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Mercer E. Fordham

March 9, 1940 ~ September 22, 2020 (age 80)


Mercer Euree “Mickey” Fordham, aged 80, of San Benito, TX went to be with his Lord on September 22, 2020 at Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen. He was born March 9, 1940 in Dublin, GA., the middle child of seven born to the late Safo Douglas and Edna Pauleen (Francis) Fordham. He grew up on a farm near Cadwell, GA. until he was fourteen and his parents moved him and his younger brothers to Jacksonville, FL., attending Landon High School.  He lived and worked in Jacksonville most of his adult life.  It was there that he was blessed with the births of his four older children: Robbie, Cathlaine, Debbie and Robert. 

Mickey worked as a Boilermaker at the Navy shipyard in Mayport, FL for much of his career.  He later worked for Intercontinental Marine Repairs out of Houston TX. where he traveled to many other shipyards throughout the United States and abroad, one of the last being AmFELS in Brownsville, TX.  It was there in 1992 that he met Jane Rush and decided to make Brownsville his new home and Jane his wife.  He would once again become a father to another daughter, Carol Anne, in 1994 which prompted him to take early retirement and become a stay at home dad. 

Mickey was a loving and caring Christian man who always put his faith and family first in his life.  Being a father, grandfather and great-grandfather was what he was proudest of.  He had a truly kind soul and loved to laugh and joke around with his family, friends and even strangers at the grocery store.  He was a member of First Christian Church San Benito and enjoyed volunteering his time to care for the church’s property until he was no longer physically able to. 

Mickey is preceded in death by his parents; son, Robbie Mercer Fordham; and brothers, Russell Carrell Fordham, Bobby Edward Fordham and Jimmy Tyrone Fordham.

He leaves behind to forever cherish his memory his wife, Jane Fordham; four children- Cathlaine Fordham, Debbie Fordham and Robert Fordham of Jacksonville, FL, and Carol Anne Fordham and husband Guillermo Cuevas of Mesa, AZ; “adopted” daughter Karla Adame of Brownsville, TX; sister, Willajean Fellows of Jacksonville, FL; brothers, Larry Joe (Martha) Fordham of El Paso, TX, and Johnny Lee (Brenda) Fordham of Tifton, GA.;  eight grandchildren – John (Sarah) Padgett, Christine Capstraw, Robbie (Kayla) Fordham Jr,  Stacy Irish, Angel Irish and Kymani Fordham of Jacksonville, FL, Ashley (Nicholas) Pugh of Winterville, GA, and Casey Fordham of Austin, TX,; eight great-grandchildren -  Elaina and Elijah Padgett, Alex Pugh, Jovan Jones, Romeo Bennett, Cordel Sullivan, and Dalton and Wade Fordham.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 2nd from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, 710 Ed Carey Drive, Harlingen, TX.  A Graveside service officiated by Pastor Rod Hendrix of FCC San Benito will be held Saturday, October 3rd, 2:00 pm at Mont Meta Memorial Park, San Benito, TX.

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October 2, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home
710 Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, TX 78550

Graveside Service
October 3, 2020

2:00 PM
Mont Meta Memorial Park
26170 N. Hwy 345
San Benito, TX

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