Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor state Rep. Clay Ford, who died Monday, March 18, 2013.
His order read, in part:
"Ford served our country in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve, and the National Guard from 1955 to 1988, advancing through the ranks from Private to Colonel. A native of Wynne, Arkansas, Rep. Ford served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, from 1975 to 1976, on the Pulaski County, Arkansas Special School District Board from 1977 to 1979 and as a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention from 1978 to 1979.
Rep. Ford served on the Gulf Breeze City Council from 1990 to 2007 and as Mayor Pro Tempore from 2000 to 2007. In 2007, Rep. Ford was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and was re-elected subsequently. Rep. Ford served as Deputy Whip, and at the time of his passing, was the Chair of the Energy & Utilities Subcommittee and sat on the Judiciary Committee, the Regulatory Affairs Committee, and the Rules & Calendar Committee. As a symbol of respect for the memory of Rep. Clay Ford and his service to our State and our Country, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the County Courthouses of Escambia and Santa Rosa, Florida, the City Hall of Gulf Breeze, Florida, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, from sunrise to sunset on Friday, March 29, 2013