James H. Aldridge LUBBOCK-Family and friends of Reverend James H. Aldridge, former minister of New Horizon Baptist Church, will gather to celebrate his life of 67 years at 5:30 p.m. today, Dec. 23, 2012, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Mr. Aldridge passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. James was born on Jan. 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Texas, to James E. and Minnie Merle Aldridge. He graduated from Atlanta High School and later earned a bachelor's degree from East Texas Baptist University. James also received a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Mary E. Bean on June 27, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 2011. James became a licensed minister at the age of 16 at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas. He began pastoring churches when he was a college student and continued until retiring earlier this year. James pastored churches all across the state of Texas for 50 years. The final years of his ministry were served at Northwestern Baptist Church in Midland and New Horizon Baptist Church in Lubbock. James was also committed to ministering to special needs individuals and recently served a term as president of the board of directors at High Point Village. He is survived by his son, Scott Aldridge and wife, Sabine, of Midland; two daughters, JoAnna and Melissa Aldridge of Lubbock; grandson, James Thane Aldridge of Midland; and sister, Lu and husband, Barron Christensen, of Atlanta, Texas. James is also survived and loved by a host of relatives. Memorial contributions may be given to High Point Village, 10911 Slide Road, Lubbock, TX 79424; the East Texas Baptist University, One Tiger Dr., Marshall, TX 75670; or Special Friends Retreat, c/o of James Aldridge, 3507 78th Drive, Lubbock, TX 79423.