Jonas Donald Eldridge Senior "Don" "Sonny"

September 5, 1933 - January 15, 2017 Tucson, Arizona

Jonas Donald Eldridge also known as "Grandpa", "Don", and/or "Uncle Sonny", A Saved and God fearing man Sunrise September 5th, 1933 - Sunset peacefully at his home January 15, 2017. During his formative years he enlisted in the United States Army for 3 years. Jonas did tours during the Korean War earning many honors and being awarded numerous medals, until injured in battle and honorably discharged with a Purple Heart. He then joined the Navy Reserves “Seabee” years later and retired after 22 years, He was preceded in death by his Grandfather Jonas “Papa” Thomas who was over 105 years old when he passed, His mother Lilly Bell Hudson, father Samuel Eldridge, Brothers Samuel ”Uncle Jelly” Eldridge Jr, Joe Willie Thomas, Robert Lee Hudson. Sisters Lillie May Battle, Gertrude Gooden, Lela “Weedy” Bell, Josephine (His Twin), Alice Lee Livingston. And, his beloved son, Jonas “Joey” Eldridge Jr.

He is survived by wife of 64 years Sarah, Brother Bobby Ray Hudson, his wife Elaine. Jona's is also survived by his sons Billy, Tony his wife Seletha, Victor his wife Kathy, David and Lisa. His daughters Verma her husband Issiac Dickens, Deborah her husband James Bolden, Constance “Connie” Williams, Penny her husband Brian Scott, and Barbara. 28 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, host of friends and the entire Eldridge Legacy.

As an electrician after 30 years He retired from City of Tucson. His accomplishments included but are not limited to lighting Tucson Arizona by managing the installation of the traffic lights in the city. Jonas was saved and active early in life in Corsicana, Texas where he attended primary school and Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church were he was the driver for Pastor JT Thomas "Papa". In 1962 Jonas D. Eldridge Senior joined Southpark Church of God In Christ in Tucson, Arizona where he was a pivotal member, Watchmen, Deacon, Chairman of the Trusty Board, and active participant in the church's infrastructure to date. He was a friend to many and will be missed by all. As a firm supporter of education In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the not for profit charities Million Dollar Teacher Project at, Ronald McDonald House, Dunbar Association, and/or Wounded Warrior Project

Funeral Notice Detail

Wake - Friday, January 27th 4 pm to 7 pm
Evergreen Mortuary
3015 North Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705

Celebration of Life - Saturday, January 28th
Viewing: 10 am to 11 am
Service Starts at 11
South Park Church of God in Christ
2419 South Park Ave
Tucson, AZ 85713

Wake - Friday, February 3rd 4 pm to 7 pm
Ross and Johnson
110 West Jackson Ave #G
Corsicana, TX 75110

Celebration of Life - Saturday, February 4th
Viewing: 10 am to 11 am
Service Starts at 11 am
Calvary's Tabernacle of Praise Ministries
308 East 11th Ave
Corsicana, TX 75110

For Additional information and condolences visit or call 707.688.6429 or 520.8887470



- Samuel
- Lily Bell


- Samuel "Uncle Jelly" Jr.
- Joe Willy
- Robert Lee
- Bobby Ray
- Gertrude
- Lela Bell "Weedy"
- Josephine (His Twin)
- Alice Lee


- Anthony "Tony"
- Victor
- Billy "Bill"
- Jonas "Joey" Jr.
- David
- Verma
- Deborah
- Constance "Connie"
- Penny
- Barbara


- Walter
- Lloyd "Tico"
- Lorne "Andre"
- James "Jamie" "Jay"
- Wesley
- Terry
- Jonas "Javante"
- Kyron
- Benjamin
- Jabari
- Natasha "Tasha"
- Candace
- Lavetta
- Jenae
- Bianca
- Victoria
- Olympia
- Catrina
- Nicole
- Kemeko
- Antoinette
- Alondo "Shaun"
- Anthony Jr
- Christopher

Post a Tribute or Memory

Jan 22, 2017

Barbara (daughter)
Over the past four years, my father and I spent quite a lot of time together. I thank God for that time. Daddy, told each of us daily, "I love You". Daddy, you are missed!

Jan 21, 2017
Jhippz Dance

{Niece} My father and his brother {Sam 'JELLY' Eldridge Jr.} check out this song >

Jan 21, 2017
Rosalia Lindsey

I'm Rosalia Gooden-Lindsey,niece of Jonas Eldridge. My mother's brother. They showed us how to love one another. My uncle is loved,and he meant so much to many near and far. He'll be missed,but he's home now. In ny heart he's alright. My love and thoughts is with my family,and I'm asking that the love and strength he shared with us will help each of us to get through this time of his transition. Celebrate his homecoming. Rejoice and give God praise for our love one is alright. Love you all.

Jan 20, 2017
Wesley Williams

Nephew (Wesley)

Grandpa thank you for being a great role model a visionary are in a great man of God. You have taught me so much on how to be a man and what is it mean to be a vision carrier. You would definitely be missed and I love you and we all know we all love you very much . Thank you for the all and life lessons that you poured into me on those hot summer days. Thank you for being my grandfather and teaching me so much. I have a lifetime full of memories and conversations and joy to share with my family and love ones for generations to come . And I know you're up there enjoying your new mercies Grace and peace to you.

Jan 20, 2017
Connie (Daughter)

DADDY i LOVE YOU SO MUCH.............While you are in heaven here is your song! One of these morning and it won't be will look for me and I will be gone...I'm going to a place where I'll have nothing, nothing to do...but just walk around, walk around heaven all day. When I get to heaven I'm gonna sing and shout...Nobody will be able to put me out...My mother will be waiting...And my father, too...And we'll walk around, walk around heaven all day... Dear Lord above don't you hear me praying...Walk right by my side...Hold my hand when my way gets a little cloudy...I need you, I need you to be my guide...Every day will be Sunday, my Lord...Sabbath will have no end...And we'll do nothing but sing and praise Him...Then He'll say well done...And my race, my race will be won...And I'll walk around, walk around heaven all day...Walk around heaven...I'll just walk around heaven all day! Connie (Daughter)

Jan 20, 2017
Atllas Edwards


Grandpa we love you and miss you.

Jan 20, 2017
Lavetta Eldridge

I am going miss my grandpa...i just want say that think about my grandpa just sit back think about my you so much grandpa...remember you called me Angel of me my Eldridge family...i am your granddaughter of me

Jan 20, 2017
James Williamson

Grandpa you will always be loved and severely missed. Thank you for setting the example for those you have helped to raise over the generations. For showing me what a father should be for his family. I love you

Jan 20, 2017
Alondo Robinson

Deshaun- Love you Grandad, you will be missed!

Jan 19, 2017

Grandpa thank you for being the Strong example of a man. Thank you for loving me enough to be always tell just like I needed to hear it. You are truly missed. I will miss hearing your voice. Love you with all my heart. CATRINA WILLIAMS-ROSS

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