Allan Carson Aldridge (1929 - 2017)

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Allan Carson Aldridge, 88, beloved husband of Claire Perkins Aldridge, died peacefully at Brian Center Southpoint on August 3, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. August 20 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC, with the Reverend Barrett Freeman and the Reverend Jillian Martin officiating. A second memorial service with interment of ashes will be conducted by Dr. Rodger Murchison at First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA, at on October 14 at 11 a.m. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Augusta Exchange Club.

Allan graduated from Wheat Swamp High School in La Grange, NC, and moved to Augusta, GA, very shortly after. There he met the love of his life, Claire, and they married in 1950. He began working at Lily Tulip Cup Company and joined the Georgia National Guard in 1948. While working full time, fulfilling his military obligations, and raising a family, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Augusta College, proudly graduating in 1970.

Allan served in the Georgia National Guard and the Army Reserve, graduating from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1977 and serving as a West Point liaison officer. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 1989. In his 39 years at Lily Tulip Cup Company, he worked his way from third shift printing press operator to print shop manager and later to head of the corporate printing division.

As a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta, GA, Allan served as a deacon and a member of the Benevolence Committee. He was a member of the Balentine Sunday School class.

A Senior Emeritus member of the Augusta Exchange Club, Allan chaired the American Citizenship committee. In that capacity he worked tirelessly for veterans at the VA Nursing Home, organizing and collecting donations of gifts for the annual holiday parties. He received the Andrew Award in 2016 in recognition of his service.

Allan worked diligently to procure fair treatment for others, including leading a successful class action lawsuit for retirement and vacation benefits on behalf of his fellow employees. He loved to fish, to drive a car in the mountains or a boat on the lake, to tell stories, to find the best bargains, and to spend quiet time with his family.

Allan was predeceased by his parents, Allan R. and Nannie Holloman Aldridge, and his brothers Kenneth H. Aldridge and Roger M. Aldridge. He is survived by his wife Claire; sister Frances Hinson of Kinston, NC; daughters Patricia Aldridge of Graham, NC, and Joy Craig (Ron) of Pittsboro, NC; and son Craig (Teresa) of Bradenton, Florida; by grandchildren Catherine W. Faulkenburg (Jeremy), Jonathan Williams (April), Chris Aldridge (Rachel), and Brooklyn James; and by great-grandchildren Harrison, Clark, Reid, and Stella Faulkenburg and Seth and Cora Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA, or to the Shepherd's Table at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC.
Religious Service Information
First Baptist Church
3500 Walton Way Ext
Augusta, GA 30919
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2017