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Harold Ford, Sr. to open 'state-of-the-art' funeral businesses

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(WMC-TV) - After spending the last 17 years as a Washington D.C. consultant and lobbyist, former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford, Sr. is starting a new chapter.

When Ford closes on a 3,800 square feet space, he plans to take the funeral business into the 21st century.

After 20 years in Congress, and another 17 as a capital hill consultant, Ford is taking his next big leap.

"Memphis is home and I felt I needed to get back into the business I've been in all my life," he said.

The licensed funeral director and mortician plans to buy a 6.1 acre property in the 1600 block of Sycamore View to open a series of state-of-the-art funeral businesses.

"The first phase will be the funeral chapel part of it," he said.

In 60 days, his new chapel will offer grieving families access to funeral webcasts.

"If families can't make it into town, they can just pick up their laptop and they can watch the service in the chapel. The same is true for people in town who can't make it to the service. You can just pull your computer out and you can watch everything that's going on in the chapels," said Ford.

After the chapel is up and running, Ford anticipates the other two phases of the business will open in 60 day increments.

"It can fit into every citizens budget whether they want it in the funeral service with the internment or whether they want the crematory side of it. There will be three different standing funeral homes. It just won't be the one site," he said.

The businesses would eventually employ about 100 people.

Ford says N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in South Memphis will remain open.

He hopes to close on the property Monday or Tuesday.

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