Rollie White Ledbetter, 84

Rollie White Ledbetter, 84, of Melvin, died Friday, Jan. 4 in San Angelo following several months of illness. Born April 8, 1917 in Pasche (a small community once located halfway between Melvin and Eden that is no longer in existence), he was the son of Texanna Smart and Claude C. Ledbetter. He was the namesake for his father’s business partner, George Rollie White of Brady. The family maintained homes at the ranch as well as in Brady where Rollie White and his brothers and sisters were educated. He served in the infantry in Europe during World War II. Following the end of the war, he began ranching on part of the original Ledbetter Ranch, and he continued ranching there for the rest of his life. He highly valued his awards for top quality pens of Brangus calves at various cattle sales, and he was a charter member of the Brangus Cattle Association. In addition to cattle, he raised fine quality Quarter Horses and sheep for many years. He loved his land and the life of a rancher. He could never imagine doing anything else. Survivors include his wife, Mary, of San Angelo; a sister, Maxine White Jones of Brady and Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Latham Ledbetter of Melvin and Billie Weatherby Ledbetter of Goldthwaite; two nieces, Paula White Folsom of Keller and Lea Anne Ledbetter Sorrell of Melvin; four nephews, Jon Talbot White of Rowlett, Claude Kerry White of Dallas and Vernon L. Ryan II and James W. Ledbetter, both of San Angelo; and numerous cousins, great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special cousins, Johnnie L. Carter and Golda Foster, both of San Angelo and special neighbor/friends, Bobby and Billy Turner of Melvin. His sister, Mary Lou Ryan of Brady; and his nephew, Claude Allan Ryan of San Angelo, recently preceded him in death. A private memorial service was held at Johnson’s Funeral Home in San Angelo.

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