Brian Xavier Ford

October 29, 2009 ‒ July 13, 2016

Centerburg, Ohio

Brian Xavier Ford, age 6, of Centerburg was called home to be with his Lord in Heaven on Wednesday morning, July 13, 2016 after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born October 29, 2009 in Mount Vernon to Victoria (Edmonson) Bowers and Lee Ford.

Brian enjoyed playing baseball, Legos, playing Mario on the Wii, fishing, spending time with his family, and dressing up and being a superhero.ย  Brain was an inspiration to many and his heroic heart and million dollar smile impacted the world around him.ย  For his bravery and courageousness, Brian was made an Honorary Firefighter for the Fredericktown Fire Department on June 30.

Brian is survived by his parents, Victoria (Timothy) Bowers and Lee (Ashley) Ford; his sisters and brothers, Ashley Ford, Emma Ford, Mykiah Bowers, Alanis Bowers, Kira Ford, Sophia Bowers, Gabriella Bowers, Faith Bowers, Mark Carnahan, Oden Carnahan, Levi Ford, Noah Ford and Jordan Ford; grandparents, George Edmonson, Rose and Kevin Slone, Tom and Claire Ford and Tom Bowers; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of a funeral service celebrating the life of Brian at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon.ย  Burial will follow in Mount Liberty Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting,

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Brian Xavier Ford.

  • Brian had a smile that I will forever remember. Although I never met Brian or the family, it didn’t take long to give him a piece of my heart. Father, please comfort the family in their sorrow. Give them courage and strength to face this journey. Fill their hearts with peace and understanding. And let them know that, with Your love, You hold Brian gently in the hollow of Your hand.
    With my deepest sympathy.

  • Although many miles separate us, I am with you in my heart! Everyone I showed Brian’s pictures to were both impressed and encouraged by his sweet smile and continous courage during his long battle. Many prayers and thoughts are with everyone from both family and my co-workers at Ortho Tennessee. Hold onto all of your good memories and grab hold of them often to help sustain you through all the tuff times ahead. May God hold you in the palm of His hands and give you the strength needed for this long road ahead. Do not be afraid to grief for this is part of the healing process. Cry for your loss but remember to smile and laugh also for all the good times and memories you were able to share with Brian during his short time here on this earth. He is truly a SUPER HERO!

    I Love You All!

    Aunt Patty and Uncle Sam

  • Although I did not know Brian personally but my daughter Stephanie did and Mr. Jeff. I pray for your family that you keep your faith. Know that God is there holding you and will continue to be with you. God Bless all of you.

  • One of the blessings of my life was sharing Brian’s journey through the prayer list at our (Brandon United Methodist) church but even more so through Jason, Jen and Jonas Bostic…I was privileged to meet him as well…..the traits that Brian showed during this incredibly challenging time was truly superhero status! He was an inspiration to me and to so many others, my life was touched in a special way by him! Fly high, God’s newest little angel!! Thanks for being a blessing!!! Love you!! My deepest sympathy sympathy, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and Brian’s Wariors!! A special thanks to the Fredericktown Firefighters for granting his big wish!! What an awesome and inspiring evening that was!!

  • I have never met Brian personally but I met his strength and courage through a fellow Firefighter Jason Bostic. I took Brian’s picture with me to the top of the Seattle firefighter Stairclimb. His courage inspired me and will continue to do so. Rest in peace my little Brother. Prayers to the family. We in the fire service have your back. Lots of love.
    Joey Wallberg East Valley Fire.

  • Although I never met Brian or the family, Brian was my super hero. He was strong, courageous, and a fighter. He had a smile that melted my heart.

    Hold tight to the precious memories. Brian is soaring with the Angel’s today and is no longer in pain.

    I pray that God will give all of you strength and comfort during this very difficult time.

  • Prayers of peace ,strength and comfort today and in the days to come . Your little superhero is at peace and healed . Brian had a place in my heart with that beautiful smile .

  • My prayers and peace i send to all my little angel Brian family’s.hold for ever his angel is no longer suffering or in pain.his free with all his beloved freinds and angels.i did not have to know in person my angel cause thru the internet he showed me what is the meaning of courage.and it will continue in me for ever.he melt my heart always.i pray to my Lord sympathy and my heart and love is with all.God Bless You.๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

  • To the family of Brian Ford
    I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through. I never met Brian, but the first time I saw his picture I knew he was a very special young man. He was my hero too. You all must be so proud of him. He won a lot of hearts, even from Wisconsin.My condolence to all of you. May we all meet in heaven,
    God Bless

  • Sending love and prayers for Brian’s family and friends. I watched his fire fighting video over and over each and every time the tears flowed for hours. Would also like to send love and prayers to the Fredericktown Fire Department for the loss of one very important little fire fighter. Much love to all!

  • I didn’t personally know Brian or his family, but my heart hurts for you all. So sad that such a young man had such a strong battle. God Bless you all!! Rest in peace sweet boy!

  • My love and sympathy goes out to the family during this difficult time. My heart breaks for you. I’m also saddened that I didn’t get to meet him. I followed his story and he seemed like such a strong, sweet, wonderful boy. I know he will be missed. R.I.P. Brian.

  • RIP Sweet Brian Ford! You are such a joy to many family and friends and will leave an impact on many of hearts as you have on mine! May God keep you in his loving hands and comfort your family and friends. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel! Fly High! Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!

  • Rose, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. It is my hope that you find strength through each other and comfort in your memories.

  • I found out about Brian about a week ago, when I was requesting prayer for one of my children. God Bless his soul, my heart bleeds when I hear about a child dying from cancer, it makes you hold your own children a little closer. I did not know him, but I thank God for the love,light and life that he spread while here on earth. You are free and at peace sweet Brian. My condolences to the mother, father and family of Brian, you will see him again someday, until then know that he is safe and sound in God’s arms. Much Love
    A. Hardy

  • My heart breaks for the family I feel the pain you feel. I never had the honor of meeting this beautiful little man. But I was able to follow everything going on with him through his grandmother and his his site. I feel like I got to know him through his pics the beautiful post from his family and the beautiful videos sent to me through texting by his grandma Rose. Soar high with the Angels little hero. I pray the family has some comfort knowing your no longer in pain. I know saying I’m sorry does nothing to ease your pain but as everyone knows we know nothing else to say but I am so sorry you have to go through this loss.

  • Rose and Kevin and family, we are so sorry about losing Brian. We know he was a spirited and courageous young guy who was loved by so many who is now in his Father’s loving arms. His spirit will be forever with you. Love, Brent, Kathy, Shannan, and Connor

  • I had the honour and privilege of meeting Brian Ford when he was in Fredericktown. Though it was a brief moment in time it’s a memory that will last me a lifetime. He was sitting down and I knelt down and introduced myself and told him that I was one of his many fb followers and that I had been praying for him, he reached out his arm and I cupped his little hand in mine and told him that I would continue to pray for him. I am blessed to have gotten to meet Brian Ford.
    The first time I seen his picture, his beautiful precious smile melted my heart. As I looked at all the pictures and videos I found out that he loved superheroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain America and many others, I’ve always been a fan of superheroes myself. Over the last 10 months that I’ve followed Brian on the Prayers and Support for Brian Ford fb page I also came to realize that Brain’s courage far exceeded that of any of his favorite superheroes and he quickly became my superhero and a superhero to many. Brian’s beautiful precious smile, his never quit, never give up heart and attitude and his superhero like courage will remain with me for the rest of my life. May his family find peace, comfort and joy in their memories of this special little boy. God Bless you all.
    “We fight together. We never give up, we keep on fighting.” -Brian Ford

  • I was looking for the obituary of a friend when I came across this sweet face of a courageous handsome young man. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Born to amuse, delight and inspire … he is gone too soon. But thoughts and loving memories last as long as time endures. May your treasured memories of his smile, laughter and times shared grow more precious and bring your family comfort. God gives you the courage to face tomorrow in His love that surrounds you today. Be abundantly blessed with His peace and strength in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you.