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Mother of Gordon Perry Ledford and Tina Diane Ledford-De Witt
Jo Ann Ledford, 72, Big Bear City, CA, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, CA. Jo Ann had battled diabetes since 1989.
Jo Ann was born October 11, 1935 in Mitchell Co., NC. While still a child she and her family moved to Johnson City, TN. She graduated from Happy Valley High School and East Tennessee State College in 1959. She received several oratory awards for speeches including one which was recorded onto a record at WETB which had won her a trip to Washington D.C. Eventually, she worked in the family business, Francis Motor Sales/Francis Grocery on the Old Erwin Hwy (South Roan Street) in Johnson City, TN. She was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and was active in several local community projects such as Step Out for Diabetes. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, genealogy, traveling, reading and collecting books, and stamps. She was also a sponsor of the American Diabetes Association and the Step Out for Diabetes walks held in Southern California.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Virgie Ilo Street in 1997 and her father, Perry W. Francis, in 2001.
Survivors include one Son, one Daughter and one son-in-law: Gordon Perry Ledford of Jonesborough, TN, Tina Diane Ledford-De Witt & Elbert De Witt of Big Bear City, CA. Two brothers and one sister-in-law: Perry Francis Jr. of Jonesborough, TN, Robert Francis & Nora Tootsie Francis of Johnson City, TN.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Bear Valley Community Hospital in Big Bear City, CA and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, CA.
Services and burial will be held in Johnson City, TN, the date and time are being arranged with Woodall-Anderson & Dugger Funeral Services 423-928-2245.
Ex-Father in Law: G. B. Ledford (1889 - 1941)
Ex-Sister in Law: Erma Sue Ledford Hicks (? - 2011)
Great Great Grandfather: Thomas Street (1823-1864)
GGGGGGG Grandfather: Anthony Street (1710-1790)
GGGGGGG Grandmother: Elizabeth Brockman Street (1715-1793)
Roy Lee Ledford