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Junior G. Bridges
Junior G. Bridges

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.



  1. Pam Woodward
    June 20, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    So sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family.

    Rocky & Pam Woodward

  2. Carol Hollingshad Holt
    June 21, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    I remember my father and Junior at the race tracks way back when, with K Highway being of my first racing memories. Both Robert and I are truly sorry for your loss and will have your family in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. May the Good Lord bless and keep you through this difficult time. Robert & Carol (Hollingshad) Holt

  3. Bud & Marie Nale
    June 21, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    You have our deepest sympathy. Junior was a special friend to all and will be missed.
    You are in our prayers.

  4. Debby (Wray) Lovins
    June 21, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Lyndall, Kelly, LaDonna, Greg & families, I just found out about Uncle Jr. and am so sad for your loss. I have SO many found memories of him…loved the funny way he would talk when he twisted my ear! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was truly a special person to all who had the priviledge to know him.

  5. Kim (Kissinger)Nolen
    June 22, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    Lyndell and family,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Think of you often and reminese
    About wonderful times. Love and prayers

    June 22, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    I am very sorry to hear about Junior. I hadn’t seen him in quite awhile, but would usually meet him on the road sometimes. Even though he was hard to work for sometimes, I feel like I learned alot from him. He definetly had some good stories to tell. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.