John Hoyt Ford, age 80, of Dacula, Georgia passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2011. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Ann Reagin Ford, and parents, Cosby & Bessie Ford. He is survived by his wife of nearly fifty years, Sandra Cook Ford; children, Dixianne Parker, Lisa & Steve Bullard, and Linda Ford; grandchildren, Hannah & Seth Bullard; brothers, Daniel & Jean Ford, Jimmy & Gloria Ford; brothers-in-law, Bobby & Nita Gresham, Gene & Martha Reagin, Richard & Margie Reagin; mother-in-law, Gladys M. Cook; sister-in-law, Barbara Cook Watson; numerous nieces & nephews. John worked for Sloan Paper Company for 43 years. He was a combat veteran in the Korean Conflict and served on the destroyer, USS Herbert J. Thomas. John was active as a member and deacon at Lithonia First Baptist Church and was a current and faithful member of North Metro First Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Dr. Frank Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Metro First Baptist Church, 1026 Old Peachtree Rd, NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 or a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends Friday, December 2, from 2:00-4:00 pm and from 6:00-8:00 pm at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Hello Lisa and Linda,

    I have been in prayer for your family yesterday and today. I am so sorry to here about your Dad. I know he has had his ups and downs. You of all people know that is his not suffering any longer.

    I Love you and your family.
    Vicki Sorrells

  2. Cookie & Family, I was so sorry to hear of John’s death. Please know my thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.


  4. Praying for comfort and peace during this time. My heart breaks for you. I know how you feel, Dixie. I miss my Dad very much!

  5. Cookie, love and prayers for you and all the family at this time. We rejoice to know that this separation, although hard, will be temporary – all because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We grieve, but not as others who do not have this assurance.

  6. I had the privilege of working with John at Sloan Paper Co. John was a very good friend and fellow employee. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. Jimmy and Dianne Howard

  7. Hi Cookie,
    We are so sad to know that John is gone from our lives. He was a good friend and we will miss him terribly.
    We send our love to you and your family.
    Rocky and Rob

  8. I had the priviledge of working with John many years ago at Sloan Paper. He was always the perfect “Southern gentleman” and beloved by those he touched.
    My condolences to John’s family and friends.

  9. Dear Ford Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Daddy Ford’s passing. There are no words that will make this time easy for you, if there were I would say them. Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers, we mourn with you and stand ready to do whatever we can to make the next few months a bit easier to bear. Daddy Ford was the sweetest, dearest man, he loved you all so very much. I know that he is watching over you still and his love for you goes on. We love you all as well. God bless you.
    Much love, The Koehler Family Keith, Zosia Kate,Alex and Greg

  10. john , you were a great friend! thank’s for teaching me so much about the paper was a pleasure too work with you at sloan paper and unisource . god bless COOKIE and all of your family my friend.

  11. A thoughtful and kind person to work with !
    John was a loyal supporter,professional and dedicated to his company,customers and suppliers.
    Many fond memories of John and those wonderful years past when hard work and support were key to the success of any relationship.

  12. I am truly sorry to here about your lost because jOHN made my working at sloan a joy to be hold. I even refered to him at times as “Dad”. I am out of town and sorry I can’t be there but, although I haven’t seen John in awhile each and time I see a Delta plane take off I will know that there’s flying into to clouds to be near MY FRIEND.

  13. Cookie, John was a good friend that helped me learn the Paper Business. I will never forget the great times we had together. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family.

  14. John was the kind of fellow that always made you feel good when you were around him. As a young man coming up, he taught me not just about sales but about people. I will always remember him and I shall miss him.

  15. So sorry I can’t be with you at this sad time. John was a special fellow – happy to have him as my cousin. Much love to all the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. LaRue

  16. Cookie, I will never forget all the good times I had with John during the 27 years I was with him at Sloan , he was a true friend. We will always remember the Porta Potty. You and your family will be in my Prayers , all the way from Nevada

  17. John and Cookie were always so very sweet to me and treated me like one of their own children. They both will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m so sorry that Lisa, Cookie, Linda, Dixie and the rest of the family have suffered this loss, but I’m so happy that you had him in your lives for such a long time. John was a good and wonderful man who I was honored to have known.

  18. May your wonderful memories help you to ease the pain that you are feeling.
    You and your family will be in our prayers.

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