Services for Athlena "Lavener" Ford are scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 509 AR-108, Ashdown, Arkansas. She went home to be with her Lord on March 11, 2019 in Chandler, Texas at the age of 86. Lavener was born on January 13, 1933 in Alleene, Arkansas to Sarilda Jane and Ollie Reed. She was an active member of Rock Hill Baptist Church in Chandler, Texas. Her interests included gardening, sewing and writing poetry. Lavener is preceded in death by her mother and father; baby brother Reed; sister, Opal; and brothers, Marshall, Troy and Roy. Lavener is survived by her husband of 64 years, Louis Benjamin Ford of Chandler, Texas; son, Stephen C. Ford of Mableton, Georgia; daughters, Regina Payton of Kingwood, Texas, Janet Droy of Roscoe, Illinois; five grandsons, Ryan, Eric, Taylor, Marc, and John; and two great-grandchildren, Mirah and Kit. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zoey's Place, C/O Rock Hill Baptist Church, 20022 State Highway 31 E, Brownsboro, Texas 75756. Visitation will be Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 6-8 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home, 205 S. Broad St., Chandler, Texas.