Edward Mervin Ledbetter, 79, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in Bowie, TX.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 21, at White Family Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Osborne officiating.
Ed was born Dec. 20, 1939 in Gorman, TX to Thomas and Lois (Robertson) Ledbetter. He graduated from Albany High School in the Class of 1959. Ed married Carolyne McCart on Nov. 10, 1984 at Baptist Chapel in Plano, TX.
Ed served in the National Guard in the 60’s and was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile crisis for jungle training in South Louisiana swamp lands.
Ed was an avid outdoors man, and loved to hunt, fish and play golf.
In high school, Ed participated in FFA for two years, he was on the State Football Championship Team in Albany, TX in 1958. At only 165 pounds, he played both first string offensive and defensive tackle for four years as he was extremely quick and fast.
In 1957 and 1958 Ed won Tennis Bi-State and was awarded a college scholarship. Sadly he was unable to accept his scholarship due to his father’s untimely death. Ed was the oldest son and took over his father’s Conoco Service Station to support the family.
In 1958 he worked on the Coody Ranch in Caddo, TX. Following, Ed worked for Texas Instruments in California and Dallas. Ed’s greatest career achievement was Ledbetter Foundation, his hugely successful construction company in the Dallas Ft. Worth area for 20 plus years.
In his later years Ed worked at WalMart in Bowie,TX for 20 years. Ed cherished his family and always took pride in the upkeep of his ranch.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Thomas Franklin Ledbetter and Carl Gene Ledbetter.
Ed is survived by his wife Carolyne Ledbetter of Bowie; daughter Michelle Albanese of Austin, son Paul McPherson and daughter-in-law Shannon of Austin; and grandchildren Jeff, Austin, and Krystalynn; brothers Floyd Ledbetter and wife Martha Jane of Sunset and Carroll Dean Ledbetter and wife Rebecca of Abilene; sister Verna Brister and husband Z.L. of Abilene; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie. PD