Funeral arrangements set for former Tallahassee Mayor James Ford

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 12, 2017

James Ford (Photo: Archives of Florida)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Funeral arrangements have been made for former Tallahassee Mayor James R. Ford.

Ford passed away on Wednesday at the age 91.

Ford's pastor, Reverend R.B. Holmes, says a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 224 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Tallahassee.

Ford became Tallahassee's first African-American mayor in 1972, and the first African-American mayor of any U.S. state capitol city.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum released a statement on Wednesday after hearing the news:

"Today, this community lost one of its most beloved leaders. As the first African-American Mayor of Tallahassee, Mayor Ford's service blazed a trail for others like myself to follow, and his legacy will be celebrated as a true visionary and a fierce proponent for this city. Our hearts go out to Clinita and the entire Ford family during this difficult time. Tallahassee is with you."

Ford was not only a politician, but also a veteran, a community activist, and a graduate of Florida A&M University.

On Friday, the Governor's Office announced all flags in front of City Hall will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, Oct. 16 to honor Ford.