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Mr. Johnny Brown Ford, 80, was born in Eatonton, GA on December 24, 1941, to the parentage of the late Robert Peoples and Bernice Ford. Johnny departed this earthly plane on February 28, 2022 at Putnam General Hospital.
Johnny, affectionately known as “Mane” by those who knew and loved him, was educated in the Putnam County School System. A very hard worker, both during and after schooling, Johnny compiled an impressive work history and was employed in various positions spanning several fields throughout the course of his career. At different points in his life, Johnny held jobs doing some of everything; he was a farm worker and milked cows, he served as a custodian, he even worked in a factory. Last, but certainly not least, was Johnny’s favorite profession, which some would say was his true calling: working as a mechanic.
Industrious to his very core, Johnny found joy in doing work even during his free time—simple, relaxing things like yardwork, gardening, and (of course) fixing up cars. When he finally retired, it was from a job well-done at Putnam County Public Works, where Johnny had worked diligently for years as one of the go-to mechanics in the county shop.
Johnny was preceded in death by: two brothers, Bobby and Ralph (Doug) Lawson; and two sisters, Dorothy Lawson-Melton and Norma Lawson.
To cherish his memory, Johnny leaves his loving wife, Barbara (Humphries) Ford; two sons, Stanley Ford of Eatonton, GA and Kevin (Kamikah) Ford of Covington, GA; three daughters, Melinda (Thalrone) Williams of Fayetteville, GA, Tonya (Marcel) Battle of Eatonton, GA, Jonnie Dennis of McDonough, GA; five sisters, Beatrice (Joseph) Wiley of Teaneck, NJ, Patricia Sanford of Eutaw, AL, Elise Levester of Eatonton, GA, Dianne (Johnny) Collins of Augusta, GA, and Wanda E. Lawson of Eatonton, GA; one uncle, Hubert Ford of Lithonia, GA; one aunt, Shirley Ford Farley of Eatonton, GA; one sister-in-law, Rhuntte Howard of Mableton, GA; and ten grandchildren, Trevon, Stanesha, Amari, Justin, Kelvon, Kalin, Kayla, Kalia, Alivia, and Zavion. Johnny was also blessed with a plethora of nieces, nephews, as well as a host of other relatives and friends who will likewise hold his loving memory within their hearts forever.