The Rev. Richard L. Ledbetter, retired pastor of Colonial Baptist Church, died Sunday at Fallston General Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 75 and lived in Street.
Services for Mr. Ledbetter were being held today at the church, 4619 Old Court Road, Pikesville.
He retired in 1982 as pastor of the church, which he had served since 1947. Ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, his only other pastorate was at the Upper Crossroads Baptist Church in Harford County, which he served from 1938 until 1947.
Born in Duncan, Okla., he was reared there, in Boston, and in Greensboro, on the Eastern Shore.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Sue Mae Slade; three daughters, Julia Mae Horton of Lewisville, N.C., Arleta Kerr of Tallahassee, Fla., and Wanda Berman of Adamstown, Pa.; a son, the Rev. Richard Ames-Ledbetter of Baltimore; two sisters, Ruth Brown of Havre de Grace and Joyce Lubbers of Warrenton, N.C.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Baptist Family and Children's Services of Maryland or to the First Baptist Church of Dundalk Memorial Fund.