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Gregory Tyrone Ford was born November 27, 1963 to Thomas Edwards and Mary Ann Ford in Chicago, IL. He departed this life on July 19, 2021 in Bolton, MS. Greg graduated from Carver Area High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1981. While in high school, he began working at the McCormick Place Convention Center near downtown Chicago and continued working there for many years after high school. He enjoyed doing home repairs and you could always depend on him to lend a helping hand whenever he was around. Greg loved people and had a kind heart which eventually led him to working for the State of Illinois as a caregiver to disabled adults before relocating to Bolton, MS.
Greg had a quiet and mild demeanor but loved hanging out having a good time with family and friends. Greg’s nickname growing up was “Kahoop” because he was a beast of a basketball player! He was a prolific shot blocker and rebounder, and it did not matter the height of his opponent. When he and his best friend, Mario Dougherty, teamed up, they were a force to reckon with on the court and took down many. Through the years, Greg enjoyed bike riding, listening to music, watching Kung Fu movies, game shows- especially Jeopardy, running errands for his mom and pitching pennies back in the day.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Mason; brother, Daryl Mason; grandfather, Samuel Ford; grandmother, Estella Brown-Ford; two aunts, Maggie Jean Wright and Ernestine Ford. He leaves behind a beautiful daughter, Tamaira Ford and one grandson, Rashaad of Chicago Heights, IL; a loving father and step-mother, Thomas and Juanita Edwards of Bolton, MS; eight brothers, Stanley Cavitt of Bolton, MS; Reginald Mason of Crest Hill, IL; Timothy (Darlene) Edwards of Detroit, MI; Gerald (Sandra) Edwards and Harold (Arlene) Edwards of Kansas City, MO; Kijan (Patricia) Edwards and James (Sonja) McMullen of Phoenix, AZ; Torrence Copeland of Holland, MI; one sister, Samantha Mason of Grand Rapids, MI; five uncles, James (Bertha) Gillespie of Detroit MI; Samuel Ford Jr. and Dwayne Ford of Calumet City, IL; Aaron Coleman of Davenport, IA and Jerry (Sylvia) Coleman of Park Forest, IL; eight aunts, Carolyn (Hubbard) Knight and Francie Bass of Jackson, MS; Tonia Mason and Linda (J.T.) Branch of Youngtown, OH; Vivian (Robert) Cotton of Bolton, MS; Lashown Ford of Chicago, IL; Jennetta (Daniel) Ford-Barker of Hazel Crest, IL; Angelique Ford of Peoria, AZ; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, best friend, (Mario Dougherty), other relatives and friends who loved him dearly.
Friday, July 23, 2021
1:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Smith Mortuary Chapel
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Starts at 11:00am (Central time)
Mt. Olive M. B. Church
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