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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Park named for Abie Ladson

A large group of people surround a park sign bearing Abie Ladson's name.

A park in the Plantersville community now bears the name of the late Abie Roger Ladson Sr. A dedication ceremony and sign unveiling took place at the park on April 15. 

County Council agreed a year ago to name the park for Ladson at the request of Plantersville residents. The park is located at 180 Jackson Village Road. 

Ladson, who passed away in February of 2021 at the age of 81, is remembered as a pillar of the Plantersville community. He was a strong advocate for the area’s youth and led the effort to implement the first Plantersville community athletic program. His service and commitment to organizing football, basketball and baseball teams paved the way for many local youth to become successful athletes, and obtain athletic and academic scholarships to various colleges. Ladson also taught leadership, responsibility, accountability and courage to area youth, helping many of them flourish and become successful adults and community members. 

Ladson was also an Army veteran and a graduate of Choppee High School, the Hampton Institute in Virginia and the University of South Carolina, 

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