Alta Myra Dowling Aldridge, 88, of Blackshear, passed away Friday evening, September 11, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Blackshear September 23, 1931, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life.  She had worked for the former Rose’s Department Store in Waycross at their lunch counter before going to work at JC Penney in their warehouse (which was located in downtown Waycross). She would eventually go on to work at their retail store as a sales associate in their catalog department and would retire after several years of service. She was the proud mother of nine children. Being an excellent cook – she made the best biscuits and fried chicken – was a necessity with such a large family. She loved being a mom and her children will tell you just how blessed they were to have her as their mom. She had been a devoted member of Southgate Baptist Church for many years and had been very active in singing in the church choir as well as other capacities until her health began to fail. She loved her church and church family and was proud to have three of her sons become pastors. She dearly loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren but she loved her Lord and Savior most of all.   

She was a daughter of the late Joseph Lester and Hattie Mae (Dowling) Dowling. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Latchlon Gwinnette Aldridge Sr. and by all of her sisters and brothers,  Nolie Crews, Fronnie Moody, Azalea Roberts, Mattie Banks, Elbert Dowling, Lester Dowling, Lacy Dowling and Ivey Dowling.

Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Myra and Rodell King and Sherry and Walter Watson, all of Blackshear; seven sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Latchlon Gwinnette “L.G.” andJanice Aldrige Jr., McRae, Joe and Diane Aldridge, Mershon, Lacy and Dianna Aldridge and the Rev. Mike and Sheila Aldridge, all of Blackshear, the Rev. Randall and Sherrilynn Aldridge, Ridgeway, VA, Victor and Mary Alice Aldridge, Waresboro and Dennis and Carolyn Aldridge, Blackshear; 48 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Monday, September 14, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 14, from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be in the Waters Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA  31501.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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