Rev. Milton J. Ledford
August 14, 1949 - November 24, 2018
Rev. Milton J. Ledford, 69, of Wooster went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.
He was born Aug. 14, 1949 in Murphy, NC to the late Reuben and Una May (Nelson) Ledford and was a 1967 graduate of Lincoln High School in Canton, OH. He attended Kent State University and Mount Vernon Bible College where he received a Bachelor Degree in Theology. He later graduated from the Ashland University Seminary with his Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling; he also completed a post-graduate program at Ashland University and pre-doctoral studies at Trinity College. On June 5, 1976he married Lora Thompson and together they pastored churches in the Foursquare denomination serving in Tallmadge, OH, Jamestown, NY and Frackville, PA. He went on to serve 25 years with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) having founded the Pathway Church of God in Orrville and served as interim pastor at the Barberton Church of God. He served as the Ministerial Care Coordinator for the Church of God in Ohio, and was an intructor for their Ministerial Affirmation & Ministerial Internship Program. Milton worked as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Social Worker for many years, serving at various agencies as well as running his own private practice, Beacon Counseling Services. He was a member of the Ohio State Chaplains Association and the Client Rights Advisory Council for the Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities, among other organizations. He had a true pastor’s heart and loved to help others, especially individuals with disabilities. He had a passion for genealogy research, cultural and religious history, and music (playing piano & organ). He and his family moved to Wooster in 1994 from Mt. Vernon, OH. The last several years he attended the Canaan Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Lora; children, Joseph and daughter-in-law, Amanda Ledford of Baxter, MN; daughter, Amanda Wolfe of Orrville; brothers, Kevin Ledford of Kenton, and Timothy and his wife Brenda Ledford of Navarre.
Services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Canaan Free Will Baptist Church, 12723 Cleveland Rd., Creston, OH with Revs. Mike Gladson and Travis McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Wooster Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Church and on Wednesday from 10 until time of services at 11:00. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassion International or Compassion Free Will Baptist Church in Ashland, OH.
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Name: Loyd and Dreama Caudill
We are so sorry about Milton's death. To know Milton was to love him. He was a true man of God. And, he loved his family so very much. Milton was special to us. We have lots of wonderful memories of our years together at MVBC, at camp, Church gatherings, and visits with each other in our homes. His passing leaves a real void in our lives. We wish there was something we could do to take the pain away that you are feeling. Please know that we care and that we love each of you very much and how I wish we could be there with you. Praying much for you.
Loyd & Dreama Caudill
Cara & Joe Pfeiffer
So sorry for your loss. Praying for Gods peace to comfort you during this time Richard and Judy Horner
Name: David and Paula Wadsworth
David and I are so sorry that you all have experienced such sadness. Prayers for all of you.
Name: Jan Bartlett
My earliest memories of Milton was when he came and stayed with us in California. He was attending a seminar. It was in 1972. The morning after he arrived we had a big earthquake. It was his first earthquake. The house shook several seconds, but it felt like minutes, while we braced ourselves as things fell from shelves. When it was over he looked at my mom, his aunt Robenia, and with his eyes wide open,calmly asked: "Do these happen all the time?" My mother laughed so hard. Then we all laughed.
It occurred to me, that if not for that moment, we should have all been frightened. We would have for sure, instead we were laughing.
Perhaps they are together in heaven remembering the good ol'times and laughing again.
R.I.P cousin Milton.
Name: Jeff and Linda Tjader
Dear Lora and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You've been in our prayers. We pray the Lord will continue to bring His comfort and strength.
Love, Jeff and Linda Tjader
Name: Barbara Ledford Wright
Dear family may you receive comfort from the reading of I Thessalonians 4:13-18 concerning the dead. "We which are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
Name: Brenda Kay Ledford
My heart is broken that our beloved Milton passed away. He was so kind and just glowed with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I can just imagine what a "Grand Reunion Day" he and our loved ones are having now in heaven. I can almost hear Uncle Reuben laughing.
The best part of the reunion is that Cousin Milton now has met the blessed Savior that he preached about and lived for here on earth.
I hope these words King David spoke concerning his child will comfort you:
"But now he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me," (2 Samuel 12:23, KJV).
Until we meet again in heaven, I shall always cherish the precious memories of Cousin Milton.
Love and prayers,
Cousin Brenda Kay Ledford
Name: Tom Mercier
I am so sorry for your loss. Milton was such a kind and gentle man. Although I only worked with him briefly and a long time ago, his words and actions has helped shape my life to this day. God Bless all of you. Tom
Name: Sandy Justice Smith
Lora, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, May you and family feel Gods arms of love comfort and strength around you at this time. Please except my deepest sympathy. Love Sandy and Bobby