Neil Thomas Ledford
Published 4:36 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Neil Thomas Ledford, 28, of Bristol, Va., went home to meet his Heavenly Father on Monday, December 5, 2022. Neil was born in Johnson City, Tenn., to Carolyn (Mann) Ledford Good of Elizabethton, Tenn., and the late Dennis Edward Ledford Jr. of Tennessee. In addition to his father, Neil was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jimmie Dale Mann, and his step-grandfather, James Simpson.
Neil was a faithful friend, with a kind, loving spirit and a very giving heart. He was good natured, funny, and loved his family very much, always making sure that they were taken care of and had what they needed.
From a young age, Neil displayed a wonderful work ethic and an interest in electronics, spending one summer working with NASA’s INSPIRE Nanotechnology Research program in San Juan, Puerto Rico through the STEM program at Oklahoma State University. After high school, Neil went on to work with the Avionics Department at Bell Helicopter, earning a five-year achievement medal for his exceptional work and dedication.
Neil loved photography and had a lifelong passion for fast cars, participating in local cars shows as an active member of Tri-Cities Cars and Coffee Club After Dark with his own Dodge Charger. He was also a member of Civil Air Patrol, graduating as a Cadet Major, and was a member of Celebration Church. In his spare time, Neil also enjoyed geology and hiking.
Those left to remember and cherish Neil’s memory include his mother, Carolyn Ledford Good and her husband Sean Good of Elizabethton; his sister, Allison Ledford Davies and her husband Harry Davies of Kingsport; his brother, Jared Ledford of Jonesborough; his grandparents, Janette Mann of Elizabethton, Jana Simpson of Johnson City, and Dennis Ledford Sr. and his wife Donna Graybeal Ledford of Gray; his uncle, Dale Ledford of Johnson City; and his aunts, Teresa Treadway, Lisa Germaine and her husband Dan Germaine, all of Elizabethton, and Jennifer Ledford France and her husband Dean of Jonesborough. Several other extended family members also survive.
A service to honor and celebrate Neil’s life and memory will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home in Elizabethton, Tenn., with Pastor Robert Russell of Celebration Church officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service.
The graveside service will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Pastor Josh Banks of Shepherd’s Rock Bible Church officiating. Active pallbearers will be Harry Davies, Chris Birchfield, Tim Compton, Caleb Meade, Dale Ledford and Kurt Germaine. Neil’s friends and coworkers from Bell Helicopter will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family would like to express appreciation to all of the friends, family, and churches who have provided care and support during this difficult time. Words of comfort can be sent to the Ledford family through tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, 211 North Riverside, Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423) 542-2232 is honored to serve the family of Neil Thomas Ledford.