKinley and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jacqueline Ford; stepdaughter, Joanne; stepson, Robert, sisters and brothers. 

Funeral will be Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Nevel’s Temple COGIC. Friends may call from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Please follow CDC protocol by wearing your mask over your mouth and nose when entering the church. Thank you in advance.

F. D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home was given the honor to serve the family in their bereavement hour.

A television tribute will air Thursday, July 21 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.