Donnie Lynn Aldridge was born August 5, 1948 to Ezell Brown Sr. and Effie Aldridge in Bastrop, Texas. He accepted Christ in 1984, and remained a faithful member at the Church of Christ at East Side in Austin, Texas until his departure.
Donnie graduated from Bastrop High School in Bastrop, Texas in 1967. While there he was a star football player and made headlines by his athletic ability. On May 29, 2009 he was inducted into the Bastrop High School Football Hall of Fame for the years he played from 1963-1967. After graduation he attended Arizona Western College and the University of Texas at El Paso where he played football, and was given the opportunity to play in the NFL. Other educational experiences include Southwest School of Electronics in Austin, where he completed his certification in the electronic field.
Through the years Donnie was an excellent softball player who loved the game! As time passed he decided he would no longer play the game, but run the game as an umpire. He also enjoyed being a referee for middle school and high school basketball. Donnie had numerous articles in the Austin American Statesman detailing his awesome ability to call games right!
Donnie was an avid lover of watching sports! Everyone who knew him knew that his favorite teams in sports are Texas Longhorns (college) and the Dallas Cowboys (NFL). He was a die-hard Lady Longhorns fan! Each year he held season passes, and he attended faithfully. During football season, if you were anywhere in the vicinity when he was watching the Texas Longhorns and they scored a touchdown, you would clearly hear “HOOK-EMMM HORNS” being yelled with pride along with the Longhorn hand sign going up in the air. His hobbies include playing dominoes, cooking, attending estate sales, and collecting antiques. If you were fortunate enough to be around him when one of his favorite songs came on you got a chance to experience his wonderful singing. Donnie could sing! He loved singing to the tunes of the male soulful sounds of groups like The Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Jackson Southernaires.
Donnie had a passion for helping people, and held numerous positions in the medical field. He worked at Abby Medical for years before taking a position as Surgical Coordinating Manager for South Austin Surgical Center. While working there, he wanted to create a legacy for his family so with an entrepreneurial mindset he started, “Texas Express Delivery Service”, which serviced the Austin and surrounding area with delivering medical supplies and documents. Later on in life, he continued his journey as an entrepreneur by becoming a Director with Prepaid Legal-Legal Shield.
He was a proud member of the Black Pflugerville Business Builders and participated as a member of the Edward Ministerial Association Inc. He received honorable mention from the Austin Police Department.
Donnie Lynn Aldridge took his rest on Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family in Round Rock, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, and four siblings.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving, dedicated wife of 43 years, Doris Aldridge of Round Rock, Texas; two daughters Danielle Aldridge of Houston, Texas, and Davetta Greene (Kendon Greene, Sr.) and three grandsons: Jaylen, Kendon II, and Kameron. of Desoto, Texas. His siblings: Helen Terry of Bastrop, Texas; Ezell Brown, Jr. (Verra) of Houston, Texas; Pastor Tommie Lee Brown (Virginia) of Dallas, Texas; Janice Sanchell (Leroy) of Dallas, Texas; Fannie M. Brown of Houston, Texas; Henry L. Brown (Renee’) of Austin, Texas; Linda Ross of Austin, Texas; Ray C. Brown of Bastrop, Texas; Robert L. Brown (Nealia) of Bastrop, Texas; Wendy Brown-Potts of Austin, Texas; Lola M. Carter of Austin, Texas; and Roy Lee Brown of Fort Worth, Texas; his dedicated and loving Aunt Irene Ates of Austin, Texas; and his loving Aunt Laverne Aldridge of Austin, Texas as well as a host of relatives and friends.