Tonya' Ledford

tonya' ledford

May 3, 1963 ~ November 18, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Tonya’ René West Ledford, beloved wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend went home to be with the Lord November 18, 2023.

Tonya was born May 3, 1963 in Asheville, NC to Ronald West, Jr. and the late Barbara Gardner West.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years Kenneth Ledford; her daughter Allison Bradley (Cameron) of Black Mountain, NC, her son Kyle Ledford (Rebecca) of Fairview, NC, her brother Brian West of Fairview, NC; her father, Ronald West Jr. of Fairview, NC and one grandson, Judah Lee Bradley. Tonya’ will be cherished by many other family members and friends.

Tonya’ was a lifelong member of Fairview Baptist Church and a driver for Young Bus Company.

The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the staff of the Solace Center for the excellent, loving care they provided to Tonya’.

A funeral service with Pastor Todd Royal officiating will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 11:00 am at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the family receiving friends from 10 to 11 prior to the service.

Burial will follow at 1:00 pm at Tweed’s Chapel cemetery off Cane Creek Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church 32 Church Rd. Fairview, NC 28730.


Visitation: November 22, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Service: November 22, 2023 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704



Tweeds Chapel Cemetery
1359 Cane Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. I didn’t think the last time I’d see her would be at our high school class reunion. Lived across Garren Creek from each other a lot of years. I remember when we used to walk down the road to the neighbors. (Too dangerous to do that now) Things change and this is sadly one of them. She’ll be missed by many but was a blessing to many.

  2. To the sweetest classmate. Tonya I will miss you. We were besties in high school. You will be missed but not forgotten!

  3. I knew Tonya’ all my life. Softball, Girl Scouts, Bible mission with the Wilcoxsons. She was a wonderful woman. You will be missed my friend

  4. Ron Zoe and family Your family are in our prayers. Enjoyed the many trips to Clemson Football Thanks for being a part of my life. We will miss you. rs

  5. Kenneth, Allison & Kyle

    I am so sorry to hear about Tonya`s passing. She was always a friend to me. I enjoyed going on ladies retreats and singing in the choir at church with her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I find comfort knowing I will see her again in heaven.

    Myra Boone

  6. No words can express how saddened and broken hearted we are at the loss of our sister-in-law. She was a strong Christian and shared her faith with so many. She will be missed greatly. Kenneth, Allison and Kyle you are in our thoughts and you all so much

  7. Rev. John and Sadie Clements, We know Tonya was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, but she was in the hearts of the people of Bethany UMC of Fairview. We are saddened by the loss of Tonya. Through our prayers we lift Tonya and the entire family up to the Lord.

  8. Tonya will be truly missed. She was a pleasure to care for in the infusion center at Asheville gastro.
    My prayers are with her family.

  9. May God wrap his Loving arms around you all and comfort you in this difficult time. Praying for you all ❤

  10. Allison. So sorry to hear about your mom. I smile everytime I think of her at the FES basketball games. She was so proud of you. And you could tell what a good person she was just by the smile in her laugh. I will never forget the time at the Christmas Parade where she made the cheerleaders polka dot sweats to cheer in. I’m so sorry.

  11. I was in shock when Lyle told me about Tonya’. I remember the vacations, and Christmas, going out to eat every Friday night. I’ll live in those memories till I make it home to walk those streets of gold with her. I love you guys so much.

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