Grave Marker Dedication for James “T-Model” Ford on Saturday, May 31 in Greenville, Mississippi
The Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, on behalf of Estella Ford and Fat Possum Records, invites blues enthusiasts as well as the general public to the dedication ceremony for the headstone of James Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery off Highway 82 West outside of Greenville, Mississippi. The graveside ceremony will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The reception will be held afterwards at Walnut Street Blues Bar (128 South Walnut Street) in Greenville. Local food and live music will be provided.
T-Model Ford died at home in Greenville of respiratory failure after a prolonged illness on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Amos Harvey, formerly of Fat Possum Records, stepped up to help cover the costs of the visitation at Redmond Funeral Home in Greenville, and friends and admirers of the blues musician held fundraisers for Ford. The funeral service was held at the Washington County Convention Center on July 27. Musician Robert Mortimer, Jr., who co-owned Mortimer Funeral Home and managed Green Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, donated the burial plot and vault for the local blues singer in the newly named “Legends” section of the burial ground. The grave marker was designed by Amos Harvey and engraved by Alan Orlicek.