Mr. Lawton B. Ladd, age 86, of Gainesville died peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, surrounded by loved ones.
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Lawton's large and loving presence will be missed by many in our community - and especially by his wife, Betty Jane (Elrod) Ladd; their four children; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and close nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel with interment to follow in Corinth Baptist Church, with full military honors. The Rev. Ken Grindle will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the funeral home.
Mr. Ladd lived from birth to death on the farmstead established in the 1850s by his grandfather, the late John H. Ladd, in a portion of Hall County's Bark Camp district, affectionately known as "Tater Holler" He was born May 11, 1928, in Gainesville, Ga., the son of the late Charles B. Ladd and Sarah Ethel (Grindle) Ladd. He was, for many years, the owner and operator of Ladd Alignment Service in Gainesville. A lifelong member of Corinth Baptist Church, he served as a deacon, Brotherhood Breakfast organizer, R.A. leader and teacher for the "Willing Workers" Sunday school class. He served in the Korean War with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment and earned the Korean Service Medal with Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).
Mr. Ladd was preceded in death by his parents; as well as five brothers, Hoyt, Earnest, Sylvia, Clay and Gordon; and two sisters, Ruth Peck and Ruby Hammond.
His life is celebrated by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jane (Elrod) Ladd; and their children, Lawana Peterson, Lawton Ladd II (Kip), Cindy Ladd and Tracy Grindle.
Flowers will be accepted, or for those who desire, donations may be made to Net India c/o Ken Grindle, P.O. Box 1481, Gainesville, GA 30503-1481.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-6200 or for those who desire online condolences at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel
989 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
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