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Mr. Derrick Lewis Ledbetter, son of the late Morgan E. Melton and Betty Ledbetter Sturdivant, was born into this world on April 19, 1972.  God in His infinite wisdom called him home on April 09, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center-Main, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Derrick was employed by Consolidated Metco Inc. in Monroe, North Carolina until his health failed him.

If you knew “Wildman” he was loving, strong, took care of his family, and as real as it gets.

Derrick is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Georgianna Ledbetter; paternal grandfather, Dewitt Melton; aunts, Annie Belle Medley and Marie McIver; and uncles, Curtis Ledbetter, Paul Ledbetter, and Robert Ledbetter.

Derrick leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife, Chanel Redfearn Ledbetter of the home, one daughter, Destiny Kyele’ Ledbetter of the home, one son, Derrick Lewis Ledbetter, Jr., Wadesboro, NC; mother, Betty Ledbetter Sturdivant, Wadesboro, NC; one sister, Nefertia Ledbetter, Wadesboro, NC; grandmother, Lucille Melton, Morven, NC; father and mother-in-law, Fulton and Carol Redfearn, Wadesboro, NC; two sisters-in-law, Victoria Copeland and Coretta Copeland Smith (Haywood), Wadesboro, NC; one brother-in-law, George Dunlap (Jackie), Wadesboro, NC.

Six uncles, James Ledbetter, Polkton, NC, BJ McCoy (Lou Etta), Lancaster, SC, Lewitt Melton (Mary), Wadesboro, NC, Calvin Melton, Lilesville, NC, Richard Melton, Charlotte, NC and Tyler Redfearn, Wadesboro, NC; fourteen aunts, Fannie Mae Ledbetter, Wadesboro, NC, Mondru Walton, Wadesboro, NC, Rosetta Ratliff, Polkton, NC, Georgia Teal, Wadesboro, NC, Bobbie Lindsey, Wadesboro, NC, Cheryl Little (Lorenzo), Charlotte, NC, Carol Davis (Thomas), Charlotte, NC, Angela Melton, Morven, NC, Montina Redfearn, Wadesboro, NC, Minnie McRae, Wadesboro, NC, Hazel Marshall (Kenneth), Lilesville, NC, Lucille Carelock (Lee Edward), Wingate, NC, Rebecca Copeland, Morven, NC and Hazel Salters, Greensboro, NC.  A host of cousins and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 14, 2017, 1:00pm, Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.  Burial will follow in the family plot of Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery, Wadesboro, North Carolina.

The Ledbetter Family will greet family and friends at the residence and on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 12:30-1:00pm, Smith's Memorial Chapel.

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  • Sunday, April 09, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Chanel & Family I am sorry for your loss, Keep God in you heart and Derrick will be there also..Today, tomorrow and forever. When you miss him think of the things you had fun doing with him. Talk about it to each other and let God do the rest..Love you Linda
    ~ Linda WIlson   Sanford, NE
  • Friday, April 14, 2017
    DJ and all have been in our thoughts and prayers. We send our condolences. know we love you and are here for you. You are a true example of a loving son! Praying for peace and comfort.
    ~ Jackie&Christie Liles   Wadesboro, NC
  • Monday, April 10, 2017
    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Derrick. But, to be absent from the body means his soul is present with our Lord & Savior. Our continued prayers are with you all.
    ~ Nikki Harrington-Bennett   Wadesboro, NC
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    Channel and family you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We are praying that God will strengthen you each day, during this time. Much Love to you all.
    ~ Millicent Webster   Pooler, GA
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    Channel and family you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We are praying that God will strengthen you each day, during this time. Much Love to you all.
    ~ Millicent Webster   Pooler, GA
  • Thursday, June 15, 2017
    We can look forward to the day when there will be no more sickness and death. Revelation 21:4 says: "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes; and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! Isaiah 33:24; 1 Corinthians 15:26)
    ~ Rachel Morton