Colleagues remember former Dalton City councilman Carl Eldridge as a man committed to the city and to his community.
“He was a good man. He cared about Dalton, and he worked hard for the city,” said former mayor and City Council member Jimmy Young.
Eldridge passed away on Sunday at the age of 98.
“He was very friendly, very polite. He was always easy to work with, and I don’t recall him ever disagreeing with me,” Young said.
Eldridge represented Ward 2 on the council from 1972 to 1977, serving three two-year terms.
“He was very devoted to his ward and very dedicated to the city,” said Donnie Ellis, who served with Eldridge for six years as both a member of the council and as mayor.
“Carl was always interested in what was going on in the city and doing what he could to make it a better place,” Ellis said.
Ellis said Eldridge worked hard on developing the city’s leash law. Eldridge also served on the council when it developed the Nob North Golf Course.
According to his obituary, Eldridge was born in Buggertown, Tenn. His family moved to Varnell, where he graduated from Cohutta High School. During World War II he lived in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he worked on the Manhattan Project. After World War II, he returned to Whitfield County and worked for Mill End Jobbers until he retired. He was a member and past president of the Dalton Kiwanis Club. He retired to Sarasota, Fla., before moving to Fort Payne, Ala.
The family will receive visitors today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whitfield Memorial Gardens.