Junior Bridges, son of the late Drew Thomas Bridges and Alpha Cooper Bridges, was born June 1, 1934 in Viola, Arkansas and died June 19, 2012 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 78 years.
He was united in marriage December 2, 1951 in Salem, Arkansas to Lyndall Ball.
He is survived by his wife, Lyndall Ball Bridges, of the home, West Plains; three children, Kelly Bridges, wife, Debbie, Pomona, Missouri, LaDonna Bridges, Westborough, Massachusetts, and James Gregory Bridges, wife, Leslie, Noblesville, Indiana; one brother, Bobby Bridges, wife, Marge, West Plains; six grandchildren, Amee Minge, husband, Justin, West Plains, Rory Bridges, wife, Lexi, Nixa, Missouri, Caitlin Hoffman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Taylor Hoffman, Westborough, Massachusetts, Madeline Bridges, Noblesville, Indiana, and Olivia Bridges, Noblesville, Indiana; four great grandchildren, Ethan Minge, West Plains, Anna Minge, West Plains, Aven Bridges, Nixa, Missouri, and Paxton Bridges, Nixa, Missouri. Also the family wanted to mention Junior’s precious caregiver, Cheryl Morgan. She was truly a blessing for this family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Terry Bruce Bridges; four brothers, Clyde Richardson, J.C. Bridges, Roy Bridges, and Coy Lee Bridges; six sisters, Barbara Barnett, Anna Mae Wray, Ruby Jean Handlesman, Thelma Todd, Alma Davis, and Lola Westerfield.
He loved to hunt, fish, work in his garden, and work on his farm. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his early years he was the owner of a race car, traveling around to the different tracks. He was an avid NASCAR fan.
Services will be held Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Reverend David Ball officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s and left at the funeral home.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.
Private family burial services.