Rev. Herbert Harold Ledford
Rev. Herbert Harold Ledford, 71, of Hiawassee, Ga., met Jesus face to face on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Harold was born in Murphy on Sept. 18, 1945 to the late Earl “Pop Daddy” and Vennie “Judy’s Mama” (McNabb) Ledford. Harold served as Pastor for Macedonia Baptist Church for 30 years as of this February, but his work extended far beyond the walls of Macedonia, he was lovingly known in the community as “Preacher Ledford” and often referred to as the community pastor. He was a man of his word, often selflessly serving others in their time of need.
Preacher Ledford served as a trustee at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home and was on the executive board for the Georgia Baptist Convention. He has driven a school bus for Towns County for 30 years.
In previous years he was a volunteer firefighter in Habersham County. While Preacher Ledford was well known for his kind heart and willingness to help the people of Towns County and surrounding areas, he took great pride in being a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family and was enthusiastically involved in his grandchildren’s life, attending and supporting their athletic and artistic activities.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Eulene Lanning and Elva Dean Gunn.
Survivors include his loving wife, Viola Stewart Ledford; daughters and sons-in-law, Lora Ann and Tim McClure, of Catawba, Va. and Dodie Lynn and Rodney Thomas, of Baldwin, Ga.; grandchildren, Megan, Morgan and Micah McClure and Maddie and Mason Thomas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Willaree and Thomas Johnson, of Cornelia, Ga, Brenda and Frank Raper, of Mt. Airy, Ga., and Judy and Lanny Word, of Greenwood, S.C.; a host of nieces, nephews and friends also survive.
Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 with Reverends Charles Holland, Doug Merck, Bradley Thomas and Josh Bennett officiating. Eulogy was written by Brad Smith. Music was provided by Frank Raper, Victoria Malone, David Bramlett and Josie Bradley.
Interment was in the Macedonia Cemetery following the service.
The pallbearers were Butch Wright, Joe Rumfelt, Tim McClure, Rodney Thomas, Bo Bramlett and Scott Hamilton. The honorary junior pallbearers were Mason Thomas and Micah McClure. Honorary pallbearers were the Deacons of Macedonia Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Macedonia Baptist Church.