DEXTER - Richard Lee Ford, 68, died Jan. 6, 2007, in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan.
Born Dec. 26, 1938, at Morehouse, to the late Waldo and Louise Neal Ford, he was an author, a member of the First General Baptist Church, the Heartland Writer's Guild and the owner of Richard's and Rich-Plus Paper Company in Downtown Dexter. He received a law degree from Memphis State University and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.
On May 28, 1961, at Morehouse, he married Rosemary Sliger, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Henry Ford of Dexter; one daughter, Rhonda Neuman of Olathe, Kan.; one brother, Ronald Ford of Huntsville, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Rachel Neuman and Zack Neuman of Olathe.
Visitation is from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Kenneth Biggs will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Sikeston.