Dr. John David Laida

Dr. John David Laida

Tuesday, July 22nd, 1919 Saturday, April 13th, 2019

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Obituary for Dr. John David Laida

Dr. John David Laida, age 99, of Clarksville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Arcadia Senior Living Clarksville.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Felts Dent, and Dr. Roger Freeman officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
The Laida family will receive friends on Friday, April 19, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.
Dr. Laida entered into this life on July 22, 1919, in Skaneateles, N.Y. son of the late John and Susan Laida. He was a Veteran of The United States Army, a graduate of the Southern Baptist Seminary, and Gordon College. During World War II, he served as U.S. Army Chaplain in Europe. From 1960 to 1988, Dr. Laida served as the Pastor of First Baptist Church Clarksville. In 1980 he became the President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. In 1984 he was Chairman of the Bicentennial Steering Committee and went on to serve as either a Board Member or Chairman of more than 25 organizations. Dr. Laida was a member of the Parking Authority, Planning Commission, Zoning Board, United Way, and held numerous positions of leadership. He was also a member of Clarksville Civitan Club for more than 50 years, and Chaplain Civitan International, 1966. Dr. Laida enjoyed woodworking, canning, and gardening.
Survivors include his loving wife of 73 years, Elizabeth "Lib" Laida; daughters, Deborah (Richard) Sawyer, Susan (Ed) Maywald, Connie (Kirk) Stem, and Gayle (Jeff) Cates; grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace (Jerome) Hertweck, Marilyn (Sam) Yahel, Jessie (Mat) Gladden, John Paul Maywald, David (Brandy) Cates, and Michael Cates, and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Clarksville, 435 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN, 37040.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 19th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    First Baptist Church
    435 Madison St.
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    Friday, April 19th, 2019
    3:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church
    435 Madison St.
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    Saturday, April 20th, 2019
    11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church
    435 Madison St.
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    Saturday, April 20th, 2019
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    Greenwood Ave.
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Clay Lewis

We loved and admired Bro Laida. He baptized me in 1987 and officiated our wedding in 2000. We will be praying for your family and he will be missed. Clay and Jennifer Lewis
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Reber and Opal Kennedy

We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Laida's death. We are out of town and sadly cannot attend the funeral. He was our wonderful pastor and friend for many years. We are praying for Lib and the family. Reber and Opal Kennedy.
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Jim and Nancye Shutt

Dr Laida and Lib were so loved by members of FBCMadisonville during his interim there. None loved them more thuan we did and we share many Sunday lunches at our farm while he helped stir the food. What a delight they were. Our love and condolences go to all the family. So many beautiful memories.
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Candy Huffmaster

My deepest condolences for your families loss. Brother Liada led so many of us to the Lord ~ his life was such a blessing.
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