|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1921|
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 2006|
On September 1, 1940, Miss Eleanor Johnson & Paul Judson Eldredge wed at West End Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. Isabelle Johnson Whatley was her sister's matron of honor. After 54 years of marriage, Paul died July 23, 1994, Eleanor on September 18, 2006. They are buried in Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Baton Rouge, LA.
OBITUARY BY WALT & MIKE ELDREDGE;
Eleanor Johnson Eldredge left us softly on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006. Throughout her life, her grace & good cheer created happiness & harmony in all around her. Her last days were spent in sharing her love & wisdom with her family & many friends, some lifelong & some who knew the beauty of her presence only in its sunset.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Judson Eldredge, who died in 1994. Their 54-year union was a source of warmth & strength not only to each other but also to all who knew them; indeed its gentle light continued to guide her steps & her faith until the end of her days.
Eleanor was born on March 22, 1921, in Bowdon, Ga. Her parents were William Thomas Johnson Jr. & Evie Lee Downs Johnson of Bowdon. A sister, Charlsie Isabelle Johnson Whatley, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by a brother, George William Johnson & his wife, Evelyn, of Roswell, Ga.; a niece, Eleanor Jeanne Whatley Baldwin & husband Doug of Gainesville, Ga.; & three nephews, William Johnson, Phillip Johnson & Jeffery Johnson, all living in the Atlanta area. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Mattie Eldredge Lisenby of Atlanta; two sons & daughters-in-law, Walter Judson Eldredge & Peggy Kamman Eldredge of Baton Rouge, & Michael Paul Eldredge & Patricia Ann Goodell of Gastonia, N.C.; & three grandsons, Judson Holloway Eldredge, William Downs Eldredge & Thomas Linton Eldredge, all of Baton Rouge. Her survivors also include an extended family of Will & Sarah Snee of College Station, Texas, & David, Amanda, Roger & Alexis Boyd of Baton Rouge.
Eleanor was raised in Atlanta & graduated from Girls' High School there. She graduated from Atlanta Junior College, where she held offices of president & treasurer of Baptist Student Union & of Chi Rho Sigma sorority, & vice-president of student council & of the student body. She held a Sigma Pi Alpha honorary fraternity key & was voted both Most Representative & Most Intellectual among the student body. She then attended Emory University & served on the faculty of the University System of Evening College of Georgia. Married Sept. 1, 1940, she interrupted her education to live with her husband in Birmingham, Ala., Fayetteville, N.C., & Wilsons, Va., while his battalion was in training. When he embarked for overseas duty, she returned to Atlanta, where she coordinated aerial surveillance activities for the Civil Air Patrol. When Paul returned from combat in Italy, they lived in Anniston, Ala., & then in Washington, D.C., where she held a position in the personnel department of the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service. After the war, they raised their two sons in Baton Rouge, where Eleanor was active with the First United Methodist Church & with Scouting, serving as Den Mother & as Pack Master for Cub Pack 6 sponsored by the church. She resumed her education at LSU in 1964, achieving a 4.0 scholastic record. She served on the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church, taught Sunday school & for many years volunteered weekly to help with the upkeep of membership records. In 1972-75, they resided in Somerville, N.J., where they quickly became mainstays of the Martinsville Methodist Church. From 1975-78, they resided in Baytown, Texas. They returned to Baton Rouge in 1979 & resumed their active role with the church. They were energetic participants in the Grand Squares Dance Club. In later years, Eleanor was a supporter of the Pennington Foundation, WRKF Public Radio, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, & Scouting. At the Baton Rouge Garden Club, she became known as "The Bird Lady" for her entertaining & informative presentations about local birds of interest. In competition, her educational exhibit "Feathered Friends" was awarded Best In State honors. In recognition of her many contributions, she was chosen for the Circle of Roses by the LA Garden Club Federation. She was a charter member of the Twelfth Nighters group, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, serving twice as president. She was also a member the Tigerland ExxonMobil Annuitants Club. She vigorously pursued genealogical activities. She traveled frequently to verify information at cemeteries, churches & courthouses. Her personal observations became a valuable reference source for other researchers. She was a member of the Genealogical Societies of Baton Rouge, of Bowdon, GA & of Carroll County, GA. She was also a member of the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The General Philemon Thomas Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored her with the Bronze Medal for Good Citizenship.
Arrangements entrusted to Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd. Graveside service at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Airline & Jefferson highways, Baton Rouge.
William Thomas Johnson (1884 - 1948)
Evie Lee Downs Johnson (1894 - 1938)
Paul Judson Eldredge (1915 - 1994)*
Charlsie Isabelle Johnson Whatley (1917 - 2001)*
Eleanor Johnson Eldredge (1921 - 2006)
George William Johnson (1926 - 2010)*
Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum
East Baton Rouge Parish
Plot: Garden of Peace 18 C 2
Maintained by: EleanorB
Originally Created by: Rita Graves
Record added: Jul 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20614596