February 14, 1923 ~ February 11, 2007

Born in: Kentucky,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Lee Ledford, 83, of 90 Beaver Dr., Asheville, died Sunday, February 11, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Campus Mission Hospitals. A native of Kentucky, he was a son of the late Aley and Mary Greene Ledford. Mr. Ledford retired from the Asheville Housing Authority where he worked as Maintenance Supervisor. He was also a great carp fisherman, and an avid walker and whittler. He served in the US Army during WWII. He was a newborn Christian. Mr. Ledford is survived by his wife, Betty “Sue” Warren Ledford; daughters, Carol Morrow and husband Jim, of Townsville, SC, Teresa Johnson and husband Mike, and Linda Silvers and husband Mike, all of Asheville; sons, Mike Ledford and wife Judy, of Seneca, SC, Steve Ledford and Tim Ledford, both of Asheville; step-daughter, Connie Elkins Bean, of Oak Harbor, WA; sister, Elizabeth Wright, of Asheville; brothers, Aley Ledford and wife Karen, of Oak Park, TX; fourteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Keith Hutchinson, Everett Haney and Sam Cole officiating. Interment will follow at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. His family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home. Memorials may be made to the Freedom Baptist Church Building Fund, 50 Rice Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Lee has always been a very fair man, and would go out of his way to help those around him. He is not just my Stepfather he was a father to me. He had no problem telling me what I was doing wrong or right. 🙂 And treated me no different than he would his own children. My heart goes out to each of the children. Carol, Teresa, Linda, Mike, Tim, Steven,and thier spouses. And to my Mother I would like to say I am so sorry I cannot be there, My heart aches with yours, I will miss him very much. Love to you all. Connie Elkins Bean Oak Harbor, WA

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  2. With Heartfelt Sympathy and to let
    you know we care for you at this most difficult time. May you find comfort in God’s Love.

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  3. I love you and will miss you. You were not only my dad but my best friend. We were fishing partners in life and will be forever in eternity.

    I love you…your son…
    Tim Ledford

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  4. We are sorry for your loss. Brother Lee was a dear friend, and I enjoyed the times of visiting with him and our fellowship. We will miss him, but so thankful that we will see him again. We are praying for your family.

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  5. I am going to miss my papow, The day my mom called me and told me that my papow excepted the Lord it was like a burden lifted off my shoulders cause now he is in heaven with the Lord. I will get to see him again someday. I love him and my prayers goes out to my aunts and uncles, sue.

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  6. I am so thankful that my Dad accepted the Lord. On Tuesday, January 16th 2007. God lifted the greatest burden that I have ever carried, we will see him again in heaven.

    He has a new body as God promises in the Holy Bible that has no more sickness and no more pain.

    I always told him when I went to the hospital to see him that I knew that there would be pizza and swimming pools in heaven because it would not be heaven without them. And he told me then there had to be a huge carp lake there cause swimming pools were worthless. 🙂

    Dad, we love you, you were one of the strongest people that we will ever meet and we are honored to call you Father.

    We will miss you so much,
    Linda and Mike

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  7. Mike & Judy,

    We are sorry for the loss of your dad. We did not know. It is a sadness so deep it is hard to explain. It is very comforting to know he is in the presence of Jesus. The pain will ease with time. We will lift you up in our prayers and thank you for yours. Friends from the past are hard to beat. Our best to you.

    Becky & Gary

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  8. Since the day I met you I knew you were one of a kind, I guess thats what made you special..I enjoyed every minute I knew you, and you will be missed for now for I will see you again one day..love dewayne

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  9. Teresa, We’re sorry to learn of your fathers death. Our thoughts and paryers are with you and your family. If Brenda or I can do any thing please let us know.
    Linda & Brenda

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  10. Mom called me this morning and told me about Uncle Lee’s passing. I know recently that his road had been tough and am glad that the suffering has ended. My condolences to all of you during this time of grief. I will always remember his love for fishing and his family. You will be missed Uncle Lee.

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  11. Papa Lee,

    Winnie the Pooh once said ‘ If ever there comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart and I’ll stay there forever’.

    Henry Ward Beecher said, ‘What the heart once owned and had, it shall never lose’.

    You will forever live in our hearts. We will miss seeing you in overalls, humoring us, and telling us all your fishing stories. We will also miss you giving us bubble gum! May you find peace by the still waters, and many, many trophy size carp!!

    You are a REAL VALENTINE, born on Valentine’s Day. We wish you a Heavenly Birthday!!

    We will not forget you and we will always love you.

    Amy, Greg, Sarah, Sydney, and Samantha

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  12. many right now are feeling the pain of lose and concern for those around us. No one knew that we were about to loose one of the special things in life but thats the beauty of it now we can keep going and hope for joy, and love, and faith and even maybe some more saddness because there has to be sorrow before light you have to fight to make things right, so instead of crying smile, instead of sitting run, instead of picking your nose go fishing thats what he would have wonted to do. Make life what you can while you are here because one of these days there will be NO MORE TIME and what will you do then.And hey for those in this faimley who over work them selfs and for our worry wart you guys chill because god has layed out a plan it has took me all these years to finally see it but its there and no matter what you do about it things happen when you least expect them.

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  13. At this time of sorrow
    may these truths sustain you’?
    Your loved one will always
    be as close as a memory
    and the God of all comfort
    will always be as close as a prayer

    With Deepest Sympathy, Sending our thoughts & prayers. With Love Katrina & Tommy Covan

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  14. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you and give you strength through this.
    Love
    Kashka & Charlie

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  15. DEAR TERESA,MIKE,AND FAMILY
    WE ARE SO VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR FATHER.I KNOW HOW DEARLY HE WILL BE MISSED. THE FAMILY WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS DURING THIS SAD TIME, AND WE ARE HERE FOR YOU IF YOU NEED US. WE LOVE YOU ALL. KENNY,SALLY,MAGGIE,CHARLIE, AND SALLYANNE

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  16. Teresa and Autumn,
    There are very few words that I could say that would help make this time any easier for you all. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything.

    Love,
    Jennifer
    Shayne and Tyler Fox

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  17. Tim

    We are so sorry for your
    loss we just found out about it. If there is any thing we can do please let us know

    Love
    Robert & Deb

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