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Wanda N. Ledbetter

Wanda N. Ledbetter

Wanda N. Ledbetter was born September 28, 1932 near Magnolia, Arkansas. She is survived by her husband Roy Edward Ledbetter, children Lisa Gerhardt and Sam Ledbetter, grandson Jacob Gerhardt, great-grandsons Jack and Christopher Gerhardt and sister-in-law Barbara Gunnels. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Ruby Gunnels and brother James Gunnels.

Growing up in the country outside Magnolia, Wanda attended the Harvey C. Couch School in the community of Calhoun, Arkansas. Upon graduation, she attended Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University) where she met her lifelong companion Roy whom she married on January 24, 1952. After Roy completed active duty in the Navy, the couple moved to Camden where Roy coached football and Wanda worked for International Paper Company’s Woodlands Division. Later she managed the Ouachita Medical Clinic and the clinic for Drs. Jameson and Fohn. She also owned a clothing store, sold real estate with her friends Roxanne and Dennis Daniel and managed entertainment for the Highland Industrial Park guest house where her husband was employed. She was appointed to serve on the board of electrical examiners by Governor Bill Clinton when it was created in the 1980’s.

Wanda had a special ability to make friends anywhere she went and was always the brightest light of any gathering. She was devoted to her community and led a host of volunteer efforts including helping to organize the Camden Daffodil Festival, restoring the Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot as well as the Oakland Cemetery and was active in the Ouachita County Historical Society.

She and her husband attended the First United Methodist Church in Camden for over forty years.

Wanda was an expert gardener, and no tour of Camden’s many beautiful gardens was complete until it visited her yard. She was an exceptional cook who mastered any dish she put her mind to. To raise money for the railroad depot restoration, she helped collect recipes for the “Camden’s Back on Track” cookbook and contributed a number of her own recipes.

No tribute to her life would be complete without noting that she was a fervent Democrat and energetic campaigner, generous with her time and money. She proudly cast her final ballot for Hillary Clinton. Her “I’m a Yellow Dog Democrat” bumper sticker proved to be a great conversation starter when she moved to Little Rock in 2002.

Her devotion to family, friends and community was steadfast. Memorials can be made to a favorite charity.

Condolence Book

"Roy, Sam & Lisa,

Please accept our sincerest condolences. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Respectfully,

Scott & Jeanette Davies"

Scott Davies | Hot Springs, AR

"Aunt Wanda will always hold a dear place in my heart and will be greatly missed. Ruby and Archie have their babies back in the nest. I love you guys. "
Amanda Burka | Houston , TX

"Love you forever Nan.....THANKS for everything"
Jacob Polk Gerhardt | Birmingham , AL

"Roy, Sam and Lisa,
I am so saddened to learn of Wanda’s death. She was such a lovely lady and I have many fond memories of her and your family while living in Camden. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. "

Jim Hogg, Jr | San Francisco, CA

"My condolences to your wonderful family. I’ll always remember you as a friend. May you Rest In Peace. Al "
Al Melero | Sherwood, AR

"I loved Wanda from the moment I met her in 1991. She was smart, funny and a wonderful friend. I will miss her very much."
Thom Shock | LITTLE ROCK, AR

"Good speed Wanda. Enjoyed our talks! Much love to you and the family!
"

Harry Ledbetter Jr | Memphis, TN

"So sorry for your loss. I work at highland with her some she will be missed"
Lynne Venable | Camden, AR

"Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wanda was a thoughtful person.
"

Kathy Bowles Adcock | Camden, AZ

"Deepest sympathy to Mr. Ledbetter and family. Mrs. Wanda was one of kind. Remembering you in prayers."
Toni Holderfield | Farmerville, LA

"Roy, Lisa, and Sammy,

I am so sorry to hear about Wanda. Oh how I loved her. She was something else! She will truly be missed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with y'all."

Nancy Hogg Smith | Hollister, MO

"Wanda was such a special lady and was loved by so many. I was lucky to have known her in my lifetime. My thoughts and prayers to her family. "
Emily Massey | Fayetteville , AR

"Roy and all the Ledbetter family:Our deepest condolences. We regret not staying in contact over the years. Roy ,you and Wanda were big parts of our lives.Many happy memories. We send our love and sympathy. Bert&Bev "
bert & bev quinlan | camden ar

"You'll be missed ms. Ledbetter"
David Beason | Little rock, AR

"My deepest sympathy to each of you. May the love and the memories that you shared be of comfort to you. Our heavenly Father promises that he will restore life to many who have fallen asleep in death.  He assures us that the day is soon to come in which the tears of sorrow of death  will be no more.

Revelation 21:3-5
John 5:28,29"

Annette | Toledo, OH

"Love and prayers. "
Rose Burroughs | Maumelle , AR

"Wanda was one of my favorite customers at Roma's Beauty Shop in Camden. She was a complete joy to be around. Prayers for family."
Vicki Stafford | Arkadelphia , AR

"I remember Wanda most fondly as a loving friend and business partner as we worked so close on community projects in Camden as well as in the Real Estate business. I loved Wanda, she was like a sister to me and I will miss her more than words can say"
Jo Sutherlin Boerner | Sherwood, AR

"My sincere condolences for the loss of you dear love one. Please know that God made hope for the dead by sending his son Jesus Christ to die for us .
"God….will wipe out all tears from their eyes, and there will be no death, suffering, crying, or pain.”- Revelation 21:3,4.
Many millions of people who have dead in the grave will return to life in earth. By means of God kingdom, Jehovah will soon end the suffering of each individual.
(Matthew 6:9,10). If you would like to know more you can visit our website at www.jw.org ."

Elizabeth | tampa, FL

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