Donald E. "Archie" Ladd, age 81, of Sparta, passed away in his home Tuesday, April 14, 2020. He was born June 6, 1938 in Sparta where he lived throughout his life. Archie was the son of Herbert and Lula (Johns) Ladd. He was a 1956 graduate of Sparta High School, and was a proud member of the Sparta Basketball Team which won the State Championship in 1954. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 4 � years in Naval Air Command. He spent the majority of his military service stationed in Beeville, Texas, where he was trained to fly and remained in that duty station until his honorable discharge. Archie and Janet Lindholm were married April 29, 1977.
Archie had raised cattle since he was 15 years old, and farmed until his death. He prided himself on raising quality beef cattle. Archie enjoyed helping young farmers improve their herds. He had also worked in the plastics industry for 35 years.
Archie never met a stranger and always had time to visit. He had many interests, but his granddaughters were the special light in his world, and he always enjoyed sharing their pictures with friends.
Survivors include his wife, Janet: his daughter Amye Johnson and husband Daniel; two granddaughters, Allye and Bailye; nieces Sherry Phillips, Tammy O'Brien and husband Donnie, and Kristy Parker and husband Melvin; great-nieces and great-nephews, Angie Cowles, Cody Phillips, Dustin Brown, Kortney Parker; and four great-great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Shirley Brown, and a great-niece, Gina Phillips.
A graveside funeral will be 11:00 AM Friday, April 17, in Sparta Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home with Dale Roller officiating. Friends may pay their respects from noon until 5:00 PM Thursday, April 16, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.
From the family of Archie Ladd: "We thank you for coming to pay your respects to Archie. We are sorry we cannot greet you personally but are grateful that you are able to stop by the funeral home and sign the register book." - The Archie Ladd Family
Friends are welcome to pay their respects to Mr. Ladd by entering the Adams Funeral Home Ozark chapel one or two at a time on Thursday, April 15, 2020 from noon to 5:00 P.M. in order to comply with health safety measures set forth by the governor, the county and the city. To help protect our community and those we serve, we will be following safety practices as we navigate this ever changing situation with COVID-19.
As of March 23, our governor implemented a 10 person limit at gatherings which includes funerals. We will be working with families to create opportunities to honor their loved ones while keeping them and the public as safe as possible. Please check the obituaries on our website for specific information about each service. Because of the fluidity of this situation, our practices may need to continue to change. We will do our best to update the public to those changes. Working together with our community we hope will help bring a swifter end to this challenging and concerning situation. As always, if there is anything our staff can do to help community members or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call. May God bless you all.