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Captain Jamie Paul Ledbetter, 55, of Hillsboro, Tenn., loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, died on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at the Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester, Tenn., after a lingering lung illness that forced him to be medically discharged from the U.S. Army after 26 years of faithful service to his country. However, recently, he succumbed to the COVID-19 virus.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Effingham County, near Moccasin, with the Rev. John Sidney Hutchison officiating. Full military burial rites were accorded to Capt. Ledbetter following the funeral service. A walk-through visitation for family and friends was held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, from 1 p.m. until time of services. COVID-19/Coronovirus – Kull Funeral Home and the family will follow the Governor of Illinois public gatherings request of social distancing of people, and masks are required. Memorials: Donor’s choice. Online condolences can be expressed at www.kullfuneralhome.com.
Jamie was born on Oct. 22, 1965, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham into the family of James Leroy “Jim” Ledbetter and Sharon (Newburn-Ledbetter) Grigsby. Jamie married Charlene Smallwood on May 30, 1987, at the Altamont Christian Church.
In 1983, while in his senior year of high school, he enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard. During his tour of duty of 26 years, he advanced his rank to captain, last serving in the Military Police. He numerous deployments included an Iraq Campaign Metal, Combat Action Badge and Armed Forces Reserve Badge. His overseas deployment led to his full medical discharge in 2006. As being in the military his life was in Tennessee and enjoyed his family, motorcycles, and other adventures.
He is survived by his wife; mother, Sharon Kay (J. Konrad) Grigsby of Clarksville, Tenn.; daughter, Joanna (Gary) Norwood of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and their children, D.J. Kimberly and Taylor Nelson; brothers, James “Woodie” (Miranda) Ledbetter of St. Elmo and their children, Avery, Branden and Madison Ledbetter, John Carl (Jackie) Matson of Clarksville, Tenn., and their children, Jeffery and Ashley Matson, Charles (Matah) Ledbetter, and Matthew Bodean (Manda) Ledbetter; sisters, Deanna June (Donnie) Tull of Beecher City and their children, Wade, Kenny, Katie, Shelby and Reina Tull, Londa Denise (Jason) Mitchell of St. Elmo and their children, Adrian, Dylan, Dennis and Ashlyn Tull, and Shelia Page of Virden and children Shannon (Justin) Emery of Beecher City and their son Jonah Emery, and Nathan Argo; and sister-in-law, Virginia Tyce of Hillsboro, Tenn., and her son, Matthew Samuel Tyce.
He was preceded in death by her father; stepmother, Rebecca Jane “Becky” Skinner-Ledbetter; brother, Joe Hillard Matson; grandparents, Floyd Leonard Ledbetter and Opal Evelyn Willis-Ledbetter-Austin, Woody Dunlap Skinner and Thelma June Cochran-Skinner, and Paul Harding Newburn and Tiney Elizabeth Tate-Newburn.