Earl R. Ladd

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1892 - 1960


1919
"The hour of special order, to-wit, the granting of the opportunity for any one wishing to converse with Presbytery regarding an internal call to the work of the Gospel Ministry, having arrived, whereupon Brother E. R. Ladd, of Pleasant Valley congregation, presented himself and was duly received and his name caused to be enrolled as a probationer for the Gospel Ministry. Brother Ladd was welcomed by a hearty hand shake upon the part of the members and friends of the Presbytery."
Candidate: E. R. Ladd, Bandana, Ky.
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 11, 1919, pages 4 & 16]

1921
"In keeping with the recommendation in the report of the Committee on Literature and Theology, Candidate E. R. Ladd was licensed by the Presbytery, the Rev. T. D. Harris presiding."
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April 2-4, 1921, page 12]

1921
"Palma and Shady Grove petitions for the services of Licentiate E. R. Ladd for twelve months, each promising him $10.00 per trip."
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 8-10, 1921, page 19]

1922
"Oakland, Vaughn's Chapel, Calvary and Shady Grove ask for the service of of Licentiate E. R. Ladd, one-fourth time for one year, $150, $100, $150 and $180 respectively."
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 7-9, 1922, page 16]

1923
"The following are petitions for the ensuing year:
Vaughn's Chapel, for the services of Licentiate E. R. Ladd, one-fourth time, promising him $100.00.
Pleasant Grove, for the services of Licentiate E. R. Ladd, one-fourth time for one year, promising him $180.00.
The session of Gleason, Tennessee, asks Mayfield Presbytery to ratify a contract between session and Licentiate E. R. Ladd, one-fourth time for twelve months, promising him $240.00."
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 13-15, 1923, page 15]

1924
"Ordination Service. Rev. Miss Letie Clement preached the sermon from the text, Acts 9:15. Rev. J. E. Edwards presided and led the prayer while the Presbytery laid its hand upon Licentiates E. R. Ladd and H. E. Davidson, and he have these brethren a charge, after which Rev. Hugh S. McCord led in prayer, and they were set apart to the whole work of the Gospel ministry."
"Gleason Congregation of Hopewell Presbytery asks Mayfield Presbytery to ratify a contract between said congregation and Rev. E. R. Ladd, for 12 months, one-fourth time, promising him $240.
Pleasant Grove asks for the service of Rev. E. R. Ladd, one-fourth time for twelve months, promising him $180.
Zion congregation of Hopewell Presbytery desires Mayfield Presbytery to grant to it the service of Rev. E. R. Ladd, one-fourth time for twelve months, promising him $150."
[Source: Minutes of Mayfield Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, October 13, 1924, pages 10 & 14]


DEATH CLAIMS REV. E. R. LADD;
PASTOR OF PADUCAH CHURCH

Rev. E. R. Ladd, pastor of the Woodlawn Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Paducah, Ky., died June 20 and funeral services were held June 22. The 67-year old minister who had served the Woodlawn church for the past 13 1/2 years died after being ill for several months. He had been in and out of the hospital a number of times recently.

Services were held by Rev. Hubert Covington, assisted by Rev. Ed Glover and Rev. E. A. Mathis, and burial was in Paducah. Active pallbearers were the church deacons; honorary pallbearers were the elders.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lally Ladd, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Virginia Ladd, and two grandchildren, of Memphis. His only child, Forrest Ladd, was drowned in a swimming pool in San Juan in August 1959 while accompanying the Tennessee Governor at the National Governor's Conference.

Ordained by Mayfield Presbytery in 1924, he had been a minister in the church for 36 years. Earlier pastorates were the Margaret Hank church, Paducah; Springfield, Mo.; Fulton, Ky.; and Murfreesboro, Tenn. He served in the chaplaincy during World War II and left the service as a Major.

He was active in civic work and was made an honorary member of the Paducah Community Chest the week before his death. He was named a Kentucky Colonel in 1959 by Governor H. E. Waterfield. He was a Mason.

Under his ministry at Woodlawn a new church plant was erected in 1954 and the notes have been burned. Also a new manse has been built.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, July 19, 1960, page 3]


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