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Jean B. Bridges
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Jean B. Bridges, age 84, of Swainsboro, Ga., died on Monday, October 8, 2018, surrounded by her loving family, at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro, Ga.
    The funeral service will be held Friday, October 12, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Swainsboro First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Robert Blankenship officiating, assisted by the Rev. Casey Shaw. Interment will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.
    The family will receive friends Friday, October 12, 2018, at the church from 1:30 until the time of service.
    Pallbearers will be Dr. John Derden, Dr. Willie Gunn, Mark Williams, Bennie Brinson, Brian Rogers, Noot Irvin, the Rev. Dr. Gilbert Westberry, Watson Mosley, Robert Surrency and Sid Shepherd.
    Honorary escorts will be Delta Kappa Gamma members and David Emanuel Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution members.
    Dr. Bridges was born May 15, 1934, in Savannah, Chatham County, Ga., to the late Harold Jean and Lucy Huggins Bolen. She was a graduate of Savannah High School, attained her bachelor's degree from Mercer University, a Master's of Education degree and education specialist degree from Georgia Southern University and received her doctor of arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.
    Dr. Bridges was an English and literature professor, charter faculty member of the East Georgia State College and Humanities Division head, retiring after 27 years.
    She was a current East Georgia State College Foundation trustee and was also staff sponsor of the Wiregrass Yearbook, Wiregrass Magazine, Baptist Student Union and Student Association of Georgia Educators for many years.
    In addition, she also taught at Middle Georgia College, Brewton Parker College, the public school systems of Baxley, Vidalia and Savannah, serving the education industry for 50 years.
    Dr. Bridges was a member of numerous clubs and organizations: DAR, Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Girl Scouts State Board and Glad Garden Club, just to name a few.
    Dr. Bridges received many awards and was proud to be the recipient of the Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Years and the Governor's Award in the Humanities, presented by Governor Zell Miller.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Swainsboro, a member of the Missionettes and sang in the church choir.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Bolen Moore.
    Survivors include: her husband, Martin Luther Bridges of Swainsboro, Ga.; one daughter, Elizabeth Jean "Beth" Bridges McCall (Robert) of Odum, Ga.; two sons, Harold "Hal" Bridges (Charlotte) of Summertown, Ga.; and Robert William "Bob" Bridges of Shellman Bluff, Ga.; one brother, William H. "Bill" Bolen (Sheron) of Statesboro, Ga.; five grandchildren, Joseph Bridges, Jenni Bridges, Gabriel McCall, Carson McCall and Bolen McCall; three great-grandchildren, Carleigh Bridges, Chloe Bridges and Vincent Bridges; beloved dog, Daisy; nieces, nephews and extended family.
    Condolences may be submitted online at
    Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Jean Bridges Scholarship, c/o Elizabeth Gilmer, East Georgia State College Foundation, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro, GA 30401.
    Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Dr. Jean B. Bridges of Swainsboro, Ga.

Statesboro Herald, October 11, 2018

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