Georgia Maxine Ledford McKinney, 72, of Rockwood, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Sunday, June 2, 2013.
She was the daughter of the late Theodore Dallas "Doc" and Annie Isabelle Ledford. She is survived by son, Dr. Ed Sunday-Winters and wife Patti; daughter, Emma McKinney Rowland and husband Cliff, all of Knoxville; and beloved grandchildren, Josh Winters, Will Winters and Hailey Rowland. She is also survived by brothers and sisters, John Ledford, Houston, Theo Ann Ledford Aytes, Crossville, Jim Ledford and wife Mary, Cookeville, and Connie Ledford Helton and husband Mike, Azle, Texas. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Virginia Winters Evans and husband Howard, Rockwood. She was loving aunt to Cherry, Kathy, Avery, Alvin, Candy, Angel, Wade, John, Patrick, Christy, Becky, Carol Ann, Eddie, Barry and Carl Sue. She thought of each of them as her own.
She was born in Ozone. She graduated from Crossville High School. She was a devoted member of Rockwood First Baptist Church. She set an example for her children to follow by working hard everyday and by caring for others. She was delighted when Ed married Patti and Emma married Cliff, because those two marriages would eventually lead her to her true calling of being a grandmother. Joshua, Will and Hailey were the great joys of her life. Words are not sufficient to express all that the arrival of these three meant to her. She made their lives richer and fuller with her unending love for each of them.
Her brothers and sisters, John, Theo Ann, James and Connie, meant the world to her, and she to them. Their companionship through her recent years of illness brought much meaning and pleasure to her.
She is survived by a lifetime of kindness shared, assistance offered and friendship given. She had a way of making those around her feel special.
"Her journey has ended now. She is at rest in the place prepared for her by one who promised to never leave her or forsake her," her family said. "The hardships and difficulties are over now, but her strength, her resolve and her faith remain as a testimony of what one woman trusting in God can overcome and endure.
The memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, in Rockwood First Christian Church, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. The Rev. Danielle Walker and the Rev. Brian Johnson of Ball Camp Baptist Church, Knoxville, will be officiating. Loudon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to Family Promise of Knoxville, P.O. Box 10184, Knoxville, TN 37939-0184.