ADDIE KING LEDFORD, SUBJECT OF BOOK, DIES
LANCASTER -- Addie King Ledford, who with her husband was the subject of a prize-winning book, died Saturday at Stanford Nursing Home in Lancaster. She was 102.
The book about Mrs. Ledford and her husband, C.B. Ledford -- who died at 106 in 1983 before the book came out -- was titled Generations: An American Family. Written by John Egerton and published by the University Press of Kentucky, it chronicled the Ledfords' family history, covering nine generations.
In 1984, the book won Berea College's W.D. Weatherford Award, given to works about Appalachia, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Mrs. Ledford, who was born Jan. 25, 1885, was a native of Harlan County and had been married for 79 years.
She was an 1899 graduate of Black Mountain Academy in Evarts and attended Lincoln Memorial University in Cumberland Gap and Berea College.
A former school teacher, Mrs. Ledford taught in Harlan County for three years and in Garrard County for one.
She is survived by three sons, C.B. Ledford Jr. of Mount Sterling, Carl Ledford and Herbert Ledford, both of Somerset; five daughters, Eloise Beatty of Boulder, Colo., Lucille Smith of Toledo, Ohio, Dorothy Jackson of Danville, and Tillie King and Gwen Gastineau, both of Lancaster; three half-sisters; 32 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ramsey Funeral Home, Lancaster. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today.
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
December 14, 1987