Cheryl Middleton Ford


Cheryl Anne Middleton Ford peacefully passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, in Columbus, Mississippi.
She is survived by her husband of forty-nine years, Thomas Owens Ford; her daughters, Kelly Anne Ford Nordan of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Emily Gwin Ford Mueller of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Helen Kelly McCool Middleton; her sons-in-law, Edwin Walker Nordan Jr. and Randy Eric Mueller; as well as her grandchildren: Wince Walker Nordan II, Owen Middleton Nordan, Gwindolyn Carolanne Mueller, and Kathryn Mae Mueller; her sisters, Lynne Middleton Garner, Betty Middleton Triplett; and her brother, Thomas Gwin Middleton.
Cheryl was born in Kosciusko, Miss., and graduated from West Point High School. After graduating from Blue Mountain College, she dedicated her life to serving as a teacher in the Mississippi Public School system in both the town of West Point and Lauderdale County. Cheryl thoroughly enjoyed teaching and loved her students, keeping up with them most years after their graduation and bragging of their accomplishments in life. She reluctantly retired in 2007 with more than thirty-eight years in the classroom in order to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Most important to Cheryl, was her love for the Lord, her family, and music. She was an extraordinarily gifted pianist who frequently played at church - and was often the centerpiece playing at family holiday gatherings as the family sang along. She frequently shared comical anecdotes from English literature with her children and grandchildren, lightening the mood during times of stress. And, she had the rare gift of coming up with her own homemade colloquialisms that brought joy and laughter to the whole family. Cheryl was also a gifted "Nana" whose hugs and smiles could heal even the most challenging of scrapes or bruises - and carry the hefty load alongside her children during moves, military deployments, and other hardships. Her love for her family could only be matched by her love for the Lord, who she rejoices with today.
Mrs. Cheryl Ford will be remembered in a small service on Aug. 2, 2019, at eleven o'clock in the morning, at the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael, Miss. Her loved ones ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association (
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Gail Brown Barnhill
Aug 07, 2019
My thoughts an prayers for Tom and her daughters and all of her family. So many memories when my family went to Calvary Baptist Church.
Bert Parker
Aug 01, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Mrs. Ford was a wonderful teacher I will remember always.
Mona Vance
Aug 01, 2019
Fiery Lily and Rose was purchased for the family of Cheryl Middleton Ford by Mona Vance.  Send flowers
Shelia Henley
Aug 01, 2019
Sending my love and praying for the family
Glenda Pruett Riddle
Aug 01, 2019
So sorry . A dear childhood friend.
Donna Hamm Bonneau
Aug 01, 2019
We learned so much from you. For this, we are grateful. Walk with Christ until we meet again someday. Thoughts & prayers for Mrs. Ford’s family. 🙏🏻
Jean Ulmer Gaskin
Jul 31, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. She was our son's, Chris, ninth grade English teacher. We thought the world of her.
Ann hurst cummings
Jul 31, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about cheryl, I was member of west end baptist church during the time bro Gwen was pastor there a lot of fond memories of Cheryl and all her family wonderful family. My condolences to all her family.
Ron Rounsaville- Gatlinburg, TN
Jul 31, 2019
Sorry for your loss. I remember Cheryl well from our days in the band at WPHS.
Priscilla Harper
Jul 31, 2019
Oh as I read of the passing of my friend Cheryl, I am saddened! Know that you are I my thoughts and prayers as you face this time of great loss. Priscilla Allen Harper,Class of ‘63 WPHS
Queen City Wings
Jul 31, 2019
Our condolences Tom, from all of us in GWRRA Chapter D, Meridian.
Homer and Jo Ann Dyer
Jul 31, 2019
Our prayers are with Tom, Kelly, Emily and all the family! I’m thankful you have wonderful memories of Cheryl’s life and accomplishments! Sending our ❤️ love!
Donna Harrison
Jul 31, 2019
My condolences for your loss. Cheryl will be missed by many, but most acutely by immediate family. My prayers for you during this time.
Jean Fenwick
Jul 31, 2019
Such special memories of our many camping vacations. More like a sister than a cousin. Prayers for Tom, Kelly Anne and Emily Gwin and all the family. She will be missed by all!