Mr. Matthew James Ford, 26, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 in Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Provence officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 and 9-10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Waller Funeral Home.
Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Matthew was a graduate student at Mississippi State University working on his Masters of Science Degree in Counselor Education with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling. He had completed a degree of Bachelors of Science College of Arts and Sciences at MSU in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Special Education, Educational Psychology, and Sociology.
While a student, Matthew served as Treasurer of the United Students in 2007, Treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind and President of the National Federation of the Blind 2012. He earned 14 certificates from the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Ill., received Scholarships from the National Federation of the Blind of Mississippi and National Federation of the Blind E.U. Parker Fund, was on the Dean’s List in 2008 and participated in fund raisers for the American Cancer Society.
Matthew was a member of the Mississippi Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota, National Federation of the Blind, United Student Organization and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.
He was formerly a member of South Lamar Baptist Church in Oxford and a current member of Adapton Baptist Church in Starkville. As a recipient of the “Make A Wish” Foundation, Matthew was interviewed by Al Roker on March 8, 1999 on the Today show where he made a nationwide announcement that he had cancer.
He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Ford of Oxford; and his grandparents, Henry and Margaret Ford of Janelew, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Alan Ford; grandparents, Graham and Ethel Ellis; and aunt, Jeanette Harvey.
Memorial contributions in Matthew’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801 or the Youth Fund at South Lamar Baptist Church, 2885 S Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
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