"I have many fond memories of the Rev. Ben Hooks, as he was very close to my father and mother, the late N.J. and Vera Ford. My fondest memory of Rev. Hooks would have to be when he honored my family by giving the eulogy at my father's funeral. He left my family and me with wonderful words of wisdom as we lost the family patriarch. I always looked forward to seeing Rev. Hooks at social events and community functions. His presence will surely be missed not only in Memphis, but across the nation."