Melvin Sylvester Ford-Bey, 80, was a lifelong resident of Phoenixville, PA. He passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Suburban Community Hospital.
He was born on January 31, 1942, in Phoenixville, PA to the late James & Julia (Travis-Bey) Ford-Bey.
Melvin graduated from Phoenixville High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. Following his service, he was employed as a driver for the former Pennhurst State School and Hospital.
Some of his favorite past times were attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, going to the casino and coaching youth sports.
He was one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of Phoenixville High School, excelling in baseball and football. His favorite sports teams were the Phillies, Sixers, Flyers and Eagles.
He is survived by his children Derrik Williams Sr., Melvin Williams Sr., and Erica Barr;
Grandchildren Derrik Jr., Essence, Liberty, Wisdom, Melvin Jr., Brittney, Raven, Sharmel, Armani, Jy’melle, Star, Isaiah, Myesha, Mersades, Timeka, Tyrell, Brittany and Lauren;
Nine great grandchildren and three stepdaughters, Rachel, Linda and Michelle Graham.
Melvin is also survived by two sisters, Mary Fields and Clara Thornton (William), many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, especially Ralford Graham who was always by his side.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brothers: Dorothy Julia Ford-Bey, Josie Lee Ford-Bey, Olene Ford-Bey, James Ford-Bey, John Richard Ford-Bey Sr., Donald Ford-Bey Sr., Clarence Ford-Bey, Leon Ford-Bey Sr., and Abdul Ford-Bey.
Funeral Services will be held privately for the family.