The service for Johnathan Alan Alderete, of Chatsworth, Ga., will be Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Elkins Funeral Home, Florence. Brother Terry Michael and Joe VanDyke will officiate. Burial will follow at Pettus Cemetery, with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6-9 p.m. today.
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Johnathan went to be with his Lord on Monday Aug. 20, at the age of 23 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was raised in Florence and was a 2002 graduate of Phoenix High School in Dalton, Ga. He was of the Baptist faith.
Johnathan served his country for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served two tours of duty in Iraq in the 1st Battalion 1st Marines Combat Infantry. He spent four weeks in Indonesia with Tsunami relief. He was discharged 9 months ago and was employed in Dalton, Ga.
Johnathan was a wonderful son, grandson, brother, nephew and cousin and was loved by many. He had a great sense of humor and spirit of adventure. He enjoyed music and playing paintball.
Johnathan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Arnold Dennis Michael and Mary Ellen Michael.
Surviving Johnathan are his father, Avery Alderete and his wife, Kathy, of Florence; his mother, Mary Denise Michael Curtis and her husband, Bob, of Chatsworth, Ga.; paternal grandparents, Frank and Sue Alderete; loving grandparents, J.B. and Earline Curtis, of Florence; brothers, Adam Michael Alderete and Caleb Paden, both of Chatsworth, Ga., Robert L. Curtis, of Florence; and sister, Leigh Ann Curtis, of Huntsville; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and two nephews.
Pallbearers will be Adam Alderete, Scott Wilson, Kevin Wethington, Stephen Alderete, Danny Gee and Jacob Willis.
Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is assisting the family.
Please join us in celebrating Johnathan's life by visiting our Memorial at www.mem.com. Through the personal Guest Book on this site, we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.
Published in Florence Times Daily on Aug. 22, 2007