First Baptist Church, Reich Chapel
501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Forsyth Memorial Park
3771 Yadkinville Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Apr 05, 1927 - May 25, 2015
Garland Hamlett Ladd of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on May 25, 2015.
He was born on April 5, 1927, in Danville, Virginia, as an only child to Nettie Perkins Ladd and Sterling Hamlett Ladd. Ladd left George Washington High School in 1945 to enlist in the United States Army at the age of 18 where he attended basic training at Camp Croft in Spartanburg, SC. A member of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Ladd was stationed during WWII in Livorno, Italy and honorably discharged in 1947.
Following WWII, Ladd continued his education, graduating from Virginia Tech in 1951 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Professional Engineer Certificate in 1957, completed the AMA Management Course in 1964, and the Executive Program of Professional Management at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1972.
Ladd went to work for RJ Reynolds in 1951 during its heyday of growth and meaningful contributions to Winston-Salem. He rose through the ranks and was fortunate enough to retire after 30 years of service in 1982 as Director of Engineering. The Ladd family continues to be flattered by accolades of praise from his former co-workers and employees. Anything Garland did, he gave it his best.
Garland took full advantage of his retirement years, remaining active by playing basketball into his 60s, and golf into his 80s. He wrote eighteen novels also enjoyed fishing, bridge, crossword puzzles, cards, sports, word games, playing with his grandchildren, and spending time with family and friends. For the past three years, Garland enjoyed participating in many activities with his new found friends and neighbors at Homestead Hills Retirement Community. Garland was a cheerful, likeable gentleman who had a great sense of humor. He was loved and adored by his family.
Active in his community and church, among other distinctions, Ladd served as Deacon, Trustee and Chairman of numerous committees at First Baptist Church, including the building committee for the Reich Chapel and gymnasium wing. Ladd was a member of the DC Roper Sunday School class for over 50 years. He was a Charter member of the Exchange Club of Greater Winston-Salem and served as President from 1963-1964 and District Governor in 1965. A Registered Professional Engineer, he was a member of the Professional Engineering Society of NC; President of the Winston-Salem Engineers Club, Section Chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and served on the Advisory Council to the School of Engineering at NC State University. Ladd also served on the Board of Directors of Horizons, a local residential care center for persons with developmental disabilities.
Ladd is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sara Watson Ladd and his three children and their spouses, Brenda Ladd Woodcock and John Frederick Woodcock, of Charlotte; Garland Hamlett Ladd, Jr. and Ann Lyerly Ladd, of Winston-Salem; and Michael Sterling Ladd and Dorothy Roxanne Ladd, of Charlotte. He is also survived by five grandchildren who were his delight, Jason Moore, Meredith Moore, Troy Smith, River Ladd, and Salem Ladd.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Reich Chapel at First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, with burial at Forsyth Memorial Park immediately following. For those wishing to give memorials please consider making donations to the Television Ministry at First Baptist Church, 501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, www.lbda.org. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
Ms. Terry W. Firle
I met Mr. Ladd when he first started with RJR many years ago. At that particular time I was the mail girl who went around delivering to all of the offices for the engineering department. He was always very nice, helpful, kind and friendly and also a fine gentleman who was well received and liked by all.
My thoughts and prayers go out for his family and friends at this difficult and sad time.
Ms. Terry Whitley Firle
Mike & Family,
Amazing how much you look like your Dad. Wish we could have made it up to celebrate his life with you. Our condolences on your loss.
beth wright & billie kern
We are so saddened over Garland"s death.He
was a brilliant man with a generous heart and gentle soul.
I was saddened to hear of your fathers passing. May your memories and faith sustain you and your family.
Garland, From the list of accomplishments, activities and memberships; your father was an amazing man. He will be missed. Wayne
Mike & family,
So sorry to read of the passing of Garland. He was a remarkable man and I know you will greatly miss him.
Mike, I appreciated your recent call so much and hope we can get together for lunch in the near future. Fridays are best for me. Sorry I will not be able to see you at the funeral, I will be in Denver on business but I will be thinking of you.
All my best, Mel
Jim and Virginia Ortiz
What a pleasure to know Garland! May your sweet memories of him sustain you in the days ahead.
Bob Eaton (Boise, ID)
I was very saddened to receive this news. We are keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Ladd was truly a great Man. Always kind and supportive to everyone.
Jerri Lynn Meares-Newell
Mike and family,
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of you father. Though he departs this earth he never truly leaves for he will live on through you in your heart and memories always. Prayers the Lord blesses and comforts you and your family during the days ahead.
Fred & Jeanette Byerly
Sara, Garland was a joy to visit especially for my dad, Virgil. The last few months have passed too quickly. Our prayers are with you and family.