James "Marvin" Ledford

Friday, October 14, 1932 - Monday, May 1, 2023

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of James "Marvin" Ledford  - 1932-2023

James “Marvin” Ledford of the Stamey Cove Community in Clyde went home to be with his Heavenly Father on May 1, 2023.

Marvin was born October 14, 1932, to the late Patton and Mabel Ledford of Fines Creek (Haywood County), NC.  After Living in Baltimore, Maryland for 4 years, his family moved back to Haywood County and settled in Chambers Mountain (Clyde).  He attended Clyde Highschool.

Marvin honorably and proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served from 1951-1955 and was in Naval Reserve from 1955-1959. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, United States Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal.

He met the love of his life in 1955 and loved sharing the story of his “love at first sight” experience as he saw her walking down a sidewalk as he drove by.  He and Clara Jo Boone Ledford would go on to spend almost 70 years together.  They enduringly called each other “Tweety’ and treasured their life on “their mountain” in Stamey Cove.  He loved sitting in “his chair” talking and taking in the views with her from their window.

Marvin is survived by a daughter, Kathy Ledford Keener (Carl), and a granddaughter, Carlin Keener Smith (Brad).  He was proceeded in death by a son, Steven Joe Ledford, and his sister Opal Ledford Ross, and his “Tweety.”

Marvin worked at Dayco Corporation for 32 years.  He loved going to Lake Fontana and he was an avid fisherman.  He loved to tell the same story with a smile, “we would head out after work on Fridays, and Clara would usually outfish me.”  He was a skilled mechanic and welder, taking pride in building trailers, heavy machinery, and working on all types of engines. He was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church.

Marvin had a strong work ethic which he attributed to his military service.  He was very determined, and frank. He loved discussing current (and past) events, (and never missed the news or newspaper).  He remained extremely independent (often seen with a chainsaw or a lawn mower) up until the last few years of his life.  Many described him as “tough as nails.” He was known for a no-nonsense demeanor, and though he presented with a tough exterior, he had a soft spot for his family, friends, and every animal he had ever met.

His family is comforted that he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior, and reunited with his precious “Tweety” and with other loved ones who have gone on before.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Silver Bluff Rehab, The Hermitage Memory Care of Sylva, and Four Seasons Hospice.

A funeral service with military honors will be held for Mr. Ledford at 3:00pm Sunday, May 7, 2023, in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation of Waynesville, NC.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Ledford family.



Condolences from family and friends

I am sorry for your loss, and grateful for Service to our country, veteran. RIP.
Ronald Morrow
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. (Steve's graduation class)
Pisgah Class of 1975
I am so sorry for your loss sweet Carlin. I will Pray for you and your family ♥️♥️
Glenda Jones
I know your grandad was proud of you Carlin. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss. Praise God for His graduation!
Dave and Dianne Smith
Kathy am so sorry in the Passing of your Dad. I must have missed your Mom's passing, A very sweet person that I loved. May all the Family be Blessed in this time of sorrow. My Love and Prayers to each family member
Ruby Crumpler