Selman LedbetterName: Selman Ledbetter
Date of Death: March 10, 2014
Age at death: 97
Selman A. Ledbetter of Bradenton died March 10, 2014. He was born November 1, 1916 in Jacksonville, FL and completed his schooling in Atlanta, GA. He attended Georgia Tech where he was an honors student and participated in many campus activities. He was president of Sigma Phi Epsilon and of the glee club. He graduated in 1940 with a degree in Industrial Management and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Artillery. He was called to active duty in May 1940 and married Mary G. Smith in Washington D.C., October 18, 1941. After five years he was relieved of active duty, but stayed in the active reserves and was retired a Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Ledbetter and his wife moved to Washington, D.C. where he owned and operated American Store Fixture Company, which later moved to Baltimore, MD. Mr. Ledbetter was a founding director of the National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers. He was a member of the Rotary in Maryland. Mr. Ledbetter and his wife moved to Manatee County in 1959 where he owned and operated Suburban Water Service until the county took it over in 1968.
They attended Whitfield Presbyterian Church where he served as Treasurer for five years. They were members of SaraBay Country Club for thirty years. They moved to Daytona Beach area in 1990 and returned to Bradenton and Freedom Village in 2003. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Ledbetter, his son, Kenneth ''Kip'' T. Ledbetter and daughter-in-law, Bobbi Ledbetter of Bradenton, and two grandsons, Brett and Christopher.
Services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Freedom Village Auditorium. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Freedom Village Scholarship Fund c/o Glenn Vergeson 6501 17th Avenue West, I-106, Bradenton, FL 34209. Online condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.