Mr. Weaver Earnest Ledford

Jun 09, 2013

Fines Creek — 1911-2013

Mr. Weaver Earnest Ledford, 102, of Fines Creek, passed away June 8, 2013 at Haywood Lodge.

Mr. Ledford was born on Jan. 21, 1911 in Haywood County to the late Jasper Ledford and Hattie McElrath Ledford Arrington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Opal Russell Ledford; a son Earnest Junior Ledford; a daughter Janette Rathbone; a great grandson Joshua Jron Ledford; brothers Oliver, Robert, Julius, Grover; a sister Iva; step brothers Noble, Norman, Vaughn, Ratio, Dennis, Manson, Way, and Amos Arrington; step sisters Lizzie Lowe, Roxie Clark, Fannie Woody and Eva Gunter; and his stepfather Robert Arrington.

Mr. Ledford was a farmer, loved to fish and was an avid Braves baseball and Duke basketball fan. He was a Christian soldier and faithfully served his Lord and was a long time member of Panther Creek Baptist Church. He was known to most as “Papaw,” and if he ever met a stranger, they soon became his friend.

Survivors include his daughter-in-law Shelba Jean Ledford of Conover; grandchildren Rex A. Ledford and his wife Cynthia of Hickory, Leesa L. Bolick and her husband James of Claremont, Charles Rathbone and his wife Sharon of Waynesville; great-grandchildren Stephanie L. Ledford, Andrew A. Ledford, Aundrea S. Fleury, Tiffany S. Allison; great-great-grandchildren Kiersten L. Fleury, Hayden S. Fleury, Dylan M. Allison, Katie M. Allison; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Panther Creek Baptist Church, where Mr. Ledford will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

Burial will follow at Fines Creek Memorial Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Panther Creek Baptist Church. Garrett Funerals and Cremations is assisting the family.