Curtis Burnam "Bill" Ledford Jr., a prominent retired Montgomery County businessman, banker and farmer, died yesterday at Mary Chiles Hospital in Mount Sterling from injuries received in a two-car accident. He was 92.
    Mr. Ledford was pronounced dead about 12:35 p.m., Montgomery County Deputy Coroner Joe Manning said.
    Mr. Ledford's son, Bill Ledford, said his father apparently drove out of a Kroger parking lot and into the path of an oncoming car on the Mount Sterling Bypass.
    The other car struck Mr. Ledford's car on the driver's side, his son said. Mr. Ledford's wife of 67 years, Joan Enoch Ledford, 88, was injured and hospitalized.
    The elder Ledford spent much of his career in the grocery business, running A&P Food Stores in Lexington and Mount Sterling, before opening Ledford's Market in Somerset. After a stint in the Navy during World War II, he became a partner in Enoch Glove Manufacturing Co. in Mount Sterling, a business that was in his wife's family.
    He also was a former president and longtime director of Montgomery National Bank in Mount Sterling and had been an Angus cattle breeder. He liked to trade knives in his spare time.
    Mr. Ledford was a former chairman of the Mount Sterling city school board and had been a state school board head.
    A Garrard County native, he was one of 13 children of C.B. and Addie King Ledford, who lived to be 106 and 102, respectively.
    An award-winning book chronicling several generations of the Ledford family was published in the mid-1980s. The book, written by John Egerton and published by the University Press of Kentucky, was titled Generations: An American Family.
In addition to his wife and son, who lives in Mount Sterling, Mr. Ledford is survived by another son, John Ledford of Atlanta; two daughters, Polly Hawkins of North Middletown and Sally Watkins of Louisville; a brother; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements were pending at Taul Funeral Home in Mount Sterling.

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
August 10, 2001