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Max Ford

Posted: August 10, 2017 5:39 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Max Ford

Robert Maxwell (Max) Ford, 75, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 surrounded by his family. A private family burial will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Quaker Cemetery at 10 a.m. Pallbearers will be Blake, Allen and Jackson Ford, Zack and Benjamin Watson and Edward Demby. A public memorial service will be held at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church at 2 p.m., on Friday August 11, 2017, with the Reverend Frank Griffith conducting. Members of the Rotary Club of Camden will serve as honorary pallbearers.  A reception will immediately follow the service in the Family Life Center at the church.

Born on November 28, 1941 in Greensboro, NC, Max was the only son of Clarence Maxwell and Margaret Starr Clegg Ford.  His family moved to Camden, SC in 1949.  He was educated in the Camden public schools and graduated from Carlisle Military School in Bamberg, SC in 1961.  He studied journalism at the University of South Carolina from 1961-1965 and was inducted into the USC chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, a professional journalistic society in 1965.  He enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserve in 1965, served with the 89th Rifle Company and was honorably discharged in 1969.  He married Judith Sill Rhame of Birmingham, AL, a fellow USC student, on September 3, 1965.

Max pursued a journalism career as a reporter for The State newspaper, Columbia, as a staff writer for the Columbia bureau of United Press International and as editor of the North Charleston Banner, North Charleston. He joined the staff of First District Representative Mendel J. Davis as a speechwriter and media contact in 1972.  In 1975, he joined the Washington staff of US Senator Ernest F. Hollings as press assistant.  He returned to Camden in 1979 as president of Midlands Printing, Inc., a full service commercial printing and specialty products company, and retired as chief executive officer in 2006.

Among his many community endeavors, he served on the board of the Santee Lynches Council of Governments; as vice president of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce; as inaugural president of the Kershaw County Human Relations Committee; as a member of the board of KershawHealth; as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Camden and three time Paul Harris Fellow; as a member and former deacon of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, and in various capacities for the United Way of Kershaw County. Max served six years on Kershaw County Council for district six and retired in 2006. He was appointed as interim chairman for Kershaw County Council by Governor Mark Sanford in June of 2010 and served through December of 2010.  He was a member of Camden Country Club for more than 35 years, having twice served as president.  He was a retired member of Snipe Club and a member of Springdale Hall Club.

Max was an avid golfer and was privileged through the years to have played some of the world’s most famous venues, among them Augusta National, Pinehurst No. 2, the Old Course and Troon in Scotland and Ballybunion and Lahinch in Ireland.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by his son, Lt. Col. Blake Ford USMC (Ret) (Laurie) and children Blake, Jackson and Margaret of Columbia, SC, his daughter, Beth Ford of Camden and children Zack of Colorado Springs, CO and Benjamin Watson of Camden, and son, Allen Ford (Lorrie) and children Taylor and Max of Camden.  He is also survived by his “heart mother” of many years, Alice B. Ford of Camden; sisters Dr. Kay Faguet (Dr. Bob Faguet) of Pacific Palisades, CA, Dr. Alice Ford Collins of Atlanta, GA, brothers Bill Ford (Ruthie) of Camden, Dr. Steve Ford (Dr. Gillian Overing) of High Point, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his honor to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3698 or Camden Military Academy, 520 Highway 1 North, Camden, SC 29020.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom of Sentinel Health Partners, Dr. Mohamed El Geneidy of South Carolina Oncology Associates, KershawHealth Hospice and his caregivers, Marnasha, Albert and Anthony, for their compassionate care during his illness.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel is in charge.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ford family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.

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