: CHARLES “CHUCK” LEDBETTER - Charles “Chuck” W. Ledbetter – age 76, a resident of Shelby, NC, died at Kings Mountain Hospice House on May 27,2014. He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, on October 29th, 1937, the son of the late Nelson E. Ledbetter and Myrtle Smith Ledbetter. Chief Petty Officer Ledbetter served in the US Navy from 1956 until 1977. He served on the USS INTREPID during the ship’s deployment to retrieve astronauts. Chief Ledbetter also did 2 tours of duty aboard the USS DAVIDSON off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He served at the following naval stations: Naval Facility, Cape May, New Jersey; Naval Facility, Bermuda; Naval Communications Unit, Argentia, Newfoundland; Naval Communication Station, Morocco; and Naval Station, Charleston, South Carolina (two tours). For his service to his country in both peace and war he earned the following medals and awards: Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (with Four Bronze Stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with Three Bronze Stars), and Vietnam Campaign Medal (with Device). Chief Ledbetter loved to tell his “Sea Stories” and was very proud of his time in the US Navy. After his retirement from the US Navy, he worked as a communications technician. He loved to hike, and successfully hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mt. Georgia to Newfound Gap NC and from Unicoi, Tennesee to Damascus Virginia. He loved to spend time reading, fishing at the Outer Banks with his best friend Jim, traveling, working in his yard and always playing with his dogs. He was a wonderful loving husband and father to his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gary Ledbetter, his first wife Dianne Shipper. Chief Ledbetter is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Kathy Turner Ledbetter, and his children, Wayde and Terri Ledbetter, Dale and Myra Ledbetter, Rose and Eric Ray, Trent and Liz Hoyle, and Lacy Hoyle. He is also survived by several grandchildren: Tosha and Dennis Cole, Kaylin Ledbetter, Ashley Ledbetter, Devin Ledbetter, Raven Hoyle, Drew Hoyle, Ethan Hoyle, Dia Ray, Emma Ray, Robert Allard, and Davina Gibson, as well as his great grandchildren: Baylee Stroup, Gabe Stroup, Anna Cole, Jacob Cole, and Brooklyn Allard. He is also survived by his three loving dogs Oliver, Shadow, and Sally. The family would like to thank his Hospice team, Tara, Priscilla, and Terry and all the on call nurses for their professionalism and their compassionate loving care of our loved one, as well as the Kings Mountain Hospice House for their compassionate care in Chief Ledbetter’s final days.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Kings Mountain Saturday, May 31, 2014 3:00 P.M. Rev. Joe Turner, Jr., officiating. VISITATION: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. Saturday, May 31, 2014 prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
INTERMENT With Military Honors provided by the Marine Corp League Foothills Detachment: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or Cleveland County Humane Society, 1609 E. Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150