He was born July 21, 1927, in DeKalb County to the late Charles Tindell and Maybelle Alexander Ledford. He was an auto body repairman, a Baptist minister and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed ginseng hunting, gardening and fishing. He loved witnessing for the Lord.
He was preceded in death by: an infant son, William Ernest Ledford; a brother, Doyle; two sisters, Barbara and Faye; two half brothers, Alvin and Charles W.; and two half sisters, Mary Helen and Frances.
He is survived by: his spouse of 63 years, Lois Stockton Ledford; five children, Charles “Chuck” Ledford and wife Kathy of Clayton, Sandra Miller and husband Jerry of Lancaster, S.C., Karen Biddix and husband Don of Sylva, N.C., and Diane Shields and husband Allan and Floyd Ledford and wife Kim, all of Franklin; a brother, Larry Ledford and wife Helen of Toccoa; 10 grandchildren, Chris Ledford, Jeff Keener, Robbie and Brandon Miller, Angie Shook, Donna Cogdill, Becky Bryson, Crystal Anders, Daniel Shields and Emily Parris; and 16 great‑grandchildren, Danielle, Zane, Christopher, Jacob, Keith, Natasha, Toby, Andrew, Trevor, Paige, Trenton, Katelyn, Trinity, Elijah, Isaiah and Olivia.
Funeral services were held Sunday in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with the Revs. Donald Biddix and Alton Dendy officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chris Ledford, Daniel Shields, Keith Mathis, Jeff Keener, Chip Cogdill and Joey Bryson. Franklin VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 performed full military graveside rites.
Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.