Rita Payne Ledford, 91, of Hiddenite, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at her home.
Rita was born July 13, 1931, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late J. Stamey Payne and Mamie Stine Payne.
She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College and taught in the Alexander County Public School System. She was a very active member of Hiddenite United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the choir and United Methodist Women. After her retirement from teaching, she took up oil painting for which she won numerous awards. She also enjoyed gardening and swimming in the family pool.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey C. Ledford, Jr.; and her sisters, Leota Hoke and Alva Hoke.
Those left to cherish and honor her memories include her son, Don H. Ledford and his wife RoJeana of Winston-Salem, and a number of family and friends.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2022, at Hiddenite United Methodist Church. Rev. Greg Lee and Rev. Ray Tavenner will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hiddenite Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the Hiddenite United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to Hiddenite United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the family of Rita Payne Ledford.