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MOUNT HOLLY - Richard Arlen Eldridge Sr., 83, passed away April 5, 2013, at the Robin Johnson Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Kings Mountain, the son of the late James Edley and Mozelle Mullinax Eldridge.
Rick was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Mount Holly where he held numerous offices. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in the Korean War. He retired from American Hoechst Corporation, working previously as a real estate broker, electrician, fireman, insurance manager and a self-employed business owner.
He was a graduate of Belmont High School and Carolina Business College.
He served on the Mount Holly City Council for eight years, volunteered with the American Red Cross for 30 years, serving as a trainer, CPR instructor and Disaster Relief Leader. He volunteered with the Optimist Club, Guardian Ad Litum, Lions Club, Stowe Botanical Gardens, was a mentor and tutor at Pinewood Elementary School and a founding member of the Mount Holly Life Saving Crew. He helped to establish the CRO program in Mount Holly, helping to serve people in need.
Mr. Eldridge was preceded in death by his parents, James Edley Eldridge and Mozelle Mullinax Eldridge; and a brother and sister-in-law, Hubert and Viola Eldridge.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Sue Howard Eldridge; three sons, Rick Eldridge Jr. and wife, Krista, of Char-lotte, Tim Eldridge and wife, Judy, of Mount Holly, Kevin Eldridge and wife, Amanda, of Gastonia; grandchildren, Kasey and husband, Ryan, Ryan, Randall and wife, Stephanie, Roland and wife Lilia, Rodney and wife, Amber, Kara, Amy, Mac and Macey; great-grandchildren, Blake, Hunter, Bradley and Leighton; three brothers, Ed Eldridge and wife, Peggy, of Belmont, Larry Eldridge and wife, Beth, of Gastonia, Mickey Eldridge of Belmont; numerous nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Eldridge will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Mount Holly with the Rev. Kendell Cameron and Dr. Bob Winecoff officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
The burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 S. Main Street, Mount Holly, NC 28120, and Robin Johnson House, 5005 Shepherd's Way Drive, Dallas, NC 28034.
Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.woodlawnfuneral.org.
Published in Gaston Gazette from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2013