Nudi's Neighbors | The Aldredge clan gather for reunion

June 13, 2014 

It's going to be a great week for the descendants of William and Margaret "Muggie" Aldredge.

Scattered across the United States, four generations of the Aldredge clan are gathering for an annual return to their roots in Bradenton.

This year's highlight of the family reunion will be the beach wedding of Brad Aldredge and Jenny Riopel on Thursday.

The families of Hank and Bill Aldredge III, and their sister, Sandy Aldredge Smith, are staying at Blue Water Beach Club in Anna Maria to celebrate with the future bride and groom, Brad, who is Bill III's son

Hank and Bill, both deceased, owned Aldredge Realty in Bradenton for many years with their father, Bill Jr., and mother, Cecelia, who moved to the area in 1946.

"Cee" also left her mark in downtown Bradenton by opening a dress shop, Peg & Cee's, with her sister-in-law, Peggy Aldredge, in the 1950s. Cee, the family matriarch, now 98, lives with her daughter, Sandy Smith, in McDonough, Ga.

The wedding will reunite children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Bill Jr. and Cee, as well as the remaining daughter of Bill Sr. and Muggie, Dot Aldredge Williams and her husband, Ray.

Attending are Hank's widow, Martha Aldredge; her children, Steve and Amy; Amy's husband, Lee Chapman and their family; Bill III's widow, Laura and her sons, Brad, with his fiance, Jenny, and Chris, and his wife, Stephanie, and her daughter, Dess, with all their families; and Sandy and her husband, Rob Smith, with son, Matt, and his wife, Jen, as well as daughter, Cheltzie, and her children.

[ ] U.S. Air Force Capt. Kimberly Pierce, who served a six-month tour as a nurse in Afghanistan, is in town visiting family. That's Team Pierce, including Fred, Lynn, Lauren, Bill, Marcie, Val, Shannon and Christopher, as well as Team Manring, including Jim, Sue, Sherri and Chris.

[ ] Bradenton residents Lou and Terry Manganello are bursting with pride since their grandson, Specialist Devin Bowdren, recently received the Purple Heart and The Army Commendation Medal while serving in Afghanistan.

[ ] Shepherd Hamel wants to share the news her father, Albert G. Hamel, will be 100 on Monday.

[ ] Pastor Joe Connolly from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs underwent successful right shoulder replacement surgery at Blake Medical Center.

"My fastball could be as good as it was 40 years ago," joked Father Joe.

[ ] Bob Stanell of CS&L CPAs tried to avoid his 50th at work by taking a few days off. But his friends and co-workers say, "You can't escape it, Bob!"

[ ] Blake Keller may have become disenchanted with football at the University of Central Florida his freshman season. But it seems like the former Manatee Hurricanes defensive end is his old self again. Keller is now on scholarship at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., where he'll redshirt this fall and have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

[ ] Bradenton City Councilman Gene Brown is 39. Again.

[ ] To celebrate her eighth birthday, Emma Grace Harrigan invited her girlfriends to the house for a sleepover. Only no one in the household got any sleep, apparently. Mom Susan joked on Facebook: No more slumber parties.

[ ] Hope everyone sent Sam Hershfield best wishes for his 69th last Wednesday.

Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with "Nudi's Neighbors" every Friday. Reach him at cnudi@bradenton.com.

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