Dennis Murphree Ford

January 13, 1941 ~ December 8, 2020

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Dennis Murphree Ford passed peacefully from this earth on December 8th in Oxford, Mississippi, with his daughters by his side. Visitation will be held Friday, December 11, 2020, from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at Waller Funeral Home.  A private inurnment will follow at The City of Oxford Columbarium with Rev. Eddie Rester officiating.

Born to parents, William Watkins Ford, Jr. and Mary Frances Murphree, Dennis spent his formative years in Jackson, Mississippi. A graduate of Murrah High School, Dennis received his BBA in Business Administration, Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. He continued his graduate work, as a member of the University’s 1967 Law School class and was later awarded an LLM in Taxation from New York University’s School of Law. Dennis then sought an additional degree in an accelerated accounting program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following early work with Ernst & Young, he established a successful law practice in Jackson, retiring and moving to Oxford, Mississippi in 1995.

An accomplished pilot and sailor, Dennis also loved hiking in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and spending time with his beloved wife of over fifty years, the late Judy Knowles Ford. He was devoted to all of his family, including his two daughters, Jennifer Ford and Mary Burton McGee, as well as his son-in-law, Kevin McGee. He especially cherished his four grandchildren: Ford Smith, Eliza Weir McGee, Kaylee McGee, and Brice McGee.

Although a world-traveler who enjoyed experiencing new adventures, Dennis loved coming home to Oxford, spending time with family, friends, and his dearly loved Jack Russell dogs.

Donations in his memory should be directed to the Mississippi Critterz Animal Rescue, 413 McElroy Drive Oxford, MS  38655 or via their website at


Friday, December 11, 2020 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Waller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
419 Highway 6 West P.O. Box 1200
Oxford, MS 38655

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