Rev. Herbert Harold Ledford, age 71, of Hiawassee, Georgia met Jesus face to face on Saturday, February 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Harold was born in Murphy, NC on September 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, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.
Visitation: Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Macedonia Baptist Church
Service: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Charles Holland, Rev. Doug Merck, Rev. Bradley Thomas, Rev. Josh Bennett officiating. Eulogy written by Brad Smith. Music provided by Frank Raper, Victoria Malone, David Bramlett and Josie Bradley.
Interment: Macedonia Cemetery following the service
Pallbearers: Butch Wright, Joe Rumfelt, Tim McClure, Rodney Thomas, Bo Bramlett, and Scott Hamilton.
Honorary Junior Pallbearers: Mason Thomas and Micah McClure
Honorary Pallbearers: Deacons of Macedonia Baptist Church
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Macedonia Baptist Church.