OBITUARY

Elsie Irene Ledbetter

October 25, 1923October 5, 2020
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Elsie Irene (Burr) Ledbetter, age 96, of Goodlettsville, TN passed away peacefully at her home on October 04, 2020. She was surrounded by family members from across the country and numerous local loved ones who are thankful for the love and care she has provided. Elsie Ledbetter was born on October 25, 1923 in Robertson County, TN to Arthur Holman Burr and Ruth (Ashabraner) Burr. She was the fifth of twelve children and attended the one-room Red Brick School near the Ashburn community just south of the TN/KY state line.

When she worked at E. I. DuPont Company she met Jasper Thomas Ledbetter of Clarksville, TN. In 1942, he joined the Marines and went to the Pacific Theater of WWII, while she worked as a Rosie Riveter building B-17 and B-29 bombers. He returned home when the war ended and they married shortly thereafter on December 24, 1945. They lived first in East Nashville until early 1952, when they moved to Goodlettsville and lived there for the rest of their adult lives. They were active in the Goodlettsville First Baptist Church for many years.

Elsie has been a caregiver for many children starting with her siblings, four daughters, multiple grandchildren and one of her great-grandchildren. While numerous children have loved her, she is best known for the strong woman she has always been. She dropped out of high school in her teens to keep house for her father and seriously ill mother. She cooked and cared for ten of her siblings including three preschoolers, one of whom was still nursing. She was widowed at age 49, shortly after she and Jasper moved into their new home. She worked and paid for the house and raised their last daughter by herself. She was a widow for 47 years.

Elsie is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Roberta Ruth Fizer; brothers, Morris Holman Burr, Fred Clinton Burr, James Edward Burr, Billy Donya Burr, Robert Ray Burr, David Ashabraner Burr, and Arthur Glenn Burr; and a great-grandson, Thomas Cecil Stubblefield.

She is survived by four daughters, Barbara Joyce Head Cole of Goodlettsville, Sara Darlene Cline (Neal) Sams of Columbia, SC, Betty Faye (Cecil) Stubblefield of Cross Plains, TN, and Thelma Lee Parivar of Pasadena, CA; Sisters, Nancy Lorene Kidd of Springfield, TN, Betty Rose (Bob) Callaway of Atlanta, GA, and Cora Sue Clark of Nashville; ten grandchildren, Shell Sharem (Mike) Wheatley of Pasadena, MD, Joshua Orion (Jennifer) Cole of Nashville, TN, Olivia Joy (Ivan) Ivanov of Hermitage, TN, Josiah Emmanuel Cole of Goodlettsville, TN, David Joseph (Joye) Cline of White House, TN, Alys Kristen (Jamie) Blair of Lexington, SC, Amanda Faye (Michael) Barnard of Houston, TX, Thomas Ray Stubblefield of Cross Plains, TN, Benjamin Parivar of Denver, CO, and Elika Lee Parivar of Salt Lake City, UT; 16 greatgrandchildren; and 2.5 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 8 from 4-8 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens at 1150 South Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37072. Funeral services will be at 12 PM Friday, October 9 with Pastor Lyle Larson officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joey Cline, Josiah Cole, Ivan Ivanov, Mike Wheately, Paul Kidd, Ron E Burr, Robert H Burr, Robert D Burr.

The family would like to thank the staff of Adoration Hospice for the incredibly kind and useful help. Your assistance allowed our loved one to spend her last days in the comfort of the home her husband built for her and among those who loved her. We could not have done it without you.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

Momma atttended a one-room school which was known as the Red Brick School. The following article was published a few years ago aboaut that school.

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

Momma was able to attend the first swearing in ceremony when her third daughter (Faye Ledbetter Stubblefield) became a County Commissioner for Robertson County. From L-R are: Faye, Elsie, and Darlene (Ledbetter Cline) Sams.

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

Elsie as a baby about 1924. She is playing outside with kittens.

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

I love this photo of Elsie as a baby. It was taken Spring 1924 (L to R) Elsie (crawling), Melvin & Joe Dean, James, Fred, Morris c. 1924

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

In this photo, Elsie can be seen with two of her instructors when she went to Anderson Aircraft School during WWII.

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

This photo was taken about 1942 and shows Elsie with her mother and father (Arthur and Ruth Burr) and some of her siblings.

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

Elsie the Riveter -- Our family believes it is significant that our mother was a real Rosie the Riveter. She actually riveted gas tanks into the wing sections of the B-17 Flying Fortress. She also helped to repair damages made as young pilots learned to fly the new B-29 bombers that helped America to win WWII. She was not considered as being part of the military, but her work in military-run settings put her squarely into the military effort. The attached photo shows the original photo from which an artist (Andrea Cano) put Elsie's face onto the iconic Rosie photo.

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

Transcription:

Mrs. Jasper T. Ledbetter

Miss Elsie Burr Becomes Bride
of Mr. Ledbetter December 24.
Mrs. Arthur Burr of Nashville announces the marriage of her daughter, Elsie, to Jasper T. Ledbetter, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ledbetter of Lone Oak.
The marriage was solemnized on December 24, 1945, in Springfield, Tenn., with the Reverend Norris Hite officiating.
Mrs. James Burr served the bride as matron of honor and Fred Burr, brother of the bride, was best man.
For her marriage the bride wore a smart brown ensemble. At the shoulder she pinned a corsage of gardenias.
Mrs. Ledbetter is a graduate of the Barren Plains High School. The bridegroom, who received his education at Central High School, received his honorable discharge from the Marines recently after 30 months of overseas duty.
The couple will make their home in Old Hickory where he is employed.

Joyce Cole

October 6, 2020

Momma was the fifth of twelve children. This photo is of her with ten of her eleven siblings. The only one missing in this 1958 photo is her youngest brother (Arthur Glenn Burr).

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