Come out May 20 and help us honor 2017 RoseFest Lifetime Achievement Award winner Luther Ledford

2017 RoseFest Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Recipient, Luther Ledford

Early Life:

  • Grew up in Wendell, NC, the son of Luther and Marjorie Ledford
  • Has two brothers: Joe and Keith
  • Graduated from Wendell High School
  • Graduated from Wake Forest University with BBA degree
  • Married to Shirley Ann Turner
  • Two sons: Ellis and Tim
  • Four grandchildren and one great-grandchild


  • Served 7 years in US Army Reserve
  • Began his banking career in 1961 with First Citizens Bank as Branch Manager of the Pink Hill Branch and retired from there in 1999 (approximately 38 years)

Community Involvement (Pink Hill):

  • Member of Pink Hill Ruritan Club
  • Served many years on Pink Hill Fire and Rescue
  • Active member of PH United Methodist Church-Chair of Administrative Board-Church Treasurer-Chair of Methodist Men’s Club

Additional Involvement:

  • Registered Scout Master-Troop 244 BSA for about 46 years
  • Troop 244 has produced 30 Eagle Scouts
  • Received Silver Beaver Award from East Carolina Council BSA
  • Wood Badge Recipient
  • Vigil Honor Recipient Order of the Arrow
  • Scouter Merit Award
  • Led two High Adventure trips for Scouts to Philmont Reservation
  • Lenoir Memorial Hospital Board
  • Kinston-Lenoir County Airport Commission and later Global Transpark
  • Lenoir Community College Board of Trustees
  • LCC Foundation Board
  • Lenoir County Extension Advisory Board
  • Has donated 234 pints of blood to the Red Cross Blood Drives


  • LL treated everyone the same way. ~Pauline King
  • Luther Ledford was the man who gave me my first loan at First Citizens. He helped a lot of people by trusting them for a loan whether it be home, car or farm loan he always went above and beyond to get people a loan. Luther has been involved with scouting for years and still is helping them by raising money recycling cans. A fine man and a pillar in this community for a long time! ~Clay Howard, Howard Insurance
  • Luther Ledford is the kind of person that makes everyone better for knowing him. He is a great husband, father and grandfather. He was a banking professional who helped many people with loans and checking accounts in Pink hill and the surrounding area, because of personal relationships. My checking account is still with First Citizens in Pink Hill because Luther helped me start it there over 30 years ago. ~Stuart Stroud, Attorney at Law
Luther Ledford