Dr. J. Don Aderhold, age 87, of Dacula, died April 4, 2013, He is survived by his daughter Laura Griffo and her husband, Jim, of Birmingham, AL; son David Aderhold and his wife, Rita, of Dacula; grandchildren, Mark and Michelle Griffo, and Marshall and Logan Aderhold. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Geraldine Turner Aderhold.
Don was born November 14, 1925 and reared in the metropolitan Atlanta area. A veteran of World War II, he served in the 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.
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.
Visitation will be Friday, April 5, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm at Smith Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm, at the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church, with a brief visitation beginning at 1:00 pm. Interment will be in Melwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain, GA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Scholarship Fund (To Don and Gerry), 3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126. Smith Funeral Home, 755 Atlanta Highway SE, Winder, GA (770-867-4553) is in charge of the arrangements.