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Obituary for Roy Allen Ledford

Roy Allen Ledford was born in Alexandria, LA on July 24, 1958, to his parents Charles Roland and Rita Yvonne (Collins) Ledford. He was called HOME on Saturday, October 7, 2017, after suffering a long esophageal cancer illness.
When Charles left the Air Force, the family settled back on Black Ankle Road in Unionville. Roy attended St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church and School and then Linganore High School. Roy grew up an only child, but he was surrounded by his father’s 16 siblings and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Roy is survived by his wife of 24 years, Susan (Blumenberg) Ledford, his son Brodie Allen Ledford and wife Dara, his grandson Everett, his birth mother, Grace Bordelon Marchant, his half-sisters, Gwen Ames and Carmon Wantowski and husband Robert (“Ski”), mother-in-law, Marianne Blumenberg, brothers-in-law, Eric Blumenberg and wife Marian and son Eli, and Brian Blumenberg, and nieces and nephews, as well as many Ledford aunts, uncles and cousins and so many friends.
Roy was a member of Thurmont Church of the Brethren, Sons of the American Legion Squad 191 of Mt. Airy and the Improved Order of Red Men Chippewa Tribe 19 of Frederick.
Aside from music, he had worked as a carpenter, a janitor (in the Frederick County school system), and a supervisor at the Frederick Truck Stop until it was closed. He has had many disabilities since 2006.
Roy started playing the drums at about age 8. He would play with his uncle, Paul Ledford, and the “Rim Shots” at the Ridge Inn, where his parents were managers and then in other local bars. He then started playing with other local bands such as “Bill Fritz and the Rebel Rousers”, “Irene and the Country Rascals” about ages 13 to 16, Danny Ennis and “Clearwater” for a few months and “Country Caravan”, with Jeanie Class, when he played for a Carter inaugural ball. In January 1976, Sheriff Don Barnes wanted to hire Roy to play in his band, “Don Barnes and the Countrymen”, but Lloyd B. Brown called from California and Roy went to play with the “J. J. Gage Band” and stayed to about 1979. Once back in Maryland he played with Don Barnes, and opened for Merle Haggard and many other country music stars. He then played for “Allen Brown and the Wishing Well Band” from 1985/1986 to 1989. Roy would play during the summers with Don for the carnival circuit and winters with Allen for the winter dances, and then periodic dances with Allen at the Mt. Airy American Legion. The past 26 years Roy has played on and off with Allen Brown & Friends.
Roy then met Marty Haggard (son of Merle) at the Catoctin Zoo about 1984/1985 and played with him for several years. He then played locally with the “Rick Holley Band”. Bryant Linthicum, Roy and Scotty Williams then formed “South 40” in 1991 and had a great run for several years. Roy then joined Marty Naugle and “Hat Creek Country” in about 2003 until 2010. Roy was then a drummer for hire until July 2015, when he had to stop due to esophageal and throat cancer. Roy thought he had the cancer kicked in late 2016 and started to make a comeback. In January, 2017 Roy found out the esophageal cancer was back. His last two gigs were two of his best and he played his heart out.
Roy played on the Grand Ole Opry stage twice while working with Marty Haggard and once with “Don Barnes and the Countrymen” when they played in a contest, but “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” won the contest.
Roy’s life was his music and he was a well-respected drummer and person in the music community and by all who knew him. His legacy is on YouTube.
The family will receive friends at Hartzler Funeral Home, 11802 Liberty Rd., Libertytown 2-4 and 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Bill Caputo officiating.
In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial donation to the Patty Pollatos Fund at PPF Inc., c/o Debbie Williams, 22 S. Market St., Suite 3, Frederick, MD 21701 or to Thurmont Church of the Brethren, 14 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont, MD 21788.


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Visitation

Tuesday

10

Oct

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hartzler Funeral Home Libertytown

11802 Liberty Road
Fredrick, MD 21701

Visitation

Tuesday

10

Oct

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hartzler Funeral Home Libertytown

11802 Liberty Road
Fredrick, MD 21701

Service

Tuesday

10

Oct

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hartzler Funeral Home Libertytown

11802 Liberty Road
Fredrick, MD 21701


Memorial Contribution

Patty Pollatos Fund at PPF Inc. c/o Debbie Williams

22 S. Market St.
Suite 3
Frederick, MD 21701

Thurmont Church of the Brethren

14 N. Altamont Ave.
Thurmont, MD 21788
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