James. C. "Nuddie" Ford, a retired United Auto Workers official who sang in his church choir, died of congestive heart failure June 5 at Sinai Hospital. The Owings Mills resident was 80.
Born in Greensboro, N.C., he was the son of William Wells and Rebecca Ford Smith. He moved to Baltimore as a child and attended Booker T. Washington Junior High School. He was a 1953 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, where he played football and basketball.
Mr. Ford excelled as a high school athlete, and his photograph appeared in the Baltimore Afro-American.
"He loved to play sports, and he competed against teams from Dunbar and Carver in the days when there...