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Originally published: 2013-11-18 10:36:52
Last modified: 2013-11-18 10:37:37

Darrell Roger Ledford Sr.

Darrell Roger Ledford Sr., of Bakersville, took flight from his earthly home Friday evening Nov. 15, 2013, in the presence of his loving family and was accompanied by a band of angels to welcome him to his heavenly home.

He was the son of Jess and Donna Buchanan Ledford of Bakersville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Bruce R. Ledford. He was a member of McKinney Cove Baptist Church in Bakersville.

He spent his entire professional life in service to the youth of Mitchell County. After graduation from Lincoln Memorial University, he taught biology, history, and driver education in Mitchell County Schools. He was the last principal of Bowman High School and the first principal of the consolidated Mitchell High School. He also served as principal of Gouge Elementary. He served as Assistant Superintendent of Mitchell County Schools supervising the department’s testing program. Ledford was currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Mayland Community College, where he was chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. He felt a strong commitment to his heritage and chose to spend all of his personal and professional life serving his community.

Early in his career, he coached football and basketball at Bowman High School. His basketball teams won seven of eight Toe River Conference Championships and had a combined record 128 wins and 21 losses.

Ledford is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elwanda McCoury Ledford; and son, Darrell Roger Ledford Jr. (Scooter) of Elizabethton, Tenn.; brothers, Dr. Ted R. Ledford and wife, Eleanor, of Little Switzerland; Lee Roy Ledford and wife, Sue, of Bakersville. He is also survived by a large extended family of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews. He also leaves behind two special friends, Gin and J.C. Styles of Burnsville.

In addition to his professional life, he was an avid collector and was dedicated to his farm and farming. He and his wife, Wanda, along with their family and friends traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada exploring new places and sights.

Funeral services were held in Bowman Middle School Auditorium at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, with the Rev. Todd Ayers, the Rev. Larry Greene, and the Rev. Tim Fowler officiating. The family receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until the service time. Interment was 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Wilson Memorial Cemetery on White Oak Rd, Bakersville. Pallbearers were J. C. Styles, Wade Holder, Tommy Ledford, Doug Dellinger, Dickie McCoury, Patrick Phillips, Brian McKinney, Dale Dellinger, and Jess Ledford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, or Wilson Memorial Cemetery, c/o Dennis and Jessie McKinney, PO Box 722, Bakersville, NC 28705.

Henline – Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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