On February 5, 2018, Jack "Daniel" Ledford flew for the first time. He always commented "if God had intended for him to fly, he would have given him wings," and he has received his wings. Daniel was a native of McDowell County and was born on October 27, 1939 to the late Lester and Polly Turner Ledford.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Crawley Ledford who passed away on May 27, 2017; and two brothers, Elmer and Paul Ledford. He was a true outdoorsman that loved working bees, gardening, logging, coon hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with family especially over a meal. He had comparisons for his daughters : Joann, "(Jodie) the fixer", Carolyn "most like mama" and Edna "the baby".

Left to cherish Daniel's memory are three children, Joann Spaleta (Jack) of Charlotte, Carolyn Slaughter (Jerry), of Asheville and Edna Jane Bickett (Joe) of Richmond, Virginia. Also surviving Daniel are eight grandchildren, Jessica Spaleta, Jordan Slaughter, Cayla Slaughter, Jessica Bickett, Nathan Bickett, Daniel Bickett, Addison Slaughter and Jeff Spaleta; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to honor Daniel's life will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Beam Funeral Service with Reverend Rick Wood officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will take place at McDowell Memorial Park with the United States Army providing military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McDowell Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Rd., Marion, NC 28752 (c/o Marion Nutrition for Seniors - Nix Creek Route.) Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Ledford family.

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