|Birth: ||Jul. 22, 1918|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 2008|
Mrs. John E. "Jean" Aldridge, 89, of Jackson and formerly of Winona and Vaiden, died January 25, 2008, at Chateau Ridgeland in Ridgeland. Visitation will be at Wright
& Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson beginning at 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 29, 2008. Services will follow the visitation at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of the funeral home in Jackson, with burial thereafter in Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home of Jackson is handling arrangements.
Anne Jean Butt Aldridge, a native of Vaiden, was born July 22, 1918, the daughter of Cyrus Hugh Butt and Jeannette Smith Butt, who were both from Carroll County. Jean was the first of two children, with her younger brother, Cyrus Hugh Butt, III, having predeceased her in 1988.
She graduated as Salutatorian from Vaiden High School in 1935, and received an Associate in Arts degree from Grenada College in Grenada, Mississippi, in May, 1937. She held offices in the Grenada College Glee Club and Little Theater and participated in various theater productions. She later took several extension courses from the University of Mississippi at their post-war center for veterans in Winona.
On December 31, 1937, she married John Edward Aldridge of Winona, at St. Clements Episcopal Church in Vaiden. Johnny and Jean enjoyed over 69 years of marriage together, with Johnny predeceasing her nine months ago on April 22, 2007.
During their first 23 years of marriage living in Winona, Jean was an invaluable and faithful help-mate to her husband in all his many successful endeavors - from assisting at his law office in Winona to helping elect him to public service for over 20 years as a State Senator, State Representative and District Attorney -- and to the rearing of their three sons, especially enduring the hardship of caring for their two pre-Pearl Harbor children, Jack and Franklin, while Johnny volunteered his services in the U.S. Army oversees during World War II.
Jean also was active in the Winona community and surrounding area as an award-winning newspaper Correspondent for several years with The Commercial Appeal, Birmingham News, and Jackson Daily News, whereby much of the notoriety and future success of many local events and Winona athletes were made prominent. She also had her own radio program on WONA called "People in the News"; she helped establish a hospitality booth at her community's crossroads as an active member of the Better America in Winona Club; assisted in her husband's role as Coordinator of the Ole Miss Extension Center for Veterans after the war; and faithfully served through the First Baptist Church of Winona, while making sure all 3 sons had perfect attendance records in Sunday School.
The Aldridge family moved to Jackson in 1960, where Jean and Johnny initially worked together at the State Capitol in the office of Governor Ross Barnett - Jean as the Governor's receptionist for his entire 4-year term and Johnny as his chief legislative advisor during the 1960 legislative session. Jean was always known for her genuine hospitality, friendly smile and greeting, helpful attitude, and kindness to all who came to see the Governor or visit our State Capitol. At that time, the Governor's office had a very small staff where Jean was called to assist with legislative and other matters as well. Through her individual concern and personal effort with legislators, Jean was instrumental in the adoption of legislation that helped save French Camp School and Academy.
Jean and her husband Johnny continued working together as a team for the election of numerous political candidates, with the goal of making Mississippi a better place for all to live. Although Johnny had previously been the successful candidate, it was generally acclaimed that the best politician in the Aldridge family was Jean Aldridge.
She served on the State Board for the Barnett Ladies Staff and the Ladies Staffs of two other Governors (Paul Johnson, Jr. and William Waller). Jean was actively involved in numerous service, civic, community and historical organizations: President of the Official Mississippi Women's Club; organizer and the first President of the "Pike-ettes", an auxiliary of the Gamma Iota Chapter (Ole Miss) of Pi Kappa Alpha, which played a key role in the chapter's current fraternity house; a Vice President of Hinds County Lawyers Wives; Mississippi Historical Society; Mississippi Genealogical Society; Family Research Association of Central Mississippi; Hinds County Republican Women; W.D. Holder Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy; Woodland Hills Garden Club; Fortnightly Club; Maids and Matrons Club; Heritage Luncheon Club; Mississippi Museum of Art; Salvation Army Auxiliary; and Goodwill Individual Volunteer Services. She was also a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson.
Additionally, she contributed her many talents by volunteering to write wedding articles, obituaries and other stories of interest for her many friends, and to write poems about individuals for ceremonies honoring their life and work. Jean was a true friend, a loving mother, always gracious, always giving - a grand lady.
She is survived by their three sons, Dr. John E. (Jack) Aldridge and wife Nancy of Brandon, Franklin B. Aldridge of Ridgeland, and Ronald H. (Ron) Aldridge and wife Beth of Jackson; five grandchildren, John Thomas Aldridge and wife, Christy of Meridian, Nancilynn Dickey and husband Scotty of Brandon, and Ryan Aldridge, Angela Aldridge, and Melanie Aldridge, all of Jackson; and four great-grandchildren, Jesse and Jonathan Dickey of Brandon, and John Thomas and Anna Beth Aldridge of Meridian.
Memorials may be made to: Foundation of Mississippi History, P. O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205, designated for the Coker House Restoration or as a general gift; First Baptist Church of Jackson, P. O. Box 250, Jackson, MS 39205; or one's favorite charity.
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 1/28/2008.
Cyrus Hugh Butt (1883 - 1932)
Jeannette Smith Butt (1893 - 1974)
John Edward Aldridge (1912 - 2007)*
John Edward Aldridge (1938 - 2014)*
Anne Jean Butt Aldridge (1918 - 2008)
Cyrus Hugh Butt (1921 - 1988)*
Parkway Memorial Cemetery
Maintained by: David Butt
Originally Created by: Patricia Langley Harvey
Record added: Jan 28, 2008
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