Ford graduated from R.C. Hatch High School in Uniontown, Perry County. He completed a master's in education leadership and administration at Alabama State University in Montgomery in 2003 and a master’s degree in collaborative education from Troy University in 2013. He began his career in Montgomery City Schools, where he taught in elementary school and served as a technology coordinator for the system. In 2006 he was promoted to assistant principal and summer school principal.
Ford served as an instructional facilitator for Samford University's Leadership Academy in 2011 to 2013. He came to Fairfield in 2015 as principal of Robinson Elementary School. He was later promoted to his administrative position in human resources and data analysis, where he was credited with making great strides for the system.
Ford was shot to death in his home at the Brook Highland Place apartments in northern Shelby County in November 2019. His partner, Timothy Ackers, who was also found at the apartment, was the apparent perpetrator of a murder-suicide.
- Robinson, Carol (November 18, 2019) "Longtime Alabama educator killed in Shelby County murder-suicide." The Birmingham News