Mr. Owen James Aldridge, 81 of the Billyville community of Woodbine passed away at his residence, Friday afternoon, July 22nd, 2011.
Mr. Aldridge was born in Hoboken, Ga. on February 19th, 1930. He is the son of the late John Timothy and Ronovell Bennett Aldridge. He is married to Avie Viola Martin Aldridge and they have shared the trials and rewards of life and love together for almost 59 years. Said by his family, Mr. Aldridge was an avid workaholic, who loved to do lawn work. One of his favorite saying of all was “I know it”. He was always at the ready to lend a hand and never met a stranger. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Camden County road department with over 40 years of service. Mr. Aldridge cherished being with his family and attending reunions. He was always up for dining out and loved the old sitcoms, like the Andy Griffith Show. Mr. Aldridge loved the Lord and was always ready to hear the word, whether at Ben James Primitive Baptist Church in Pierce County or through the gospel music he loved so well. His passing will be felt deeply by both his family and his friends.
Mr. Aldridge is survived by his beloved wife, Viola Aldridge of Woodbine; his children, Frances Jeanette Harrison, James Edward (Vicki) Aldridge and Richard Lewis Aldridge all of Woodbine; his grandchildren, Dorothy (Matt) Ponsell, Stacy Lightsey, DJ (Ashley) Harrison, Shannon (Amy) Herrin, Heather (Doyle) Dixon and Ashley Aldridge; and his great grandchildren, Tayler, Travis and Zeb Ponsell, Cody and Garrett Herrin, Dalton Dixon and Cale Webb.
Besides his parents, Mr. Aldridge is preceded in passing by his siblings, Mary Pearl Seymour, Lucille Norfolk, Thelma Aldridge, Johnny, Joe and Lee Aldridge.
Calling hours for Mr. Aldridge will be from 2:30 to 3:45 pm Monday, July 25th, 2011 at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow in the Wainwright Chapel in the funeral home with Elder Bert Holden of Ben James Primitive Baptist Church in Pierce Co., Pastor Tommy Sikes of the Blest Community Church of Burnt Fort and Reverend Hilton Martin of Southview Church of God in Douglas. Casket bearers will be DJ Harrison, Davis and Ray Martin, Burley Davis, Jamey Howell, and Doyle Dixon. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Russell, James Drury, Elder Wendell Hortin, Cliff Roberson, Sammy Parrish, Otto Walker, Nathan Hamilton, Pastor Eddie Rawls, Revis Hickox, and Gerald Stewart. The committal service will follow in Colesburg Cemetery.
February 19, 1930 – July 22, 2011