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Amory â€“ Robert Marcellus Ledbetter, father, grandfather, and brother, died on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Oaktree Plantation after an extended illness.
Born on March 31, 1919, in Vina, Ala., he was a son of the late Charles A. and Peggy Weatherford Ledbetter.
Mr. Ledbetter was a lumberman, an employee of True Temper of Amory and owned his own fabric business for many years. He was a deacon and member of First Baptist Church of Amory for over 50 years. Mr. Ledbetter enjoyed farming, gardening, carpentry work and his church.
A retired U.S. Army veteran, he honorably served his country in France and Germany during World War II. Mr. Ledbetter received the Bronze Star, Infantryman Army 1st Award, Occupational World War II Army Medal, Qualification Badge Combat Medal, and Victory World War II Medal.
He is survived by his children, Robert M. â€śMarkâ€ť (Nancy) Ledbetter of Tupelo, Peggy (Ronald) Parham of Hatley, Rev. Tom (Donna) Ledbetter of Wilmington, Del., Celia (Mickey) McDonald of Baton Rouge, La., Karen (Billy) Tiffin of West Point, and Rev. Terry (Marla) Ledbetter of Tupelo; brother, Burdette â€śBuddyâ€ť (Becky) Ledbetter of Jasper, Ala.; sister, Bertha Ross Williams of New Orleans, La.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; step-children, Robert (Connie) Marion of Randolph, N.J., Rebecca (Doug) Frields of Powatan, Va., and Pam (Anthony) Crvich of Portland, Oreg.; and several step-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Mary Helen Pate, Marcelle Caldwell, and Mary Jeane Ellis Marion; brothers, Coatsworth, Charles, Billy, Douglas and John Ledbetter; sisters, Eva Wilson and Maggie Frederick; and a grandson-in-law, Brent Poor.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tim, Clayton, Andrew and Aaron Ledbetter; Mark, Clint Alan, and Tyler Clay; Clint McNinch; John Miller; and William and Thomas Tiffin.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Oaktree Plantation, Amory and the staff of Legacy Hospice.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821, Northstar Church, P. O. Box 750, Saltillo, MS 38866, Gideons International, Tupelo North Camp, P. O. Box 1073, Tupelo, MS, 38802, or to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements for the Ledbetter family are in the care of E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory.