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LEDFORD, Cleatus Lee aka 'Turbo' On September 18, 2011, Cleatus Lee Ledford, aka 'Turbo' and one of the greatest men to walk our earth, went home to be with our Lord and Savior. He passed peacefully at his home with the love of his life Verla Brown. Cleatus was an amazing man who accomplished so much throughout his lifetime despite the adversities he faced in life starting with the death of his mother at age 8. He joined the Army at age 18, and served in Italy during World War II. He went on to marry Fayerene Horton, moved to Bakersfield, Calif., and had 3 children. His first born son Randy Ledford preceded him in death at birth. Clete moved his family to the Antelope Valley in 1967, as he accepted a job at Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, Calif., as a photographer. Clete retired from Edwards not once but twice. He loved his job, and was as grateful for it as he was great at it. Clete was full of life, and lived it to the fullest. Clete was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 311, Lancaster, Calif., where he enjoyed shooting pool, watching the races or a game, and being around friends he considered family. Throughout the years, Clete was an accomplished bronc rider and steer roper, boxer, a race car driver, aeronautical and ground photographer, all around pool shark, and great daddy. Clete will be missed by so many people all around the United States and Canada. He had the pleasure of knowing some of the greats such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, the Mears bros, Chuck Yeager, and Tom Selleck. The list goes on and on. Mr. Ledford is survived by Verla Brown, daughter Jana Johnson, son Cleatus Gene Ledford, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three step-children; Glenda Helene, Babz Levine, and Ron Wilkinson and their respective families, brothers H.L. Ledford and Floyd Ledford and respective families, two sisters, Delma Harris and Glenda Craig and respective families. Mr. Ledford was preceded in death by his sister Christine Hardy, but is survived by her respective families, all of Oklahoma, his brothers and sisters at the American Legion, and a great United States full of family and friends. I love you daddy, I miss you. Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, with Services being held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, both at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster.

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