Austin Derek Aldridge, age 25 of Spartanburg, SC, passed away in the line of duty on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, while employed as a Deputy First Class with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. Austin was born in Greenville County on May 20, 1997, graduated from Wren High School in 2016, and attended North Greenville University. He graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 2019 and began his law enforcement career with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office on April 8, 2019. Austin married his loving wife, Jessica Link Aldridge, on September 14, 2019. She is expecting their first child in February, 2023.
Austin enjoyed tabletop and video games, The Lord of the Rings, reading for fun, and working out at the gym. Austin treasured time with family and an abundance of dedicated friends he referred to as, “The Party.” Austin was a precious soul who loved the Lord and served on the security team at his home church, First Baptist Lyman in Lyman, SC. He was kindhearted, slow to anger, patient, genuine, witty, brave, and incredibly loyal to his family, friends, and community.
In addition to his wife, Jessica, and their unborn child, Austin is survived by his mother, Deborah Spearman Aldridge of Simpsonville, SC, and his father, Derek Alan Aldridge of Fountain Inn, SC, his sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie Arntz Tenbrink and Victor Tenbrink and nephews, James Tenbrink and Luke Tenbrink, all of Virginia Beach, VA, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mark Wesley Link and Monica Kent Link of Spartanburg, SC, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Hannah Link Lassiter and John Lassiter of Pensacola, FL.
The Celebration of Austin’s life will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Church at the Mill, 4455 Anderson Mill Road, Moore, SC, 29369. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department and Pastor Bill Morris will lead the service. Austin’s family is respectfully requesting that this service be a private one open only to family, friends of family, close friends, and law enforcement. For the public and the media, the Church at the Mill will be providing a live stream of the service, which can be accessed via their website at www.churchatthemill.com. At 3:45 pm Sunday afternoon, a graphic will appear on the website that leads to their YouTube page and a countdown timer. Burial will follow in Westwood Memorial Gardens, 6101 Reidville Road, Moore, SC 29369.
Memorial donations may still be given to Austin’s Go Fund Me page at http://www.gofundme.com/f/austin-aldridge Austin’s family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming love, support, visits, kind words and actions, and sincerely appreciate all the prayers on their behalf.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 New International Version: 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel