Mark Ford

Born on December 8, 1955

Departed on September 7, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Mark Ford- Age 62, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Ford; children, Adam Ford and Andrea (Kevin) Walls; grandchildren, Luke, Brady and Caroline; his sister, Karen Ford.

Mark Ford was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky.  He made his way to Nashville in 1974 while attending Lipscomb University.  After graduating from Lipscomb, Mark returned to Paducah for his job with a local television station.  Mark returned to Nashville and began his more than 30 year career with the Nashville NBC affiliate, and his love affair with the television industry.  With his warm smile, friendly and outgoing personality, Mark had a large network of friends and acquaintances.  His closest friends often joked about the seven degrees of Mark Ford (a reference to the six degrees of Kevin Bacon) because you couldn’t go anywhere with Mark in Nashville without running into someone he knew.


Mark is known around Nashville for his work at WSMV News Channel 4, his involvement with running the telecast of local high school football games, but his 2nd career love arrived in 1998 with the Nashville Predator organization directing all the visual technical aspects of the jumbotron inside Bridgestone arena.  Mark loves the Nashville Predators and will be smiling when they bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to Nashville.  When Mark wasn’t running the jumbotron for the Predators, you could find him on the golf course, except during UK Basketball season.  Mark’s love of golf started as a child playing with his father in Paducah and continued through his battle with cancer.  His love of UK Basketball began at birth, as with most boys born in Kentucky!  Mark loved vacationing in the Destin, Florida area and could be found either on the beach, by the pool, on the golf course or enjoying McGuire’s Irish Pub or fresh gulf seafood, with oyster’s being his favorite.


Mark was kind, caring, giving, never met a stranger, always focused on the good in others, quick with a joke and a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed.  Mark you will live in each of us who had the pleasure of knowing you. Thank you for welcoming us into your life.  For those who were not family, Mark made you feel like family.  You will never be forgotten.  Rest in peace.  With all our love.  Your family and friends.


A Celebration of Mark’s life will be on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 11:00am, at Bellevue Church of Christ (7401 Hwy 70 S) with Darrell Blakenship and Marc Messier officiating. Interment will follow at Murray Memorial Gardens in Murray, KY.

Active pallbearers will be Marc Messier, Richard Haines, Steve Brooks, Blake Grant, Greg Hopkins, and Dennis Gregory.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Nashville Predators Game Night Staff.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 1:00pm until 6:00pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home on Charlotte, and on Monday from 10:00am until 11:00am, at Bellevue Church of Christ.


9 Comments to Mr. Mark Ford

  1. Donna Sexton
    September 7, 2018 4:45 pm

    You pulled for Big Blue, I pulled for Big Orange. You were my go to for all things hockey. I’ll never forget your love for Starbucks Hot Chocolate and your lunch trips to Fat Mo’s. I’m so proud to call you my friend for 22 years. A true friend who loved the Lord and family. God speed Mark. Until we meet again. Wear your blue, I’ll have on orange!

  2. Melinda Haywood
    September 7, 2018 9:05 pm

    To my dear friend Karen, I grieve with you in the loss of Mark. You and your family have always been like a second family to me. The relationship of a brother and sister is a very special one. Even though you may not always agree you always have that special bond of family and faith. We know that Mark loved our Lord and had full assurance of his promises. I want you to know that I will have you all in my prayers and anything you need I will be here for you. I love you.

  3. Vanessa Miller Matlock
    September 8, 2018 7:57 am

    Ethel I will also remember the fun times at our 40th class reunion. My prayers are with you.

  4. Peg Haley Ward
    September 8, 2018 11:20 am

    I was sitting with my daughter last night, and you suddenly came to mind. Strong enough that I started to say something to her about it, but I chose to let the moment pass. Maybe that was you saying your goodbyes.
    I’m going to miss your humor during football season. We were certainly comrades in misery over the Titans and Texans.
    I will pray for your family for comfort. You will be missed by all those who knew you, but I’m happy you’re at peace, and your body is healed.

  5. Amber Holley
    September 8, 2018 9:19 pm

    Hi sweet Mark. I’m so sad about your passing. You made such an impression upon me, were so kind and dear. God bless you.

  6. TD
    September 9, 2018 10:40 am

    Our family sends condolences for your family loss.
    “True, death brings sorrow and tears, and it is hard to adjust to the absence of a loved one. But what comfort and strength we gain from the assurance that the Sovereign Lord Jehovah “will actually swallow up death forever, and . . . will certainly wipe the tears from all faces”! (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4) Can help you with questions about death and more.

  7. Emily Dicks
    September 9, 2018 5:01 pm

    So sad to hear about Mark’s passing. He will be greatly missed. UK fans have to stick together against all the orange! Would have loved to see his reaction to UK’s win against Florida after 31 years. I know he was cheering from Heaven!

  8. Ed McDaniel
    September 10, 2018 10:20 pm

    Mark will be missed! Remembering our Bobbie’s Dairy Dip ice cream runs. I could always go to Mark for an uplifting laugh. I’m glad we were work mates and friends for over 24 years. Will see you again in the Lord’s time. Ethel, praying for that inner peace for you and your family that only God can give.
    Blessed are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
    Matthew 5:4 (KJV)

  9. Patricia Habacker
    September 12, 2018 8:25 am

    So sorry.
    Our sympathy.
    Lynn and Patricia Habacker

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