[UPDATE] Murder in Jackson County

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 11-30

People in Jackson County are still shocked by Saturday night's violent murder of 62-year-old Vivian Ford in her Greenwood home. Ford's death has left a big hole in the lives of many people.

"This place will never be the same, never."

62-year-old Vivian Ford's desk remains untouched, pictures of her children and grandchildren adorn the side wall.

Outside the Jackson County School Board office, where Ford worked for 21-years, two black ribbons hang on the front doors in her memory.

Her death has sent shock waves throughout the Jackson County community.

"Ms. Ford is truly the first lady of the Jackson County School System."

Superintendent Lee Miller worked with Ford since 1997.

He says everyone is struggling with her sudden death.

"She was a beautiful woman, both inside and out, and she was so sweet and so nice and so caring that it just made her more beautiful."

Authorities say Ford was murdered inside her Greenwood home late Saturday afternoon.

Her husband, Larry, found her body as he returned from a hunting trip.

Investigators are still trying to understand the actions of the two suspects, 21-year-old John Lincoln and 38-year-old King Sherman.

"This homicide is a senseless act, there was no reason for it, if the burglary was the intent, there was no need to harm the homeowner, and they could have left."

Ford's co-workers are trying to understand too.

They describe her as the definition of a classy woman.

"She was the rock of our personnel department, any of us that needed anything, she was there, she loved her family, she loved us."

"I can truly tell you that from day one till the last day I saw her on that Tuesday before thanksgiving, she was always the same."

The Fords are well-known in the farming community where they won several awards including farm family of the year in 1976.

“Everyone loved Vivian; the peanut industry in general would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Ford family. We'll keep them in our prayers."

Friends and family say Vivian Ford was devoted to her Christian faith.

Many say the only comfort they have is knowing she's in a better place now.

School board employees held a memorial service this morning and shared their favorite memories of Vivian Ford.

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Jackson County, Florida --

Authorities are investigating the murder of a well-known Jackson County woman.

They say 62-year-old Vivian Ford was found dead inside her Greenwood home at around 6 o'clock on Saturday (11-27) night.

Sheriff's investigators and the mounted posse spent most of Sunday collecting evidence.

Sheriff Lou Roberts says one suspect has been charged with homicide while the other may be indirectly involved and has been charged with dealing in stolen property.

Vivian Ford and her family are well known in the area, especially in the farming community.

"This is a shock to all of us, I mean we all knew Ms. Ford very well, she's such a wonderful lady, this is a very close-knit community, a lot of people are relatives of each other and it's just very difficult for us to really just deal with this," Sheriff Lou Roberts says.

Vivian Ford was the Secretary for the Jackson County School Superintendent. School Board employees will be informed of her death this morning.


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