Meet David Ledbetter! David has been a cornerstone of Habersham County for 39 years. Originally from Dahlonega, he followed his fathers footsteps & went to pharmacy school at Mercer University in 1979. He returned to work at his family’s pharmacy in Lumpkin County where he met his wife, Donna. As newlyweds they moved to Habersham County and opened Clarkesville Drug, Inc on the Clarkesville square. After several successful years on the square they opened a bigger, more efficient pharmacy on West Louise St near Stoney’s. David has spent his lifetime & career caring for his patients and the seniors of the community. Everyone who stops by can expect to receive his personal attention. He uses his profession as a way to reach out and help those who would otherwise be lost in the healthcare maze that’s common today.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: “I was born two doors up from my dad’s pharmacys and two days later they had me in the pharmacy. Ihave never done anything else besides practice independant pharmacy. Plus, later on I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny and work for myself so I opened my own pharmacy in January 1989.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant and what do you love there?
A: “I love to eat my custom speciality pizza and wings from Chicago’s Pizza. The Pork Tater from Hangry’s and the burgers from Midtown Grill.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Habersham County?
A: “I have owned my own business in Habersham County since January 1989 and lived here since 1990 after commuting from Dahlonega.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you have met in Habersham County?
A: “Mr. Alton Edens has been a great person to get to know. He accomplished a lot in research and development in the engineering field.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be & why?
A: “I would love to visit Argentina. Simply because you drive five minutes outside of any town and you go back 150 years in history. They have real cowboys and utilize a horse as their main form of transportation sometimes.”
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “The Good, Bad and the Ugly & Hell or Highwater.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “If we keep God first, what more advice do you need? The instructions are in the good book!”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I still want to go across the entire continent of Africa on an old fashioned reconditioned train from the 1850s.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “The only one I would really like to see is John Fogerty, he was in Clearwater Revival and the Canadian band called The Dunks, they do great ballads.”
Q: What former business makes you the most nostalgic about Habersham County?
A: “Reeves Hardware, you use to could buy dynamite there by the stick, about $1.59 per stick.”
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why?
A: “I would like to have lunch with Donald Trump, to find out who the real man is! We would go to Chicago’s for wings.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Habersham?
A: “The people, we Hills and Ledbetters go back to the age of Creation. My parents roots are deeply ingrained in Habersham County, therefore so are mine.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: “I like where I am at, I don’t want to be working quite as much but I do love where I live.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “That I manage and farm 1100 acres in middle Georgia.”
Q: What three words come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Peace, comfort, security.”