Tomie Aldridge Sr., 68, of Van Buren passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his home. He was born Sept. 13, 1949, in Charleston to the late Lonnie and Ruby Aldridge. He was a retired painter, a member of the VFW and DAV and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Beulah Phillips and Loretta Aldridge; and two brothers, Gene and Bob Aldridge.
He is survived by his wife, Lizzie Aldridge of the home; five daughters, April Aldridge of Muldrow, Trista Perry and husband Bubba of Van Buren, Loretta James of Hanceville, Ala., Danielle Santillana of Roland and Gerrie Portillo and husband Genaro of Van Buren; four sons, Tomie Aldridge Jr. of Mulberry, Jackie Aldridge and wife Melissa of Fort Smith, Johnny Aldridge of Fort Smith and Josh Perry and wife Jennifer of Van Buren; five sisters, Hazel Lefevre of Van Buren, Peggy Lynch of Oark and Betty Atterberry, Nancy McNees and Netty Aldridge, both of Fort Smith; and 30 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be members of the local VFW. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.