In Memory

Dora Ethylene Fincher Ledbetter (Bradshaw Coyotes) - Class Of 1941

Dora Ethylene Fincher Ledbetter

September 2, 1923 - June 23, 2010

Dora Ethylene Fincher Ledbetter, daugter of Amos Alexander Fincher and Sarah Ethel White, married to Marion Frederick Ledbetter and buried in Hart Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas.

Ethylene Fincher Ledbetter


Ethylene Fincher Ledbetter, 86, of Breckenridge died Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Hendrick Memorial Hospital in Abilene. Funeral service with Rev. Jeff Miller officiating will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Hart Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.
A sixty-two year resident of Stephens County, Texas she was born in Guion, Texas in 1923 and grew up in Bluff Creek a community southwest of Abilene, Texas. A 1941 graduate of Bradshaw High School, Ethylene Ledbetter moved to San Diego, California where she worked for an aircraft manufacturing plant during WWII. After the war she lived for two years in Odessa, Texas where she and her first husband began their family with the birth of two boys, Harry and Gorfey. In 1949 she began a twenty year career with the United States Department of Agriculture in the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service in Breckenridge, Texas.
She married Marion F. Ledbetter of Bradshaw, Texas in 1950 and added to her family with the birth of a son, Frederick Ledbetter in 1956. She was an active supporter of the Breckenridge Boys Choir and provided chaperon assistance on trips to Washington, DC in 1962, and other appearances around the State of Texas.
In 1961 she purchased the Ward House a 1900 vintage Greek Revival home in Breckenridge, and moved it to the Fincher family farm near Parks Camp where she lived for the next 49 years. Active in the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years, she was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, and Treasurer of United Methodist Women for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Marion, three brothers, Bert, Alex, and Jack Fincher, and one sister Ester. Survivors include three sons, Harry Ledbetter and wife, Linda of Hurst, Gorfey Ledbetter and wife, Janice of Breckenridge, and Fred Ledbetter of Breckenridge, two sisters-in-law, Virginia Fincher of Abilene and Donnie Fincher of Brady, three grandchildren, Kimela Ledbetter of Fort Worth, Deborah Ledbetter and Randall Carman of Plano, and Glen Wagley and wife, Erica of Breckenridge. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Caleb, Colton, and Stetson Wagley all of Breckenridge.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the donor's favorite charity and they can be left at the funeral home. The family invites friends to leave a condolence or share a memory of Ethylene in our online guestbook at
Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home
415 W. Williams St.
Breckenridge, TX 76424
Tel. 254/559-3311

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on June 26, 2010