Dr. Loren James Ledford - 1967-2009
Loren James Ledford, 42, of Ashland, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, in King's Daughters Medical Center following a brief illness.
He was born April 23, 1967, in Beaufort, S.C., to the late William Ledford and Janice Brown Ledford. He was also preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, B.B. and Alberta Brown, and his grandmother, Laura Ledford Seeber.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Amy Jones Ledford; a precious son, Preston Allen Ledford; and an adoring daughter, Bethany Nicole Ledford. Additional survivors include Aunt and Uncle Barbara and Paul Thomas, Aunt Wilma Brown, Aunt Jane Salyers and Aunt Ann McConnell. Important family members were his pets Bert and Scooter.
He established Ledford Family Care and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Above all he was a devoted husband, father and son. He was a caring doctor to thousands of patients. He was team physician to the Ashland Tomcats and a mentor to many medical students. He was passionate about everything he undertook.
Many of his medical honors include staff member of the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, Marshall University and Morehead medical schools; ACTC Distinguished Alumnus Award and "Outstanding Man" 1986-87; AMA Physicians Recognition Award; Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center Preceptor of the Year; American Academy of Family Physicians; member of the Ashland Area Health Alliance; the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority; Certificate of License and American Board of Family Practice Diplomat.
Funeral services honoring Loren will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at First United Methodist Church by Dr. Floyd Paris.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Thomas, Steve Gilmore, Ian Holbrook, Dr. Brian VanHoose, John Robert Miller, John Vincent and Andrew Wheeler.
Giving memorials will be Dr. Mary Reams, Dr. Garner Robinson, David Greene, Andrew Greene, Charlie Reliford and Ted Paluch.
Entombment will be in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Loren's memory may be sent to the Loren Ledford Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Town Square Bank, Midtown Branch, P.O. Box 2289, Ashland, KY 41105-2289 or a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhomes.com.