Calvin Lamar Aldridge
February 25, 1925 – February 5, 2014
Calvin Lamar Aldridge, age 88, of Shreveport, LA, passed away February 5, 2014 after losing his fight with cancer. Visitation will be held on February 8, 2014 from 11:00 to 1:00 at Greenoaks Funeral Home, Baton Rouge, LA with a service immediately following at 1:00. Officiating will be Tim Richardson of Baton Rouge, LA. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Cemetery. Lamar was a member of University Church of Christ in Shreveport, LA since 2003 and a former member of Goodwood Boulevard Church of Christ and Capital City Church of Christ in Baton Rouge, LA.
Mr. Aldridge was born on February 25, 1925 at home in Melton, MS (just south of Lorman, MS). He spent most of this childhood in Wilson, LA. Lamar was a World War II Veteran. He joined the Navy in February, 1943 at age 17. He was a Sonarman Second Class aboard the Patrol Craft PC1132 and toured the Pacific to Australia, Bora Bora and Fuji. He was honorably discharged in January, 1946. Lamar moved to Baton Rouge, LA in 1948 where he met his future wife, Helen Louise Hall, and were married June 8, 1951. Lamar retired from Exxon Chemical in Baton Rouge in 1987 as a Machinist First Class. Being a devout Christian, he taught Bible class and occasionally preached. He loved to sing, cook, travel, play golf and even spent time making golf clubs. Due to health reasons, he moved to Shreveport, LA in 2003 to live next to his daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Bernard Bayliss. In June of 2011, Lamar moved in with Becky and Bernard until August, 2013 where he resided at the Guest Care at Spring Lake Nursing Home in Shreveport, LA. After Lamar’s death, he was brought home to be buried next to his beloved wife, Helen, whom he loved and missed very much.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Helen Louise Hall Aldridge, parents Ashley Allen “Jack” Aldridge and Nina Zelma Anders Aldridge; three brothers, Ashely Russ Aldridge, Henry Elmo Aldridge and Bernice Eugene Aldridge and wife Audrey Singleton Aldridge; and one sister, Lora Oleita Aldridge Bankston and her husband Odis Hendry Bankston, Jr.
Lamar is survived by son David Lamar Aldridge and wife Lynn Aldridge of Baton Rouge, LA; his daughter Rebecca (Becky) Louise Aldridge Bayliss and her husband George Bernard Bayliss of Shreveport, LA; three grandsons, Michael David Aldridge, Allen Capell and Michael Capell and wife Ashley of Baton Rouge, LA; nieces, Dianne Aldridge Goulas and husband Art of Baton Rouge; Cindy Aldridge Hamilton of Baker, LA; Kay Bankston Kolb and husband Frank of Birmingham, AL; Kathie Rider of Cottage Grove, WI; Linda Rush Sissom and husband Jeff of Bartlett, TN; Susan Rush Pou and husband Troy of Wylie, TX; Tonya Hall Jones, Brenda Hall Crooks and husband Doug, Terri Hall Boston and husband Bill all of Stonewall, LA; nephews Ricky Rider, of Baton Rouge, LA; Robert Lloyd Hall, Jr and wife Beverly of Stonewall, LA as well as a number of great nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; and his dog and pal of 9 years, Foxy.
Pallbearers will be David L. Aldridge, Michael D. Aldridge, Allen Capell, Michael Capell, Todd Nettles and Ben Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers are Bernard Bayliss, Art Goulas, Frank Kolb, Tommy Day, Mack Lovering and Ralph Perry. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Greenoaks Funeral Home, Baton Rouge, LA
- Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2014
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2014
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February 20, 2014
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)
February 11, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. My heartfelt condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. 1Corinthains 15:26
February 7, 2014
Becky and Family,
So sorry to hear about your Dad Lamar. He will be missed by many of us. He's in a better place now with his wife Helen, my mother Doloris and my Dad Bill. Someday we will all rejoice togeather.
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
February 7, 2014
The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Calvin Lamar Aldridge our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Lamar. And to Lamar it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II while serving in the U.S. Navy. Lamar, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.
On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Lamar's family and loved ones.
Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101