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Richard E. Ledford

Richard E. Ledford, Sr. was born November 5, 1933 in Atlanta, GA to Howard W. Ledford and Maggie (Phillips) Ledford. Richard had two older brothers who, along with his parents, preceded him in death. On June 28, 2000 he married Emily McDonald and they resided in Houston, TX until his death. His family includes a son, Richard, Jr., daughter Amanda and daughter Nita Lynn, who preceded him in death. Richard also had four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Richard completed his secondary education in Georgia and attended college in Greenville, North Carolina. Richard was in the property and casualty insurance industry for almost 40 years. He started his career as a crop-hail adjuster for America Fore Loyalty Group,(later Continental Insurance Companies) and retired as a branch manager of their Houston office, managing more than 250 employees. After retirement Richard worked as a consultant for several large insurance companies. Richard’s father was employed by the Central of Georgia Railway and from riding on the trains with his Dad, Richard developed a love of railroads. In his retirement Richard collected HO gauge rail cars and locomotives. He honed his woodworking skills and scratch-built structures to compliment his train layouts. He even built the “Emily Hotel” named after his wife for his layout of his “Rock and a Hard Place” railway. From his early days as a crop-hail adjuster he loved meeting and talking to people. He was interested in the people he met and made some lifelong friends. While Richard traveled for his career and missed his children, he loved them dearly and was proud of Richard, Jr., Amanda and Nita Lynn and their accomplishments in life. Richard will be missed forever but he leaves a legacy of compassion and kindness. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

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