JJ Ledbetter, age 91, of Aberdeen died Friday, August 28, 2020 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst. 

He was born in Montgomery County to the late Andrew and Sally Dennis Ledbetter and spent most of his life living and working in Moore County. He served briefly in the US Navy and early in life was instrumental in starting the Aberdeen Rescue Squad. He was also a firefighter for the Southern Pines Fire Department, worked as a Moore County Sheriff’s deputy and also with the Aberdeen, Pinehurst, and Whispering Pines Police Departments. His last job was working as a heavy equipment operator. 

He was preceded in death by brothers Jack (Betty), Curtis (Juanita) and Roy (Ernestine) Ledbetter; sister Louise Phillips; and brother-in-laws Ray Tyndall and Ben Moody.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret McCrimmon Ledbetter; daughter Yvonne Kirk of Aberdeen; sister Betty Davis (Hubert) of Holden Beach, Opal Thompson (Roy) of Aberdeen, Glenna Tyndall of Aberdeen, Blondel Moody of Gastonia; son-in-law Gerald Kirk of Aquadale; grandchildren Amy Kirk of Aberdeen and John Kirk of Charlotte; beloved dog Frankie and great-granddog Gracie. 

A graveside service will be 11:00 AM Monday at Lakeview Cemetery with Pastor Steve Turner officiating. 

Services are entrusted to Powell Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at PinesFunerals.com





Graveside Service: August 31, 2020 11:00 am

Lakeview Cemetery
US Highway 1
Lakeview, NC 28350

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  1. Jay Bird … One kind and loving man. David has shared several sweet memories with me the last couple of days of the things Jay would do with him as he grew up. We loved you Jay and will miss you greatly but forever remember the memories.

  2. Jay you will be missed. I remember back in the day Mom bought a bushel of peaches and
    You were pealing them for the kids. Finally you had so many kids waiting for a pealed peach
    You said, “Well heck I am going to start pealing them on halves”.
    We always had a great time when you and Margeret came to visit. We love you, go rest high on that mountain.

  3. I love you uncle jay I’m going to miss you now you can party with your brothers and sister in-laws Love to all my family Teresa

  4. Uncle J you will be missed, I always enjoyed visiting you and Aunt Margaret growing up. I have memories of riding dirt bikes and shooting at your place, love and will miss you. Dell

    • I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.
      Hugs and Prayers.

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