DACULA - Dr. J. Don Aderhold, 87, died Thursday, April 4, 2013.
He was born November 14, 1925, and reared in the metropolitan Atlanta area. A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Navy with a rank of Lt.j.g. He also served in student pastorates and was called to be the pastor of the Columbia Drive Baptist Church in Decatur when the church was organized November 20, 1949. He served as Pastor at Columbia Drive for over 39 years and returned after retiring from New Orleans Seminary. He served as Director and professor at the North Georgia Campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for over 14 years, retiring in 2001 to teach adjunctively and pastor Columbia Drive. He retired from the Seminary at age 80 in 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Geraldine Turner Aderhold.
Don served as president of the Atlanta Baptist Pastor's Conference, Georgia Baptist Pastor's Conference, Mercer Ministerial Alumni Association, and the Home Mission Board for two terms. He served as Trustee of the Atlanta Baptist College, now Mercer University in Atlanta, and Mercer University in Macon, and was a member of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as well as the Foundation Board of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Survivors include a daughter, Laura Griffo and her husband, Jim, Birmingham, Ala.; son, David Aderhold and his wife, Rita, Dacula; grandchildren, Mark and Michelle Griffo, and Marshall and Logan Aderhold.
Visitation will be Friday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church, with a brief visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Melwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary – Don and Gerry Scholarship Fund, 3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of the arrangements.