Robert Richard Ledbetter, PhD.

October 29, 1931 - November 13, 2017
Robert Richard Ledbetter, PhD.

Robert Richard Ledbetter, Ph.D., age 86, died peacefully at his home in Wilmington North Carolina in the presence of his devoted wife Edythe on Monday, November 13, 2017. A native of Winder, Georgia, Dr. Ledbetter served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After his discharge Dr. Ledbetter made his home in the Washington D.C. area where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Maryland. Following his studies he taught English Literature to generations of college and high schools students.  He and Edythe retired to Wilmington in 1998. He was a loyal member of the Wilmington YMCA, whose members provided good fellowship, and with his wife was a parishioner at St.Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the men’s spiritual formation group.

He is survived by his wife Edythe; beloved son Erik, daughter-in-law Lynn, and grandson Owen of Rockville, Maryland; and his brother Harold Joe Ledbetter of Winder, Georgia.  Additionally he is survived by his sister-in-law Violet Bloomer and niece Jennifer Bloomer of Wilmington, and numerous other sisters-in-laws, nieces, and nephews scattered throughout the United States.

Services will be held at St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound on Saturday, December 9, 2017, with a reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Wilmington YMCA of southeastern North Carolina, P.O. Box 3469, Wilmington, NC 28406.

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