Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Ford Stewart Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Owner/ Funeral Director
Horace Ford lives in Jonesboro and opened Ford-Stewart in August of 1997 to serve the community with dignified and affordable funeral services. Horace has been in the funeral industry since 1963. He received his funeral director's license in 1968. He has sold monuments in the south metro area for the past 25 plus years. He was on the Zoning Appeals Board for Coweta County for 15 years. Horace is a member of the Rotary Club of Clayton County, and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the International Order of the Golden Rule, and the National Funeral Director's Association. Horace is also a member of the Independent Funeral Director's Association of Georgia, which he was past president in 2001 - 2002.
Owner - Office Manager
Linda is the wife of Horace. She manages the office. She keeps paperwork running smoothly and helps families with insurance filing, making sure all of the necessary documents are filed with the appropriate county and federal agencies. She is a warm and caring person, who works well with families on a one on one basis.
Darren W. Ford has been with Ford-Stewart since it's opening in August of 1997. Darren is the son of Horace and Linda Ford. He lives in McDonough and graduated in 2001 from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. Darren also has a license to sell life insurance for pre-paid funeral plans.
Jennifer helps in the office at the funeral home. She also helps work visitations and funeral services.
Steve graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1979. He has been in Jonesboro area since 1978. He joined our staff in 2001 until 2008. In 2008 he moved to Mississippi and came back to our firm in April of 2013.
Steve is a member of the National Funeral Director's Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.
Allie joined our team in 2015. She serves our community as a Funeral Director/Embalmer. Allie graduated from Gupton Jones in 2012. Allie and her husband Ben reside in Loganville, Georgia.
Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
Michael joined our team in April of 2016. He is currently enrolled in mortuary school at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, and is looking forward to serving our community as a future Funeral Director.