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 Author: Bruce Merritt H. Ford Posted Date: September 4, 2017
(January 13, 1944 - September 3, 2017)

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Obituary Picture     Merritt Howard Ford, age 73, of Newland, passed away Sunday morning in Banner Elk. He was a native of Watauga County.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Allen and Mary Helen Young Ford, brothers Allen and Max Ford, sisters Doris Norris, Sudie Lunsford, Glannie Lunsford and Bertha Jestes, and 2 infants.
    He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christine Rupard Ford, three sons, Tim Ford and wife Kelley of Winston Salem, and their children, Heather, Brittany and granddaughter, Audrey Landis, Chuck Ford and wife Natalie of Wilkesboro, and their children, Sam and wife Lindsay, Chase and Cameron, Tracy Ford and wife Suheyla of Charleston, S.C and their children, Aliyah, Sabastian and Kaleb. He is also survived by seven sisters, Mavis Story of Lenoir, Christine Moretz of Lenoir, Marie Jones of Boone, Charlotte Isaacs of Lenoir, Mariam Pitts of Morganton, Sally Taylor of Foscoe and Sylvia Burns of Boone. One brother Ed Ford of Lenoir.
    A Celebration of Life service for Merritt Ford will be conducted Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock. The family will receive friends prior to the service from noon until 1:30 at the church.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Ford family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ford family.

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