James W. Aldridge Sr.
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James Walton Aldridge Sr., Florence, age 88, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29. He was born Oct. 24, l924, to William Walter Aldridge and Mabel McCulley Aldridge in Morgan County, Ala.
James was preceded in death by two sisters, Ola Johnson and Hilda Barnette, Decatur, Ala.; four brothers, Burch Aldridge, Slidell, La., Wilfred Aldridge, Malvern, Ark., Milton Aldridge, Decatur, Ala., and Harold Aldridge, Danville, Ala.
The Aldridge family served proudly during World War II. Four sons and one son-in-law served a combined total of twenty-one years. When James volunteered for service, he chose the U.S. Navy, where he was a radio operator in the amphibious forces on a landing ship medium (LSM) serving in South Pacific from Borneo to Japan. In October of 1944, his ship was sunk by a hurricane near Okinawa. Several ships and men were lost.
When James returned home from war, he began preparation for a long and useful life. He enrolled at Florence State College (now UNA) and graduated with a degree in physical education and biology, after which he accepted a job as basketball and baseball coach at T. M. Rogers High School in Lauderdale County. He coached four years before returning to school to get a Master's Degree in chemistry and biology, after which he was employed by TVA in fertilizer research. He became a technical writer and edited many technical reports. One of his articles was published in the Southern History Encyclopedia, prepared by LSU.
He was an avid landscaper and gardener. He also loved hunting, fishing, golf, Alabama football and Atlanta Braves baseball.
James served many years as a deacon, elder and teacher of adult Bible classes at Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ. He was a member there for approximately fifty years.
He is survived by Peggy, his wife of 64 years; daughter, Ramona Faucett (Toby); and son, James Walton Aldridge Jr.; grandchildren, Tyler Faucett (Kendra), Ben Faucett (Bethany), Rachael Aldridge and Hannah Aldridge Strickland (Word); four great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many lifelong friends and will be missed greatly.
The service for James will be conducted by Kenny Barfield at Greenview Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Friday followed by burial in the Greenview Memorial Park with military honors. Visitation will precede the funeral from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday.
An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at greenviewmemorial.com.
Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Published in Florence Times Daily on Jan. 31, 2013