HERBERT DAVIS SLEDD(1925 - 2018)

SLEDD Herbert Davis, 93, husband of Louise Watkins Sledd, passed away on June 18, 2018. He was born on March 19, 1925, on a dark and stormy night in Paris, Kentucky to Herbert Thomas Sledd and Mary Soule Davis Sledd. He spent his formative years in Bourbon County but followed his parents to Arizona to attend North Phoenix High School. During World War II, he served in the United States Marine Corps, seeing action in the Pacific Theater with the famous First Marine Division. He and his fellow marines landed on Guadalcanal on the way to Peleliu and he set up the first piece of artillery in the invasion of Okinawa. He received a Purple Heart and was honorably discharged. He returned to Central Kentucky to complete his prelaw college work at the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He worked in the family business in Paris, The Bourbon Steam laundry during his college years. He attended Chicago Kent College of Law, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, graduating and receiving the Juris Doctor degree in 1952. He was admitted to the Bar in Kentucky in the same year and practiced law in Lexington for more than 50 years. He was a founding member of the law firm, Brown, Sledd, and McCann and is now an emeritus Senior Partner of the law firm Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. Talent in the art of leadership has been recognized no less in his chosen profession than in fraternal organizations as well as civic and community groups. As a member of the Fayette County Bar Association, he has served on its Board of Governors and in various offices, including that of President in 1958. He was presented the first Henry T. Duncan Award, as the outstanding member of the Fayette County Bar Association for the year 1960. He is the only member to have twice received this prestigious award; the second presentation being made in 1973. He was a member of the Young Lawyers Conference of the Kentucky State Bar and President of that organization in 1959. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the Kentucky State Bar Association in 1959 and served continuously for a period of 10 years. He received the Kentucky State Bar Association Service Award as the outstanding lawyer in Kentucky. He was elected Vice President of the State Bar Association in 1964, and served as President in 1965-66. He was one of the following incorporators of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and served on its Board of Directors from 1958 to 1970. He served as President of the Kentucky Bar Foundation from 1965-1970 and is a Charter Life Fellow of the Foundation. A member of the American Bar Association since 1952, he has served on various committees. In 1960, he became a member of the House of Delegates and in 1966 through 1968 served as a member of the Association's Board of Governors, one of the youngest attorneys ever selected. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of the ABA in 1971 and in 1975 was elected Secretary of the Association, completing four terms in office, completing his service in 1979. He is now a life member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and served as Chairman of the Rules of Delegates and served as Chairman of the Rules and Calendar Committee, and as Chairman on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Endowment since 1980 and served as the President, 1989-1991. He is also a member of the American Judicature Society, the American Law institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the Federation of Insurance Counsel, the American Association of Trial Lawyers, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and the American Inns of Court. From 1960 to 1964 he served as Assistant Fayette County Attorney and as a member of the Advisory Committee on Statute Revision for the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 1965-1968. The Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky appointed him a member of the Kentucky Peace Officers Council in 1966 and he served as Chairman in 1967 and 1968. A life-long, active, member of the congregation of Central Christian Church, he also served the congregation as a Deacon, elected in 1958, and ordained as an Elder in 1960. He has served both as Chairman of the Administrative Board of the church, Chairman of the Congregation, Search Committee member, and various other committees. His devotion to his church was recognized by his election to membership on the Board of Trustees of the Lexington Theological Seminary in 1959, where he continuously served as a member of the Executive Committee and Officer of the Board, completing a second three-year term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1984 until he retired from the Board in 1990. He served as Interim President of the Seminary for the 1992-93 academic years. He also served Asbury College for several years as General Counsel. He is a member of the Lexington Lodge #1 F&AM, Lexington Chapter #1 RAM, Washington Counsel #1R&SM, Couer De Lion Commandery K.T.#26, Webb Commandery #1, Oleika Temple, AAONMS, Royal Order of Jesters Court #121, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Golgotha Tabernacle XIV, Red Cross of Constantine, ST. Barnabas Conclave, Sovereign 1976, Royal Order of Scotland, Allied Masonic Degrees and is an honorary member International Supreme Council, Order of De Molay. He was elected Grand Sword Bearer of the Grand Commandery of Kentucky at the 111th Conclave in Louisville on March 28, 1958, and progressed through the Grand Line completing his service as the Right Eminent Grand Commander on May 19, 1966. He has served as the Chairman of the Committee on Templar Jurisprudence for the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA since 1967, and was elected Honorary Past Grand Master in 1988 and is a Knight Grand Cross. He is a member of Louisville Consistory A. A. S. R. and was coroneted an Honorary Inspector General receiving his 33rd degree October 23, 1975. This Kentucky Colonel was a member of the Lexington Jaycees as well as the Kentucky Society of the Sons of the Revolution, Civil War Roundtable, Man-O-War Post Number 8 American Legion, a life member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Charter member of Spindletop Hall, a member of the Lexington Club, the Optimist Club and recipient of the Optimist Cup in 1980. He was also a member of the Lexington Pyramid Club, the Lexington Polo Club, the Lexington Country Club, which he served as President in 1970, the Iroquois Hunt Club, also serving two terms as President. He was a founding member of the St. Ives Journal Club, the Argali Society, and participated as a member in the Duplicate Bridge Club, the Winchester Rotary Club, Lamplighters, and the Cricket Club. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce in 1972 and immediately thereafter designated as a member of the Executive Committee and served as an officer of the Chamber, completing his service as President in 1975. He served in the capacity of Director of the Second National Bank for over 30 years. In addition, he served as a member of the Fayette County Children's Bureau, United Cerebral Palsy for the Blue Grass, the Bluegrass for Historical Preservation, the United Way of the Bluegrass, Downtown Development Commission the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, Lexington Directions, and the Lexington Philharmonic Society, serving as President in 1980 and 1981. His interest in children and young people has been attested by his service as an Assistant Scout Master District Committeeman, Vice Chairman Committee, and a member of the Blue Grass Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He attained the highest rand in scouting, the Eagle Scout and has been recognized as a 50-year veteran scouter. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Lexington Unit, Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children from 1963 until 1990, and as Chairman from 1974 until elected Chairman Emeritus in 1990. Mr. Sledd received the prestigious Hellenic Award in 1995 as well as the Bruce K. Davis Bar Service Award in 2010, for making significant contributions to the legal profession through his professional, civic, and charitable activities during a long and distinguished career. Mr. Sledd was predeceased by his first wife of over 57 years, Carolyn McCann Sledd, and his sister, Helene S. Brandenberger of Payson, AZ. He is survived by his three children, Mary S. (David) Gatewood, H. David Sledd Jr., and Sarah S. (Reece) Glenn, a sister, Soule S. Borello, Monterey, CA, a brother, C. Benjamin (Peggy) Sledd, along with four grandchildren, Andrew A. (Adriana) Ratterman, Indianapolis, IN, Sara Chandler Ratterman (Paul) Thompson, Louisville, R. Reece Glenn III, and Caroline Callaway Glenn, both Winchester, four great grandchildren, Miles Brennan and Charlotte Callaway Thompson, Grayson Chandler and Garrett Catherine Ratterman, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues. The family would like to thank his caregivers: Lee Hudson, Ray Smith, Sandra Critchfield, Rebecca Hsu. Visitation will be held at Central Christian Church on Thursday, June 21st from 4pm-6pm. Burial at North Middletown Cemetery Friday, June 22nd at 10am, followed by a memorial service at Central Christian Church on Friday at 12:30pm. The pallbearers will be Dr. Phillip DeSimone, Mark McDonald, William Davis, William Swinford, Lee Hudson, Woodford Snowden, Kent Maury. The honorary pallbearers will be: Jacob Graves, Robert Turley, Charles Price, Jackie Riggs, Isabel Yates, Geneva Ginter, William McCann, Calvin Grayson, Ben Buckley, Dr. Gayle Alexander. A reception to follow the memorial service at the Lexington Club, 170 Esplanade. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Shriners Hospital, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508 or Central Christian Church Organ Fund, 205 E. Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507. www.milwardfuneral.com

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 20, 2018