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Roland Anton Aldridge passed away on June 14th, 2023, at his residence in Texas City, TX... Roland was born on December 17, 1966, in Wharton, Texas to Mr. Marvin Mack Aldridge and Mrs. Marjorie M. Aldridge. He is preceded in death by his father Marvin Mack Aldridge, three brothers: Clarence Lee Aldridge, Danny Edward Aldridge, and Kevin L. Daniels.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn Gail Aldridge, Texas City, TX. mother: Marjorie M. Aldridge, of West Texas City, TX Brothers: Ronald Aldridge of Texas City, TX., Marvin C. (Vida) Aldridge of La Marque, TX, Christopher T. Aldridge and Gregory Aldridge Wharton, TX; sisters: Alice K. Aldridge of Texas City, TX and Jacqueline Aldridge Brown of West Texas City, TX
Roland marriage of 25 years to Gail he inherited three children: NeKoshia, Adrien and Devin seven grandkids Amanie, Marcus, Bryndi, Dana, Donte, Eryn and Darien. Nieces and nephews: Yvette, Marlo, Marjorie, Desiree, Charlene, Sakeena, Roneshia, host of cousins and friends.
He was united and baptized at an early age by Pastor W.C. Yancy of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Glen Flora, TX. Then under the leadership of Pastor Charles McWashington whom is still the current Pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
He was a graduate of El Campo High School in El Campo, Texas, (Rice Bird).
A US Navy Seal where he served his country proudly 03/22/1988 – 11/14/1991. Roland was in The Persian Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm, aboard the USS Saratoga ship where he primarily was in the Red Sea. Roland witnesses the loss of 21 crewmembers, which was his friends in a ferry boat accident off the coast of Haifa, Israel. He always told the story he was in protective custody that night. He had an altercation with a crew member and was put in the ship brigs. Roland was given a name during his service in the Navy, “Big Daddy”. Whitney Houston welcomed the Heroes of the USS Saratoga and Roland served as her bodyguard during her visit. He was honored to do so. If you knew Roland, he loved to sing. He was in a group on the ship. Roland was overjoyed when they were asked to sing for Whitney Houston.
Upon Roland discharged from the Navy, he relocated to Texas City, TX. He joined church under the leadership of Pastor W.W. Jackson and was called in the ministry to preach God’s uncompromised word. He wasn’t just a singer. He knew the word of God and preached the word of God very well. God blessed him to be part of four great gospel groups: Exodus Tammy Davis, Corliss Ross, Edna Robinson, and Deborah Martin, and the late Minister James White; Inspirational Voices of Joy with Pastor Hall; The Servants of Texas City with his brother Charles Aldridge, and Voices of The Mainland. His favorite gospel group was the Canton Spirituals, and he loved all their songs. But he had his favorites; Walk Around Heaven, Morning Dove, and Mississippi Poor Boy.