John Samuel Eldridge, of Lexington Park, died peacefully, January 14, 2012, at Hospice of St. Mary’s in Calloway. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 10 to 11am, with services to be held at 11am at First Baptist Missionary Church, with Pastor McClanahan officiating. Interment will take place immediately following the service at the church cemetery.
Born October 24, 1950 in Lexington Park, John was the son of the late Mary Edith Gordon Jones and Lester Clay Henry Eldridge.
Mr. Eldridge was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He received his education in the St. Mary’s County Public School System. Throughout his life he enjoyed working as a roofer and handyman. He enjoyed watching TV-especially sporting events, including boxing and the Baltimore Ravens, playing cards, dancing and being around his grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Wilson W. Williams, and his lifelong companion and friend of over 37 years, Blanche Marie Spears, who died only 13 hours prior; the two were inseparable even in death, brother; James William Eldridge, two sisters; Elizabeth Bryan and Brenda Williams; nephew Kevin Williams.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Jay Spears and daughter-in-law Danielle; grandchildren Jalen and Jaela Spears all of Waldorf, Martel and Martaz Spears of Lexington Park. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Jennifer Brown (Eli) of California, MD, Renee Shelton (Daniel) of Nashville, TN, Bridgette Hughes (Bennie) of Waldorf, Claudia Barnett of Lexington Park, Lionel Williams of Nashville, TN, Kevin Williams (Arlene) of Toronto, Canada, and Vernon Eldridge of Waldorf; special aunt Edna Taylor of Baltimore and a host of other family and friends.