83R5705 BK-D
  By: Hunter H.R. No. 277
         WHEREAS, A full and generous life drew to a close with the
  passing of Edmond John Ford, Jr., of Corpus Christi on January 21,
  2013, at the age of 94; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 28,
  1918, Ed Ford was the son of Edmond and Grace Ford; he was a standout
  track and field athlete at Phillips Academy in Andover, and his
  strong academic record earned him acceptance to Harvard University,
  where he played for the football team and graduated cum laude; and
         WHEREAS, In 1942, he exchanged vows with the former Marie
  Roberta "Bobbe" Welder; after Mr. Ford earned his law degree from
  Harvard, he and his wife relocated to her family's ranch north of
  Taft, Texas, which he later operated; together for seven decades,
  they were blessed with two daughters, Helen and Grace, and with the
  passing years, they had the pleasure of seeing their family grow to
  include 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Ford proudly served his country as a captain in
  the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1945, during which time he trained
  pilots and established flight instrument courses in Bryan and
  Lubbock; after the war, he began his career in law, specializing in
  real estate, oil, and business deals, and served as a judge in the
  early 1960s; a prominent community leader, he co-chartered the Bank
  of Corpus Christi, which later became IBC Bank, and served as its
  chair; he also served as president of the Corpus Christi Country
  Club, the Corpus Christi Town Club, and the Corpus Christi Pops
  Concert Association and as vice president of the Corpus Christi
  Symphony Society; and
         WHEREAS, In his leisure time, this dynamic Texan enjoyed
  traveling the world with his wife, typically with a few of their
  grandchildren in tow, and he counted golfing, playing cards, and
  making trips to the greyhound racetrack among his hobbies; a member
  of the King's Men in Corpus Christi's traditional Buccaneer Days
  celebration, he is best remembered for delivering entertaining
  toasts and for being selected as King Alonso XXX during the 1983
  coronation ceremony; he cultivated many close friendships
  throughout his life and often entertained his loved ones by
  reciting poems, songs, and quotes from memory; and
         WHEREAS, Known for his integrity, generosity, and devotion to
  his family, Ed Ford leaves behind a legacy that will forever be
  treasured by all who were fortunate to know him; now, therefore, be
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Edmond John Ford, Jr.,
  and extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to his
  wife, Bobbe Ford; to his daughters, Helen Allen and her husband,
  R. C., and Grace Powers and her husband, Jack; to his
  grandchildren, Lizzie Holmes, Janet Allen, Ford Allen and his wife,
  Bea, James Allen, Jack Powers and his wife, Jettie, Roberta Wallace
  and her husband, Trey, Kyle Cromwell and her husband, Charles,
  Edmond Powers, Willie Powers and his wife, Catherine, and Tim
  Powers and his wife, Julia; to his 12 great-grandchildren; and to
  his other relatives and friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Edmond John
  Ford, Jr.