When you drive around Owensboro, you’re likely to get on the Wendell H. Ford Expressway, but talk to just about anyone and you’ll find his legacy runs much deeper in this community.
“He was like your favorite uncle,” recalls Fred Reeves, a former president of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. “He was very personable, very humorous, and you always knew if you had an issue, you could call the senator and he would give that issue his attention.”
Despite his years living in Frankfort and Washington, Owensboro was always home to the former governor and U.S. Senator. Wendell Ford held the city and its people close to his heart. Fred Reeves remembers Ford for his compassion.
“I’ll never forget the day he called me and told me about a young lady, a single mom who had lost her job, and he asked me if I could help her find a job,” explains Reeves. ‘How many senators would personally call you, dial the number themselves, and ask you to do something for an individual citizen who wasn’t an important person, someone who just had a need?’ That’s the kind of individual he was.”