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Lillian Carolyn <I>Gibson</I> Aldridge

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Lillian Carolyn Gibson Aldridge

Birth
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Death
27 Jun 2022 (aged 88)
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
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Carolyn Gibson Aldridge, age 88, passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 27, 2022. She was born February 18, 1934, to James Finn Gibson and Ruby Marguerite Futrell Gibson, joining the family as the last of five daughters. Carolyn spent her childhood years living in Memphis and the surrounding countryside. She was a 1952 graduate of Memphis Technical High School which ultimately led to a career as a tax examiner working with the Internal Revenue Service later in life. Carolyn first met Steve Aldridge at the Shelby County Mid-South Fair and they married on May 28, 1952. An active member of the U.S. Navy, Steve was soon stationed in Halawa Aiea, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii where he and Carolyn began their life together. It was in Hawaii that they had their first child and Carolyn developed a love for the aloha spirit. Carolyn cherished her time in Hawaii—their marital and family beginnings, adventurous excursions, and an admiration for the Bird of Paradise flower, known as the ultimate symbol of freedom and joy. She and Steve returned to Hawaii several times during their long marriage. In 1956, the couple moved to Memphis where they spent valuable years growing and raising their family. After Steve's retirement in 1993, the couple relocated to Kodak, Tennessee where they built their dream log cabin with a scenic view of the Great Smoky Mountains and overlooking the French Broad River. Steve and Carolyn named their homestead Casa TeRaSeTa, after their four children. It was here that Carolyn spent the last thirty years enjoying her "little slice of heaven". The simplest pleasures in life brought her great joy. She loved playing the piano, experiencing outings with fellow seniors at First Baptist Church, and serving as a longtime greeter at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

She was predeceased by the death of their first born, Terry Diane, as well as, her parents, and sisters Martha Bennett, Mary Richards, and Dorothy Martin. In keeping with her nature, immediate family members will hold a private graveside service.
Carolyn Gibson Aldridge, age 88, passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 27, 2022. She was born February 18, 1934, to James Finn Gibson and Ruby Marguerite Futrell Gibson, joining the family as the last of five daughters. Carolyn spent her childhood years living in Memphis and the surrounding countryside. She was a 1952 graduate of Memphis Technical High School which ultimately led to a career as a tax examiner working with the Internal Revenue Service later in life. Carolyn first met Steve Aldridge at the Shelby County Mid-South Fair and they married on May 28, 1952. An active member of the U.S. Navy, Steve was soon stationed in Halawa Aiea, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii where he and Carolyn began their life together. It was in Hawaii that they had their first child and Carolyn developed a love for the aloha spirit. Carolyn cherished her time in Hawaii—their marital and family beginnings, adventurous excursions, and an admiration for the Bird of Paradise flower, known as the ultimate symbol of freedom and joy. She and Steve returned to Hawaii several times during their long marriage. In 1956, the couple moved to Memphis where they spent valuable years growing and raising their family. After Steve's retirement in 1993, the couple relocated to Kodak, Tennessee where they built their dream log cabin with a scenic view of the Great Smoky Mountains and overlooking the French Broad River. Steve and Carolyn named their homestead Casa TeRaSeTa, after their four children. It was here that Carolyn spent the last thirty years enjoying her "little slice of heaven". The simplest pleasures in life brought her great joy. She loved playing the piano, experiencing outings with fellow seniors at First Baptist Church, and serving as a longtime greeter at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

She was predeceased by the death of their first born, Terry Diane, as well as, her parents, and sisters Martha Bennett, Mary Richards, and Dorothy Martin. In keeping with her nature, immediate family members will hold a private graveside service.

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