A Time To Be Born - Marzetta Ford was born in Westfield to the late James and Laverne Ford. She was known as Zetta, by those close to her heart. She was raised by her loving grandparents, the late Tom and Adelia Smith in Brighton, Alabama.
Zetta had a humble sweet spirit. Her smile was as beautiful as the spirit she possessed.
Zetta attended and graduated from Brighton High School. Then, she went on to further her education at Birmingham Christian College and Birmingham Southern College. Her humble sweet spirit led her to none other than to be a servant. For more than 22 years she was a faithful and dedicated employee at Brookwood Hospital before she retired. Additionally, she was dedicated and in good standing with the worldwide Order of the Eastern Star.
She showered her family, patients and coworkers with her loving and compassionate heart. She always displayed a big, beautiful smile which was her trademark.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Marzetta dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and joined the Friendship Baptist Church of Brighton, Alabama. It was while singing in the choir and trying to play match maker that she met the love of her life, the late Levi Bennett, Sr. On April 15, 1960, they were joined in Holy Matrimony and this union was blessed with five children. Three children preceded her in death: Yolanda and Levi, Jr. (Bae Bae).
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Marzetta loved her pastor and church family. She was faithful and committed in all she achieved. Until her health declined in 2017, she was a faithful servant on the Pastor’s Aid Committee, a member of the Beautification Board, and very active with the Matrons.
Zetta had an enormous heart along with her humble spirit. With her servant’s heart, she opened her home to many and diligently cared for them. Along with that modest spirit, Zetta was a balanced soul. She didn’t play when it was time to be serious. Zetta wasn’t a busy body, but always had an encouraging word to lift your spirit. She knew God was in control and believed it. Also, she loved beautiful things which was demonstrated in her style, home, flowers, plants, and her yard. She loved the department stores, “Added Dimension and Cotton’s” in Ensley.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; Marzetta leaves to cherish her precious legacy, memories, and love of a true matriarch: three children, Wanda (Keith) Fancher, Gary (Patty) Bennett and Carla (Jerald) Thornton, all of Birmingham, AL; sisters, Deborah Culpepper of Brighton, AL, Linda Ford, Deborah Ford of Detroit, MI; brother, Clifford Ford of Detroit, MI; fifteen grandchildren, Antonio (Cheryl) Sankey, Tondra Wilson, Levi Bennett, III, Lavar Bennett, Mya Thornton, Kenny (Brittany) Myree, Jr., Jayla Thornton, Kimberly Pleasant, Rodney Hill, Yolanda Bennett, Amber (Benjamin) Zutah, Anthoni Little, Claudette Peterson, LaShondra Hickle and Maurice Peterson and a host of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relative and friends.