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In Memory of

Robert Harbin Ledbetter

September 24, 1935 - May 10, 2017

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Mr. Robert Harbin Ledbetter, Sr., age 81, Rome, GA, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Bob was born in Rome on September 24, 1935, son of the late Allison Woodville Ledbetter, Sr. and Rosa Harbin Ledbetter. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Allison W. Ledbetter, Jr.

Bob was a graduate of Culver Summer School, Darlington School, and Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He earned a B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958. Following his graduation he proudly served his country as a Lieutenant...

Mr. Robert Harbin Ledbetter, Sr., age 81, Rome, GA, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Bob was born in Rome on September 24, 1935, son of the late Allison Woodville Ledbetter, Sr. and Rosa Harbin Ledbetter. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Allison W. Ledbetter, Jr.

Bob was a graduate of Culver Summer School, Darlington School, and Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He earned a B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958. Following his graduation he proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga.

Upon his return to Rome, Bob joined his father's company and built a successful career in highway construction, mining, and real estate development, serving as president of Ledbetter Brothers, Inc. and vice president of L.B.I. Quarries, Inc.

A determined entrepreneur, Bob was co-founder of First Rome Bank and Georgia State Bank of Rome, both ultimately acquired by Regions Financial. He served on the Board of Directors of Echota Realty Company, Shorter Realty Company, Chesapeake International, and numerous real estate partnerships. Bob was a former owner of the Atlanta Flames and Atlanta Hawks professional sports teams, and also served on the boards of Omni Coliseum Promotions, Inc. and Atlanta-Fulton County Management Company.

In 1988 he formed R. H. Ledbetter Properties, Inc., now R.H. Ledbetter Properties, LLC, to develop and manage commercial real estate investments, which currently total some 2 million square feet in the Southeast.

Bob has served and participated in a number of civic and business organizations including Georgians for Better Transportation, Rome-Floyd Industrial Development Commission, Rome Rotary Club, Georgia Highway Contractors Association, Georgia Asphalt Paving Association, American Road Builders Association, and National Asphalt Paving Association and International Council of Shopping Centers. Bob has been listed in the Who's Who in the South & Southwest, Who's Who in Finance & Industry, and Who's Who in Real Estate and Development Industries.

Bob's philanthropic focus was primarily centered on youth and their education and development. He served on the Board of Trustees for Shorter University, Darlington School, and the Culver Educational Foundation. Bob was appointed to the Georgia Tech Alumni Board of Trustees and to Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business Advisory Board. He served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia and was proud of his over 50 year association with the Club.

At Shorter University, Bob supported the development of the on-campus baseball complex which bears his name, as well as the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business. He was also inducted into the Shorter University Athletic Hall of Fame. At Georgia Tech Bob established The Robert H. Ledbetter, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Real Estate Development at the Ernest Scheller, Jr. College of Business. He and his family also created the R. H. Ledbetter Family Endowment for the Naval School of the Culver Educational Foundation to maintain its flagship vessel "The R. H. Ledbetter."

Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rome. He was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Sons of the American Revolution, Coosa Country Club, Nine O'clock Cotillion Club, Sea Island Club, Georgia Tech's Golden "T" and The Hill Society.

Bob's legacy will endure through his devoted wife of 54 years, the former Betty Dandridge Wright, and their three sons all of Rome, Robert H. Ledbetter, Jr. and his wife Patti, E. Wright Ledbetter and his wife Kelley, and David D. Ledbetter and his wife Lauren, along with nine grandchildren: Bob III, Hollis, Kathryne, Henry, Molly, Campbell, Henley, Harper, and Virginia. He is also survived by his late brother's wife, Irby Ledbetter and niece and nephew; Alice Turner and her husband, John and nieces and nephews.

Bob was especially grateful to the caregivers throughout the years of his illness for their compassion, friendship and skilled assistance including Lynn Hatcher, Sherri Acker-Ray, Pam Langham, Judy Hester and Angie McGuire, as well as his devoted caretakers Aver Morehead, Sam Malone and Toni Guinn. A special thank you to Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd for making his final hours comfortable and peaceful.