A Memorial Celebration for Mrs. Tracey Bonita Smith-Ford of Tampa, Florida who passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020 was held on Saturday, May 2nd, 1:00 p.m. at Friendly Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Johnnie Miller, officiated. Tracey gained her angel wings on April 27, 2020. Her final days were spent surrounded by her family and loved ones that she touched throughout the years. Tracey Ford was born to the parents of mother, Barbara Smith and father, Stephen Smith Jr. in Tampa, Florida. Tracey attended the public-schools in Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay Vo-Technical High School and Hillsborough Community College. Sister Ford was a faithful lifelong member of Friendly Missionary Baptist Church, baptized by Reverend W. L. Webb, serving under the leadership of Pastor Johnnie Miller, as a member of Voices of Praise, Deaconess Ministers Wives and Mother Board, as well as Financial Secretary. Sister Tracey Ford was employed as a valued employee as a customer relations team leader in various fields. She was a devoted employee of Honeywell, Robinson’s Eye Care, Ford Credit, and New York Life. Sister Ford enjoyed playing board games, cards, singing, and spending time with family and friends. She was currently learning to play the keyboard and piano to uplift the Lord. Sister Ford was preceded by her father, Stephen Smith; sister, Marcia Robinson Martin and grandmother, Annie Lee Comer. She leaves to cherish and embrace loving memories with her husband, Deacon Elbert Ford; sons, Anthony Thompkins, Jr. and Darryl Barnes; mother, Barbara L. Smith; siblings, Linda Robinson Wilcox, Rodger L. Coward, Phillip W. Coward, Willa Smith Brown (Rhudine), her twin Stacey Marshall (Kenneth), Ray Coward, Michelle Bell (Jeffrey) and Ray Coward (Lisa); a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in- laws; a special family connection and friends, Cubie Douglas, the Jones; Boyd and Marshall families. The visitation was held at Aikens Funeral Home on Friday, May 1st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This service was lived streamed and can be viewed at aikensfuneralhome.net.
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