August 5, 1941 ~ June 8, 2019

Born in: Spruce Pine, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Joan Ledford, 77, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Spruce Pine, Mrs. Ledford was a daughter of the late Troy Milton Ledford and Lissie Pittman Ledford. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Ida Tinsley and Patricia Renee Tinsley Bradley, a grandson, Brett Tinsley, a sister, Josephine Howell, and a brother Jim Ledford and his wife Violet. She was a former employee of Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine E. Tinsley; son, Rick Tinsley; grandchildren Cicely Tinsley and Bryce Tinsley; great-grandchildren, April and Jada; sisters, Joyce Pittman, Jenny Burns and Judie Barker (Ron), a brother, James Ledford; a number of nieces and nephews and many close friends.

A celebration of her life will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bridge Foundation (memo: WNC Greatest Needs), PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friends Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.


Celebration of Life: June 29, 2019 5:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Rick……Our thoughts and prayers are with You and your family.I have known your Mother a long time and she will be missed…..Jackie and Kathy Hollingsworth

  2. Catherine, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I know, from the times we’ve talked, how much you loved her. Praying God will give you, your brother and family peace(as only you can)during this time. Love you.

  3. Praying for you and your family- we know how hard it is to lose your mother. Joan was a precious lady. God bless you. Raymond and Leesa Jones

  4. So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    Randy & Laurie Mathis

  5. Our warmest condolences and expressions of sorrow to the Ledford family for the loss of your loved one Joan. May the word of God and the good memories you shared bring comfort to you during this most difficult time.
    Kind regards,

  6. Mom even though we knew that we would part ways one day when God called one of us home, I have a big hole in my heart & I miss you so much not being here with me. I’m blessed to know you’re with our Lord & no longer in that damaged body. Rest In Peace my dear sweet friend/Mom. I will see you again.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to loose a parent. This family has had its share of those losses this year. Our saving grace is that we are a big family and have each other and the faith that our loved ones are with the lord.

  8. Catherine & Ricky
    I am so sorry for loss. My thoughts and prayers go out for the both of you. Your mother was a very sweet and funny person. I know you will miss her greatly, but the memories of her and your life’s together will live with you until you see her again. I pray for GODs guidance, comfort, and grace to be showered upon you both. Much love and support to you both.

  9. Joan was such a beautiful person – inside and out. Her smile was always so warm and bright. I had the pleasure one Thanksgiving a few years ago to enjoy a meal and play a hilarious game “Cards for Humanity” with Joan, Catherine, and my sister’s family. We had so much fun and laughed until we cried! That will always be a special memory. Catherine and family – I pray that you will experience the peace that passes all understanding as Jesus holds you in His righteous right hand. Love and many prayers,

    • Your mom was a very special lady! Enjoyed doing her nails will miss seeing her! My prayers are with you and your family may God give you comfort and peace.

  10. Joan (Mom) will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her gracious and warm spirit. Fortunately, that lives on in Catherine and Ricky and I’m so blessed to be an extended family member. Joan loved my little Bichon Verdell and he loved her like I’ve never seen him take to another person. We all know she is with the Lord and we’ll see her again one day. Much love to all the family and friends.

  11. Sis, I will miss your phone calls. Every time you called the first thing you said was hi, Judie. I could hear the smile you had on your face. Catherine and Rick, I know heaven is enjoying her smile. Find comfort in knowing our family will be united again one day. Love Aunt Judie and Ron

  12. Dear Rick and Family. My heart goes out to you all in the loss of your precious Mother. May God give you Peace and Comfort in this most difficult of times. And may you also find Comfort in knowing that she is at peace and is with sweet Brett and knowing that you all will be reunited one day. Much love to you all.

  13. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I know it is a devastating time in you lfe.
    My thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends. May she rest peacefuly.

  14. So sorry to hear your Mom passed away. She was such a sweet and funny person. You and all the family are in my prayers for Gods’ comfort and peace.

  15. Catherine and family….sorry to hear of Joan’s stroke and death. Please know the Chubb family has you in prayer and we remember with great fondness your Mom and all the nice things she has done for Betty Lou and the family. We hope these memories bring you comfort and peace.

  16. Catherine, you are in my thoughts during this difficult time. I know how close you and your sweet Mom were. She will be shining down on you from Heaven. Joan was a delightful lady and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. You are in my Prayers. My sincere condolences to the family.

  17. Cathy and Ricky today we will all celebrate with you Joan’s life. She was an amazing woman as you both well know. I’ve loved her for many years as my own. I enjoyed our conversations, laughter but mostly the love she shared with me and my family. We will see here again, thank you Lord❤️.
    I love you both.

  18. Cathy and Ricky today we will celebrate with you Joan’s life. She was an amazing woman, as you both know. I’ve loved her for many years as my own. I enjoyed our conversations, the laughter but most of all the love she gave to me and my little family. We will see her again, thank you Lord❤️.
    Praying for comfort at this time.
    Love you both,
    Curtis, Alita, Jasmin and Curt

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