Saturday, Sep 07, 2019
March 31, 1932 - September 02, 2019
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 7th at 11:00 am at the Greater New Salem Primitive Baptist Church, 1605 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL. Pastor Benjamin Curry will officiate. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, 11005 N. US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL.Visitation will be held Friday 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home, 3000 N. 29th Street, Tampa, FL.
Mother Mattie Mae Ford was born in Marion, AL to her late parents Bill and Fannie Mae Philips. She graduated from Marion County Public High School. She married Deacon Willie Arthur Ford and they moved to Tampa, FL in 1960. She worked for a number of years at Jack’s Cookie Company until it closed. After its closing she went to work at the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College until she retired. Mother Ford has been a member of the Greater New Salem Primitive Baptist Church for over 60 years. She faithfully served on the Mother’s Board until she became too weak to serve.
She was preceded in death by husband, Willie Arthur Ford; twin sister, Fannie Mae Coleman;grandson, William Allen Oates III and nephew, Rudolph Coleman.
Mattie leaves to cherish memories of her with two daughters, Brenda S. Ford and Elaine D. (William)Oates; step daughter, Bobbie Stevenson; siblings, Queen Esther Green and Eddie “Sunny” Philips; grandchildren, Colette Christina Oates, Eugenia Tiara Wallace and Erica Tremaine Wallace; great grandchildren, Malachi Silus, Nasir Oates, Khyas Alexander Smith, Joseph William Domingue, Elisna Elaine Domingue and Ethan Tobias Wallace; nieces, Ida Coleman and Linda (Michael) Davis; nephews,David (Dorothy) and Ronald (Jackie) Coleman and other relatives and friends.
There will be a viewing on Friday September 6, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, 3000 N. 29th Street, Tampa, Florida. Friends are asked to assemble at the church at approximately 10:45 a.m. for the service.