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Joseph Jerry Bridges, Jr.

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“prayers go out from a former Galey and Lord ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: oneather mcphail - Society hill, SC

“You have our deepest sympathy. You and you family are in our thoughts and prayers. Gwen Burris Joe and family. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Gwendolyn Burris Joe - NJ

“Momma Dee, I love you and may God continue to keep his loving arms around you. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Retha Cooper - Sumter, SC

“I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. He was a wonderful man (my husband) and I loved him dearly. I thank him for all the stories that he...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Chandra E. Mack - Hephzibah, GA


Obituary "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 4:6-8 Joseph Jerry Bridges, Jr. took the hand of the Lord on Saturday, March 23, 2013. He was born June 13, 1952 in Hartsville, South Carolina, a son of the late Joseph Jerry and Elizabeth Gregg Bridges, Sr. He attended the public schools of Darlington County, South Carolina. He graduated with the Butler High School Class of 1971. On November, 5, 1987, he married the love of his life, Deborah Burris. She was his "Dee." They were blessed to be married for 25 years. "Joe," as he was affectionately known to many, was a hard-working man. He worked as a Machine Operator for 31 years at Galey & Lord of Society Hill, South Carolina. He had a quiet and calming spirit. He loved spending time with his family. It brought him great joy. "Joe" constantly encouraged everyone to come together as a family, so we would all know each other. He loved to watch sports and enjoy life. "Joe" loved the Lord and it was this love that led him to join the Church of Christ in Timmonsville, South Carolina. He served as a Deacon for many years and served in any capacity needed in the church. He loved to fellowship and worship with his church family. He was a true representation of a servant in the House of God. Those who knew and loved him will greatly miss him, but we know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. He was preceded in death by both of his parents; a brother, George Bridges; and a sister, Sheila "Cooter Gal" Bridges. Surviving to cherish the memory and maintain the legacy of Joseph Jerry Bridges, Jr. is his wife, Deborah Bridges of Lamar, SC; his two sons, Antoine (Tonya) Burris of Charlotte, NC and Corey (Terrell)McClain of Effingham, SC; four grandchildren, Bria "Punkin" Burris of Orlando, FL, Tori "Boop" McClain of Effingham, SC, Abraham Butler of Columbia, SC, and Shakiera Taylor of Ft. Campbell, KY; a sister, Christi (James) Peterson of Hartsville, SC; a brother, Charles (Lily) Bridges of El Paso, TX; three aunts, Geneva Watson of Jacksonville, FL, Edna M Gregg of Baltimore, MD, and Hattie Mae Dargan of Hartsville, SC; a mother-in-law, Ethelene (Joe) Backus of Lamar, SC; a sister-in-law, Lisa (Ned) Green III of Lamar, SC; special nieces, Demitra "Nupee" Maples of Lamar, SC, Lanelle (Bobby) Morgan and Christi "Koko" Peterson both of Hartsville, SC; a special nephew, Jordan "BigUm" Green; great nieces and nephews, L'ariel Douglas, L'ashia Douglas, Leverne Douglas, Lexxus Morgan, and Christian Scott; a host of other relatives, and very dear friends. A special thanks to Dr. Screenivas Rao and staff at McLeod Regional Medical Cancer Center, the staff at McLeod Regional Medical Center Women's Pavillion, on the eighth floor South, his nurse, Hillary Dolford, and all of the assistants and staff of McLeod Hospice House.