Bennie "Hunter" Aldridge was born on October 2, 1945, in Stephens County, Oklahoma to Herman Edmond and Essie (Drake) Aldridge of Velma. He passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023, at the age of 77.
A memorial service is planned for Monday, April 24, at 10:00 A.M. at Whitt Funeral Home with Lyn Aldridge officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home/Oakcrest Cremation Center.
He was a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and graduated from Velma-Alma High School Class of 1964. He fell in love and married his soulmate, Gail, on March 21, 1993, uniting their two families. Hunter was known throughout his life as very charming and a bit mischievous. He loved animals, was always a hard worker and was loved and admired by many, He was a businessman, contractor, inventor and rancher. He always approached any project with how he could make something better and more appealing to the eye no matter what its intended use. He had a flair for design and enjoyed building and landscaping. He loved being outdoors in nature and sharing the things he enjoyed with Gail, his siblings, cousins, other friends and, of course, his beloved dogs. He had a deep connection to the family land and its interesting history as Indian headright lands at Velma and assigned to his paternal Chickasaw/Choctaw grandmother and passed down through the family. This is where he and Gail chose to build their beautiful home in which to spend their life together.
Hunter was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Phillip Aldridge; granddaughter, Bailey Bucceri; and stepdaughter, Marian Coddington. He is survived by his wife, Gail; daughter, September Bucceri; son, Peyton Aldridge and his wife Fox; grandchildren: Cayman Bucceri, Taylor and Trevor Aldridge; stepson: John Rafter; stepson-in-law: Steve Coddington, step grandchildren: Brennan Rafter, Jordan and husband Ragan Land, Chloe and Grant Coddington, and Firelily; great step grandchildren: Nathan and Collins. He is also survived by his sisters: Wyonette Nutt, Lula and husband Gary Corbin; nephews: Gavan Aldridge, Jason Hunter Aldridge, Chris Corbin; and nieces: Allison Saur, Randee Quillin, and Lorie Davis.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made at Alzheimer's Association, 2306 E. Gore Blvd. Suite 208, Lawton, OK 73501 or online at alz.org/oklahoma.
Online condolences can be made at www.whittfh.com.
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