James A. Ford, 60, of San Augustine died Thursday, May 2,  at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange.  Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Born in Orange on April 9, 1953, James was the son of Herman and Bessie (Stevenson) Ford.  He retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service, attaining the rank of Master Sargent.  He loved reading, fishing and bird watching.

Preceded in death by his father, Herman Ford, James is survived by his wife, Cheryl Ford of San Augustine; mother, Bessie Ford of Orange; son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Carrie Ford of Kempner; daughter, Jacquelyn Ford of Copperas Cove; sisters, Janis Heitz of Santa Fe, NM, Judy Ford of Portland, Or; and one granddaughter, Savannah Ford.