Sometimes it seems the idea of a neighbor caring and helping their neighbors becomes lost in our daily life. But time and again, when tragedy occurs in our community, Ford Funeral Home provides “Generations of Caring”.
Ford Funeral Home was incorporated in the 1950’s in the state of West Virginia by two brothers, Joseph F. Ford and William H. Ford. The brothers, who served in World War II, were graduates of Fairmont State College and continued their post graduate education in mortuary colleges. Joseph attended the Anew York School of Embalming and Restorative Art and William graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science. William received his masters degree in counseling and guidance from West Virginia University .
The Ford Funeral Home is a multi-generational business. Lillie A. Ford, deceased, was a funeral director and embalmer and mother of Joseph and William. Joseph F. Ford, III, William H. Ford, II, R. Jay Ford and Bradley A. Ford joined the firm as the third generation. The fourth generation includes Lauren L. Ford and William Ryan Ford. The full staff serves families at four locations.
Demonstrating family tradition of belonging to and supporting professional organizations, Joseph Ford, deceased, William, Joseph, III, William, II, and R. Jay are all past presidents of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association. William also served for twenty-one years as the executive director of the “American Board of Funeral Service Education – the accrediting agency of the mortuary colleges in the United States .
The business located in Fairmont , WV expanded to include the R.C. Jones Funeral Home in Fairmont , WV , the DeGarmo Funeral Home in Rivesville WV and the Allen Funeral Home in Bridgeport , WV . The Allen Funeral Home was purchased by the Ford family on July 1, 1999 with Bradley A. Ford as owner/manager.
The current location at 215 East Main Street , Bridgeport , WV has served the community since 1931. At the turn of the century, James Hannibal Sauborne began the practice of undertaking in the Bridgeport community. Mr. Sauborne had been a stable boss at the P.K. Mines at Despard. Since providing horses and carriages was necessary, many men with this equipment began providing funeral services. The tradition of funeral service was passed on to the Bartlett, Tucker, Allen and Ford families with the understanding of careful selection of successors to ensure personal and quality service to the families. To the Ford family, “service is more than just a word”, and our guiding principles continue to be integrity, professionalism and an ongoing responsibility to the community.
"Generations of Caring"
Licensed Funeral Directors:
(standing from left to right)
Joseph F. (Bud) Ford III, Bradley Ford, William H. (Bill) Ford, R. Jay Ford, William H. (Bill) Ford II
(seated from left to right)
Lauren Ford, Ryan Ford
At Ford Funeral Home, we are committed to gently guiding a family through what is invariably a difficult time, to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We offer a variety of services ranging from Traditional and Cremation, to After Care counseling. Our staff continues a time-honored tradition of serving the community in good as well as difficult times.
At our Funeral Home, you will find a comfortable and welcoming interior, easily accessible, with ample accommodations to receive family and friends.
We offer a wide range of funeral services and support information. Whether for at-need funeral services, or to discuss any aspect of prearranged services, you can rely on a long-standing tradition of individual attention to specific wishes, customs, or religious considerations. There is a program to meet your individual wishes and means.
Reasons For Choosing Ford Funeral Home
- Our funeral home landmark facility located at 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport has provided traditional service for 75 years
- High quality of service
- The Ford Family - four generations of caring
- Six available licensed funeral directors and embalmers including counselors and a lady licensed director
- Five family members have served as President of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association
- The firm has been chosen to be a member of the National Selected Morticians
- High personalized services including special options of:
- dove release
- balloon ascension
- video tribute
- memory table
- Recognition and respect for all creeds and religious services
- All transferred preneed contracts honored
- State of the art casket, vault and cremation display room
- Complete resource center including:
- gifts for the clergy, pall bearer and organist
- themed quilts
- sympathy stationery
- our Mission Statement below says it all!
Commitment to Your Family
Our firm's personnel will treat every family as they would like to be treated themselves,
communicating in a professional image that embraces integrity, individualized service,
Where service is more than just word!
The Ford Funeral Home of Bridgeport, WV is pleased to announce the installation of a York Merchandising System, a revolutionary method of displaying caskets and other funeral service merchandise.
A departure from the traditional method of displaying funeral merchandise, this new concept was developed to combine comfortable surroundings and pleasant décor with a consumer-tested method of showing product assortments. The selection room has replaced the traditional full-size casket displays with fractional-cut caskets mounted and displayed into permanent modules. The fractional-cut caskets represent full-size models made either of wood or metal and cover a wide range of prices. Interior fabric samples and corresponding full-size casket photo are displayed in drawers directly beneath each fractional casket. The additional space provided by this style of casket display allows the funeral home to offer a full range of memorialization items including: keepsakes, theme blankets, appreciation gifts for clergy, musicians and family friends.
“We’ve built a solid reputation of service with dignity and compassion in our community,” Bradley Ford, managing owner and licensed director stated. “This system takes us one step further. We now have a greater opportunity to show care and compassion to our families. Families are under a lot of stress after a loss and we understand that. Our new selection room reduces the stress of having to make arrangements and gives families a complete resource center to create a very personalized and dignified tribute to their lost loved one”.
The Ford family celebrates four generations of experience, compassion, and integrity in the funeral profession. Their Bridgeport location is at 215 East Main Street , Bridgeport , WV .
"[Bradley Ford] made suggestions to personalize the funeral into a tribute to my father’s life rather than concentrating on our loss. It left our entire family with a sense of pride and Dad’s accomplishments. When my husband died, we only had to call Mr. Ford and he was again there for all of our family, this time not only to serve our needs as a funeral director but now as a personal friend…Mr. Bradley Ford and the staff at Ford Funeral Home will be our only choice in the future."
- The Family of Robert P. Rawlinitis, Sr.
"Through his care and concern, Bradley Ford guided us and made this difficult time as painless as possible… Words cannot express how much Bradley's extra special touches meant to us… I can't imagine going through this without [him]."
- The Family of Patricia Roberts
"Bradley met our needs in a kind, gentle, professional manner. With his attention to detail, he anticipated our questions almost before we asked them… For his help and that of the staff, we will always be thankful."
- The Family of Dwight Fowler
Ford Funeral Home
215 East Main Street
Bridgeport , West Virginia
Ford Funeral Home
215 East Main Street
Bridgeport , West Virginia