Janet Lou Aldridge, 79, of Paron went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 26. She was born Dec. 1, 1933 to the late Betrum and Margaret Lindsay in Rock Falls, Ill. She was a member of New Life Baptist Church in Alexander and retired from Farm Bureau Insurance. She loved music, loved to sing, and loved sewing. In addition, she played the piano and taught many Sunday school classes throughout the different churches that she and her husband, Rev. Lester Aldridge, pastored. She became what she called a “foster” grandmother and aunt to many, shown unconditional love to those who had not had it and was given the gift of exceptional phone ministry to those that Mrs. Janet knew out of state. Janet loved her family, her friends, and the Lord very deeply.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bert, Marvin and George Lindsay; and one sister, Renie Woodyatt.
Survivors include her wonderful companion and husband of 63 years, Rev. Lester Aldridge of Paron; two daughters, Chris Wayland and husband Larry and Shirley Hitchcock and husband Virgil, all of Bryant; three sons, Lester Daniel Aldridge and wife Diane of Paron, Ted Aldridge and wife Connie of Bryant, and Paul Aldridge and wife April of North Little Rock; 13 grandchildren, Robyn Manees, David McCombs, Kelly Mangrum, Chad Aldridge, Daniel Aldridge, Anthony Aldridge, Lindsay Margaret Aldridge, Jory Aldridge, Jace Aldridge, Josh Aldridge, Xavier Aldridge, Lexi Aldridge, and Alivia Aldridge; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Maxine Knapp and husband Robert of Rock Falls; two brothers, Walter Lindsay and wife Janet and David Lindsay all of Rock Falls; numerous nieces and nephews; her best friend, Reba Hillenburg; other relatives; and many friends.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at New Life Baptist Church in Alexander with Rev. Sid Samples officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander. Serving as pallbearers will be Ronnie Hutchinson, Allen Manees, Paul Aldridge, David McCombs, Isaac McCombs, and Jonthan Austin.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047).
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