Richard Lee Ford, 75, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2022, at his home.
He was born March 29, 1947, in Knoxville, the son of Raymond Doyle Ford and Margaret Ann Kirkland Ford.
He was a pastor for many years at several congregations. He also founded Volunteer Christian Academy, in 1973, in Sparta.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Ford, of Sparta; sons, Andy Ford, of Sparta, Adam Ford (Candice), of Sparta; daughter, Becky Smith (Calvin), of Columbus, Georgia; grandchildren, Brandon Shockley, Austin Ford, Alex Ford, Abigail Ford, Hunter Nolan, Tanner Nolan, Bradley Smith, Lena Smith, Alexa Smith; several great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Ford (May), of Sparta; and sisters, Janice Fowler, of Knoxville, and Linda Huskey, of Knoxville.
A memorial service was 1 p.m., Aug. 13, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church, in Sparta. Laurel Grimes officiated.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.