June 10, 1938 ~ May 28, 2004

Born in: Graham County, NC,
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Joyce Williams Ledford, 65, of 25 Rose Bud Lane, Leicester, went home to be with the Lord Friday, May 28, 2004, at her home. Mrs. Ledford was born in Graham Co. and was a daughter of Cecil Williams and the late Lois Parks Williams. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Ledford Gahagan who died in 1985. She was a homemaker. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband Claude Ledford; one daughter, Donna Rhew and her husband Jerry of Leicester; one son Jay Ledford of Mars Hill; three grandchildren, Heather Hudgins, April Owens and Miranda Turbyfill; three great-grandchildren, Dalton Hudgins, Gavin Owens and Kyleigh Hudgins; one sister, Sheila Stewart and her husband Randy of Arden and one brother Cecil Williams, Jr. and his wife Patty of Candler. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Smith officiating. Burial will be at Pisgah View Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Saturday at the funeral home and request that memorials be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during your loss. May God’s deepest blessings be with each of you. Joyce was a former classmate at Erwin High with me
    (Class of ’57).

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  2. Claude, Donna & Jay:
    I was so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing and I know there are no words to be said that can take away the pain of losing a spouse or parent. Just hold on to the memories and make your plans to meet her again some day. God bless you all and know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

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  3. Dear Claude, Jay and Donna,

    Joyce was one of the best, kindest, most generous people I have ever known. I was so truly sorry to hear of her passing.

    Having lost my mother, Mary, to cancer last July, I realize that no words can capture how you feel right now. But please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    I know you have a large support network in the Asheville area. But if you would ever like to bend the ear or lean on the shoulder of someone who has recently gone through what you’re going through now, please don’t hesitate to call (757-446-2307).

    Also, Claude, my father, Royce, who is still in Newfound, would be more than happy to talk to you and offer whatever words of wisdom he can about getting through this difficult period of your life. If you ever feel like talking, his number is 683-9216.

    I will miss Joyce’s lovely smile, her warm laugh and her innate goodness. We all will.

    You are all constantly in my thoughts.

    Love,
    Bronwyn

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  4. Claude & Family,
    My thoughts & prayers are with you as you lay Joyce in the loving arms of the Master. She will be missed by her friends & family.
    Norma

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  5. Dear Claude , Donna , Jay and Family, Joyce was one very special lady and will be missed by so many…..I have known Joyce and Claude for over 40 yrs and they have remained the same sweet couple the entire time…..Its so hard to give up a parent but when that parent was like Joyce , you never have to worry about where she is, you know she is at peace with God..my prayer is that all of you can find peace and understanding……love to you all

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  6. To Claude…My friend, God sent Joyce to you and when it came time he took her home!
    To Her Family…She might be gone, but never forgotten, take care of not only one another, but of your father Claude as well.
    To Joyce: Rest in pease my friend!
    Allen Smith

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  7. To Claude…My friend, God brought Joyce to you and when it was time he took her home!

    To Her Family…You will miss her dearly but she will never be forgotten, take care of your selves and your father Claude as well.

    To Joyce… Rest in pease my friend, rest in pease!
    Allen Smith

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  8. Claude, We have all been with you throughout this hard time and we will continue to be here for you. You are so very special to the whole group. Please know we love you…..Joan Long

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  9. Claude, please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God give each of you peace and understanding. I will miss her too. Joyce was a beautiful person – inside and out and touched so many lives with her unique smile. We love you Claude and are here for you anytime you need us. Love, one of your high school classmates, Denise Edwards Goodson

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  10. Claude & Family,
    Our hearts are heavy with tears for your loss. Our souls are joyful that we will be with Joyce again someday in heaven. We thank God for sharing her life with you. God bless the Ledford family always as he has throughout the past. She is at peace now.
    Carl & Pat Winkler

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  11. Claude & Family, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. We were so sorry to hear of your loss.Joyce was such a joy to know, now she is a bright flower in God’s garden. We will look forward to seeing her again one day. May you know how you are Loved, and we will be there for you when you need a friend to talk with. God be with you & your family, Always Dianne King Lunsford

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  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    God, in His mercy felt she had suffered enough, and she is Home with Him.
    She was a beautiful lady and the light of Claude’s life. After caring for her mother so tenderly last year, her family cared for her just as tenderly. Frank has kept everybody posted on how wonderfully the family has taken care of both Joyce and Claude.
    May God be with you all, and our prayers will continue for all of you.

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