Robert Jerald Ledbetter

Athens, Georgia

1947 - 2018


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Robert Jerald Ledbetter, 70, died in Athens, Georgia on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. Jerald was born October 15, 1947 in Livingston, Tennessee, to the late Robert Howard Ledbetter and Edith Alene (nee Davis). The family moved to Jackson, Tennessee shortly...

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I first met Jerald in 1976 while we were both doing archaeology at the Fort Loudoun site. When we both landed in Nashville that fall working on separate lab projects for the state of TN, we roomed together, first in an apartment and then in an abandoned farm house. I remember Jerald as having a passion for nature, especially bird watching and caving and also for archaeology. He was perhaps the one of the last of his kind with regards to forging an archaeological career without any formal...

When we were younger in Jackson, I spent countless enjoyable hours with Jerald--going birding at dawn to the natural places he sought out, playing basketball in his back yard, and later many hours playing tennis. For a big man, Jerald was light on his feet on the tennis court. "Quiet and gentle" definitely describes him, but with an inquiring, quick mind. His friendship was special to anyone privileged to become his friend, and I'm saddened to find that the world has lost him. My...

I'm so sorry for your loss Lisa. Jerald was a great guy, and he took such good care of you last year. Cherish your memories...Love

Lisa, condolences to you and your family. After knowing Jerald for so long, I can truly say he was a wonderful person. I will miss him too.

I am saddened to hear of Mr. Ledbetter's passing. I enjoyed interacting with him and talking with him at our Archaeology meetings. Our meetings will not be the same without his presence.

Sincerely,Karen Vandiver
President of the Augusta Archaeological Society

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.