Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
Rev. Charles Ladd Cureton III, age 86, of Wooster died Sunday, August 29, 2021, at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare in Wooster.
He was born November 18, 1934, in Hammonton, New Jersey, to Laurie Evelyn Harrell and Charles Ladd Cureton, Jr. He graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in June 1960 after his graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary. Charles also pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Virginia.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Annie Laurie Cureton, and his beloved wife and partner, Mary Ann Cureton (née Pakosh), who passed away on December 17, 2013, and to whom he was married on June 8, 1960, at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.
From 1960 until his retirement in 2001, Charles served Presbyterian churches in Smyrna, Delaware; Arlington, Virginia; Garden City, New York; Charlottesville, Virginia, and Matawan, New Jersey. For the past 20 years, he served as Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church in Wooster and had the honor and pleasure of virtually participating in a 20th anniversary celebration of his ministry, teaching, counsel, and a recently published book of prayers in July.
In addition to his ministry and the friends he and Mary made along the way, Charles had a deep love of religious and political history, classical and choral music, Christian education, and travel of any kind.
Charles is survived by his children, Rebecca (John) Schmidt of Wooster and Stephen (Dawn) Cureton of Catawissa Township, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Brianna Lee Schmidt and John Paul Schmidt of Wooster; brothers, Bryant (Jeanette) Cureton of Williamsburg, Virginia, and David Cureton of Massanutten, Virginia, and their children, children’s spouses, and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare (1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691) or to a charitable organization of your choice. A virtual celebration of Charles’s life is being scheduled for a later date.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare (1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691) or to a charitable organization of your choice.
No calling hours
Services will be held at a later date