The Obit For Jim Eldridge

James W. Eldridge

Miami (OK) News Record
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Long time Miami resident, James W. Eldridge (83) passed away Tuesday evening Feb.19, 2013. Jim was born Aug. 16, 1929 in Southwestern Oklahoma to Haskell and Lena Eldridge and was a graduate of Altus High School.

He spent his early years working the family farm and playing baseball. He excelled at the sport and was invited to join the local men’s league at the age of 12. By 19, he was playing baseball professionally in the West Texas minor leagues. He first moved to Miami to play baseball for the local team in 1951 where he met and married his beloved wife of 59 plus years, Helen Eldridge until her passing in 2011.

Jim went on to served his country as a medic stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he also played baseball and participated in the 1955 Armed Services World Series.

Jim and his family returned to Miami in 1956 to work for B.F. Goodrich building tires and retired when the plant closed. He was an active coach, mentor and umpire for Miami Babe Ruth and Little League as well as umpired for local High Schools and Jr. Colleges for many years.

Jim is survived by his two sons; James E. Eldridge of Naples Island, Calif. and Mark Eldridge of Miami; and his two grandchildren; Christopher Eldridge of Miami, and Courtney Eldridge of Oklahoma City.