Mr. James Ralph Ledford, age 75 of Hiawassee, GA passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2011 following a period of declining health. He was born to the late D.L. and Bonnie Lee (Garrett) Ledford on June 10, 1935 in Hayesville, NC. He was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth Kary Ledford in 1964, Grover Ledford; sisters, Mary Frances Long and Teresa Ann Barnard. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Edwards; daughters, Lisa Dean, of Cumming, GA; Leslie Garland, of Cumming, GA; Melissa Wright, of Dallas, GA; Ramona Southern, of Jasper, GA; son, Kenny Ledford, of Cumming, GA; brothers Don Ledford, of Young Harris, GA; Everett Glen Ledford, of Blairsville, GA; sisters Doris Jones, of Blairsville, GA; Hilda Sue Parker, of Jasper, GA; Annie Lou Keys, of Blairsville, GA; twelve grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were held on Sunday January 16, 2011 at 2:00PM from the chapel of Banister Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Eller and Rev. Sam Price officiating. Music was provided by Donna Cochran and Sheila Eller. Pallbearers were: Tommy Ross Robinson, Perry Robinson, Dennis Prince, Bruce Garland, Charles Ledford and Ricky Allen. Interment was in Osborn cemetery. Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements.