James Edward Aldridge Sr.

September 12, 1944 - October 13, 2020
James Edward Aldridge Sr.

James Edward (“Eddie”) Aldridge, Sr. passed away in Wilmington, North Carolina on October 13, 2020.

Eddie was born on September 12, 1944 in Watts Hospital in Durham, North Carolina to his parents Willis Aldridge and Emily Dowdee Aldridge. As a child, he was a frequent presence around the Hope Valley golf course, he went everywhere with his older brothers, and was fortunate to have a number of close life-long friends. He attended Fork Union Military Academy later served in the Marine Corps Reserves. He made his career in the textiles industry and will be remembered for his affable nature and kindness to all he worked with.

Known to many as “Capt. Easy,” he was an avid fan of Duke Athletics and formed many close relationships with former football and basketball players that endured time and distance. Always a constant presence on the sidelines of his boy’s soccer games and he also loved being on the water. Fishing off Wrightsville Beach with friends and family was where he found his peace and perspective and taught his boys about much more than fishing. For the past 25 years, Eddie found love, support and companionship with his beloved Cindy.

Eddie is survived by his two brothers, Allen Aldridge and Willis “Bird” Aldridge; his significant other Cindy Walker, his two Sons, James Edward Aldridge, Jr., his wife Lindsey and their two children, London (6) and Logan (3); Son Bryson Aldridge, his wife Shannon Atkinson and their two children, Ella (10) and Liam (2). The family would also like to say a special thank you to Dr. Jeff Warhaftig, and his family, for the friendship, care and support he has provided over the past several years.

Known for his story telling, and memorable interaction with all those he came into contact with, everyone has a story to tell about Eddie. In lieu of a formal memorial service in the COVID era, the family would like to honor his story telling ways and have created a platform for everyone to share a special story or memory of Eddie for all to see and read. Please go to mykeeper.com/profile/EddieAldridge/ to contribute.

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  • October 25, 2020
    Ron Joyner says:
    James and Bryson, so sorry for your loss. You boys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • October 25, 2020
    Lynn Yarnall Moore says:
    So many wonderful memories from when we were related by marriage many years ago. May you find the peace you so justly deserve,Eddie dear

  • October 25, 2020
    Lynn Yarnall Moore says:
    So many wonderful memories from the many years when we were related by marriage. May you find the peace you so justly deserve

  • October 25, 2020
    Cam Johnson says:
    He made me proud to be a coach. Uncle Eddie was a huge fan (honestly, I'm pretty sure he was the biggest fan) of the team's I've coached, and he made me love it even more than I thought possible. I'll miss his post-game texts, and his encouragement for me to be the best coach possible. I'm so, so sad my basketball buddy is gone. I can't wait to hear the wisdom he brings to my heart.