GORDO Milton N. Bridges, age 99, of Gordo, died Oct. 4, 2010, at Northport Medical Center-DCH. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at Sand Springs United Methodist Church with Byron Fair officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to services at the church.
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He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Strickland Bridges; his parents; his brothers, Clyde, Cole, Wilburn, and Everette Bridges; his sisters, Alma Hood, Lois Bailey, and Mable Elmore; his grandson, Richard Burkhalter; and his son-in-law, Walter Burkhalter.
Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Sue Bridges Burkhalter; his son, Douglas Melton Bridges; five grandchildren, Suzette Burkhalter Jones (Kermit), Nancy Burkhalter Fair (Keith), Amanda Burkhalter Cowart Newman (Reid), Kelley Bridges Whitley (William), and Brett Bridges (Ann); and his great-grandchildren, Chris, Matthew, and Madison Jones, Jill Fair Jones (Dusty), Byron Fair (Courtney), West Cowart, Briley Newman, Will Whitley, and Blake and Breadon Bridges.
Mr. Bridges was born September 28, 1911, in Pickens County, Alabama to the late Oscar Bridges and Lizzie Winston Bridges. He was a member of Sand Springs United Methodist Church, a retired warehouse manager for Housel Hardware in Gordo, and a life long resident of Pickens County.
Milton Bridges, or more affectionately known by his family as "Mitt", was a man that can only be described in the word selfless. In all 99 years that he lived, there are numerous acts of kindness and sacrifice that he displayed towards his family, neighbors and coworkers. He was an obedient son to his parents, Oscar and Lizzie Bridges, a loyal husband to his wife of over 67 years, Mary Lou Bridges, a generous father and kind hearted grandfather and great-grandfather. Many times Mitt gave everything he had to help ease or prevent grief in the lives of others. In his last years on earth, his greatest concern was to not become a burden on his family. His legacy is an inspiration to all those he leaves behind. He exhibited all the characteristics of a disciple of his Lord Jesus Christ. It is moving to think that he is standing today in the presence of the same Lord he served his whole life. Although we selfishly mourn his death, we are certain that he has gained his much deserved reward. "So whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to he first among you must become your slave." Matthew 20:26-27.
Pallbearers will be Keith Fair, West Cowart, Reid Newman, Kermit Jones, Matthew Jones, Madison Jones, William Whitley, Brett Bridges, and Dusty Jones.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Oct. 6, 2010