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Mr. Anthony Lindsey Ford, 70, of Albany, Georgia departed this life on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at his residence in Albany, Georgia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:00 A.M. at Bethel A.M.E Church parking lot, 217 South Washington Street, Albany, Georgia. Committal services will follow in the McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens, 3945 North Valdosta Road, Valdosta, Georgia. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the guestbook or send condolences to the family by visiting Meadows’ website at www.meadowsofalbany.com 

Anthony Lindsey Ford was born on February 2, 1950 to Frank Ford, Jr. and Odessa Nicholson Ford (both deceased) in Tallahassee, Florida.

As a military child, his early education included Albany, Georgia, Rio, Texas, Okinawa, Japan and Middle Town Area High School, where he graduated high school as an Eagle Scout.

From there he began his college career at Orange Town Community College and later ascertained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater from Valdosta State University. Anthony, who was lovingly known as Tony, served at Air Force Base from 1970-1974.

During this time he met and wedded his beloved wife of 48 years, Gloria Evans. At the close of his military career. He continued his educational path, attending the University of South Carolina where he earned his Masters Degree in Theater.

Upon completion, Tony and his young family moved to the beautiful caribbean island of St. Croix of The United States Virgin Islands, where he lived for 7 years. His passionate career path began as an Art Teacher on St. Croix which led him back to his undying love for the theater. As Stage Manager of the Island’s Center Ampere Theater, he developed a group of youth performers called the Island Players.

Upon returning to the Continent of the United States he integrated and implemented the innovative idea and creation of the EdZoocation program at Chehaw Park in Albany, Georgia. Later an opportunity arose that allowed him to grow and return to the theater where he became Manager of the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia. He was instrumental in introducing Arena Football to the Columbus area as well as an array of entertainment groups including Disney on Ice, Sesame Street and a host of other performing artists.

Concerns for his mother’s declining health led him back to Albany, Georgia at which time he became the Public Relations Director at the Albany Civic Center. He was instrumental again, in the introduction of Arena Football along with a variety of other family oriented entertainment. While working in the entertainment field he recognized the need to introduce our upcoming youth into the Art of Theater. This idea gave birth to the “Overall Players” and musical group “Blue Harmony”, this was a group of young performers from Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts. The two groups traveled regionally performing at schools, churches and other civic groups.

After retirement in June 2018, Tony aspired to perform in a storytelling duo with his wife Gloria as “Papa & Gigi”. Due to an unexpected decline in his health this dream was deferred.

He leaves behind to mourn his death and cherish his memories; his loving and adoring wife Gloria Evans- Ford; his daughter Adrienne Samanda Ford-Myers and her husband Daron Cedric Myers; his brother Frank  Ford III. Two granddaughters; Oliva and Regan Myers; Nephew Frank Ford IV, Godparents; Julius and Pleasant Mae Fisher, One Godsister, Juliette Fisher-Jackson and the Ford and Nicholson families as well as a host of cousins and friends to mourn his passing.

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  • Friday, October 30, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Our prayers are with you all. Praying for comfort and peace to you.
    ~ Fred and Mary Jones   Albany, GA
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    As I write this today, my Facebook memories popped up that the drama students went on a trip to Dothan for competition. I can not express in words how much your family has done for me and my children since being in Albany, and sharing your passion and gifts with the community.
    ~ Elizabeth Jones and Family   Albany, GA
  • Saturday, November 7, 2020
    Promises from Jehovah God: Eliminate sickness, death, and comfort Isaiah 33:24 No resident will say: I am sick, and death will be no more. Rev 21:4 And he (Jehovah) will wipe out every tears from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning not outcry nor pain be anymore. Isaiah 51:12 I (Jehovah) myself am the one that is comforting you. I invite you to read the Watchtower No.2-2020 What will God's Kingdom accomplish at jw.org
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Tony will be missed. I know how much you loved him.
    ~ Wanda Jones   Fort Meade, MD
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020
    Mr. Ford you were the best advocate for Arts Education. I can remember the Overall Players performing Pete the Cat and serving as goodwill ambassadors for Radium Middle. You brought out the best in everyone. May you rest in the arms of Jesus. Peace and blessings to Gloria and the family.
    ~ Kimberly Knighton   Albany
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020
    I do not know where to begin or how to begin as I am faced with the passing of not only my Friend by my adopted Family Member as well. Mr. Ford took my under his wings and guided me to where I am today. I will forever be grateful for the fellowship and friendship we shared throughout the years. I love you Tony, Gloria and Soror Adrienne.
    ~ Teresa Snellings   Columbus, GA
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    So sorry to hear of your passing, you were a great customer and always so nice. I will miss you. John at Albany Floral.
    ~ john Morrow   Albany, GA