1930 - 2007
Gene Auldridge, 77, of Electra, passed away Wednesday, November 28, in Electra.
Services were held Saturday at Aulds Funeral Home of Electra with Rev. Charles Nichols, pastor of Southside Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, and Rev. Bob Lee, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Electra, officiating. Interment followed in Electra Memorial Park under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Electra.
Mr. Auldridge was born August 17, 1930 in Shamrock, to James Gilbert Auldridge and Edna Mable VanHuss Auldridge. He graduated in 1951 from Clarendon High School. He and Sandra Trout were married July 26, 1956 in Clovis, New Mexico. She preceded him in death on February 21, 1991. He was a ranch hand at several ranches in the Panhandle and worked for the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, and the Burnett Ranch in Iowa Park. When he left the ranches, he became employed by Texas Department of Transportation where he retired as a sign man in 1991. While in Clarendon, Mr. Auldridge formed the Caprock Valley Boys & Girls Band and after moving to Electra, he organized a band. They played for the Senior Citizens at several places including Rolling Meadows, Merrill Gardens, Texhoma Christian Care Center, and the Royal Estates. He was the host for the Grandfield Jamboree and the Electra Senior Citizen’s Opry. He was a member of the Electra Riding Club, and had been an announcer for several area rodeos. He was a Volunteer Ombudsman, delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family.
Survivors include a son, James of Iowa Park; a sister, Mary Lee Malone of Marshville, Missouri; his companion, Frances Arnold of Electra; her two sons, Albert Arnold and Robert Arnold, both of Electra; her two daughters, Dorothy Pearcy of Bastrop and Debbie Halencak of Electra; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Electra Senior Citizen Center, 503 West Michigan Avenue, Electra, Texas 76360.