Thursday evening we were saddened by the news of the passing of my sister-in-law Jan's father, Billy Aldridge. Billy was such a sweet and loving man. Jan's brother Wayne and I were best friends growing up in Itta Bena and Billy and Frances always considered me one of their own. When Andy and Jan got married it just solidified the connections between the Cummings and Aldridge families. Billy and Frances have always loved Matt and McKenzie right under their own grandchildren. Billy funeral was Sunday and the service and the graveside service were very nice and a very fitting tribute to him. The ladies of the church in Itta Bena fed the family at the church after the graveside service and we all had time to visit and reminisce about good times together. We'll miss Billy and we're praying for Frances and the rest of the family as they adjust to life without him.