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Rev. Frank F. Ledford, 87, of Mt. Airy, GA, formerly of Murphy, died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at his residence. He was a native of Cherokee County, but had been living in Habersham County, GA for the past seven years. Frank had worked as a pipe fitter, and was a Baptist minister retiring from Grace Baptist Church in Doraville, GA. He was also a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Commerce, GA.

He was the son of the late William Ervin and Zadie Flora Loudermilk Ledford and the husband of the late Parilee Haney Ledford, who died September 30, 1966.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Stockton Mize; three daughters, Doris Raper and husband, Goldman of Murphy, Betty Louise Singleton of Lawrenceville, GA, and Gail Howard and husband, Dennis of East Sparta, OH; a step-son, Kale Mize of Clarkesville, GA; seven grandchildren, Todd Howard of Louisville, OH, Kimalee Tomblin of East Sparta, Jarrette Leonard of Rockmart, GA, Kathy Cliff of Athens, GA, Glenda Ware of Blue Ridge, GA, and Joann Moore and Debbie Brown, both of Murphy;  and 16 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, November 8 in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with Dr. Robert Driggers, Rev. Parker Burgess, and Rev. Enoch Martin officiating. Interment was in the New Martins Creek Baptist Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Charles and Kenny Ledford, Todd and Jesse Howard, Nathaniel Tomblin, and Jarrette Leonard.  Kale Mize served as honorary pallbearer.

The family received friends from 6-8 Monday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

#6 Guest 2011-11-09 00:40
Bro. Frank was a dear friend of our family. He performed the marriage ceremony of my mother and father in 1971 and then their vow renewal ceremony 30 years later. I have many good memories of Bro. Frank as a child at Grace Baptist Church. In more recent years, I have been called into the ministry myself, and he would always tell me "Stay true to the Word of God no matter what". I know many will miss him, but I know he is happier now than he has ever been. I remember many, many times he would make reference to one day seeing his beloved wife again in heaven...that day has come. May God bless the family and the many people that were led to the Lord through him.
#5 Guest 2011-11-08 18:30
Uncle Frank was an awesome man of God. Always an encourager. He left a great imprint on our lives & many , many others as well....forever in our hearts and we know we will meet again in Heaven.

Ted & Mary Campbell( Tom Campbell's son)
Talbott, TN
#4 Guest 2011-11-08 09:16
As a 16 & 17 year old newlywed the Lord put Bro. Frank Ledford in our life. Not only was he instrumental in our Spiritual life but, the training of our children and how we love each other today is contributed to him. For he genuinely loved and cared for people and that was the key in winning so may people to Christ. Something that we have lost so much of in today's time. We now have 5 married children and 11 grand babies. Our son is a preacher and 3 of the 4 girls are married to preachers. Is our family perfect ? No. But alot of who we are we can thank Bro. Frank for . We have truly lost a prayer warrior - one who prayed for this entire family daily for many years. Thank God for a funeral, an old "orange bug" a Hershey candy bar and a $5.00 bill. This world has lost a TRUE MAN OF GOD ! Darlene Harrelson
#3 Guest 2011-11-07 18:59
Dear Family,
We were very sorry to hear about your lose.
Both my family and the church family are
praying for all of you.

Pastor Don Padgett of Temple Baptist Church
Murphy, NC
#2 Guest 2011-11-07 16:51
My prayers are with you and your family. I was a member of Grace Baptist Church when I was a child. I was saved while I was there under Pastor Frank. He moved up here to Jackson County for a while and we got to see him a lot. I will never forget him and the impact he had on my life. May the Lord bless each of you in this time. Love in Christ, Carol
#1 Guest 2011-11-07 10:27
I loved Uncle Frank very much. I didn't get to see him but three times in later years, although I did talk to him on the phone once.

When I was growing up I was around him a lot.
I used to follow him around and asked him to make up rhymes.

I probably won't be able to attend the funeral. My husband is sick and I have a heart problem that tires me quickly.

Love to all my cousins,

Norma Jean Ledford Weisgerber
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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