Lou Montgomery Graves Ledford, 97, of Murphy, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at Murphy Rehab & Nursing after an extended illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, and the daughter of the late Waysell and Birdie Hartness Montgomery.
She was a seamstress most of her life, retiring from Levi Strauss Company. She loved to quilt, work in her garden, canning her green beans and taking care of her farm animals. She enjoyed milking her cows and gathering eggs, and most of all feeding her family from the fruits of her labor. She would churn her own butter and at one time sold butter, milk and eggs locally.
She was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Garland Graves Sr., a World War II veteran, and Winfred Ledford; two sons, Jerry Graves and Jimmy Graves; one daughter, Juanita Killian; one grandson, Jeremy Graves; one brother, Ray Montgomery; and three sisters, Betty West, Edith Martin and Hazel Cornwell.
She is survived by sons, Garland Graves Jr. and wife Nina of Murphy, Johnny Graves and wife Debbie of Nokomis, Fla., and Jamie Graves and wife Suzie of Etowah, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Barbara Graves of Andrews; daughters, Judy Griggs and husband Robert of Murphy, Janet West and husband William of Andrews, and Jackie Graves of Murphy; one sister, Faye Hall of Murphy; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Warren Golden and Dr. Eddis Dockery officiated. Music was provided by Kathy Gentry and Steve and Blanche Coleman. Burial was in the Grape Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Floyd Worley, George Sneed, Robert Griggs, Paul Hall, Jeff Martin and Levi Killian.
The family received friends from noon-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Murphy.
You may send tributes to the Ledford family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.