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George Carlton "Carl" Bridgers, 82, of Bowie, MD, passed away on March 8, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Norfolk, VA to George A. and Doris (Newbill) Bridgers, Carl attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served a three-year stint in the Army. After graduating college, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Southern Railway Co. He married his wife, Janice (McConkey), in 1963 and moved to Bowie, MD, in 1965. With his love for books and collectables, he opened the Barbarian Book Shop in Wheaton, MD. He ran this iconic book shop until he retired in 2004. Carl is survived by his wife, Janice, his brother, Robert, his four children Darren, Adrienne (Lukemire), Scott, and Chris, his five grandchildren Joshua, Jacob, Joseph, Lily and Liam. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6 to 8pm at Beall funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Highway (RT 3 South), Bowie, MD where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1pm. Interment will follow at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD. Please view and sign the family's guestbook at:

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Published in The Capital Gazette on Mar. 15, 2018.
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March 19, 2018
I used to go to the Barbarian with my father every week, and would spend hours in the back looking through books like it was a treasure hunt. Our weekly trips to the Barbarian were a major factor in my childhood and I have fond memories of Carl, Ray and the rest of the staff there over the years. RIP, CarlI hope wherever you are, they're playing show tunes!
Robert Scheige
March 19, 2018
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March 19, 2018
Scott, Our sympathies to you and your family for your loss.
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March 18, 2018
I always enjoyed my Sunday visits to the Barbarian. When my kids were little I would let them browse the children's book section while I looked for comics. It was there that my son found the book "the Universe" which got him interested in space and led him to a career in the space industry. Carl was always friendly and helpful and I enjoyed our conversations about comics and sometimes just about life. He loved showing off his finds made earlier that day when he would hunt the Sunday morning flea markets for Disney memorabilia before opening his shop. My visits to Carl were a highlight of my week. He will be missed but never forgotten. My deepest condolences to his family.
Steven Scheige
March 17, 2018
I will always have fond memories of Carl and the store.
Louis Danoff
March 16, 2018
Barbarian Books was a gift to the community and I'll always remember seeing Carl on our weekly trips there.
David Shirey
March 16, 2018
Carl was a gracious, patient and helpful store owner who knew a ton about his wares. He was kind to everyone who walked in and he ran the best comic shop in the area, hands down. I will miss him.
Adam Pagnucco
March 16, 2018
Barbarian Comics continues to be a draw for many in downtown Wheaton, appreciated and visited by so many people. Our condolences go to Mr. Bridgers' family from the Mid County Regional Service Area Office and Wheaton Urban District team.
Luisa Montero
March 16, 2018
Our heartfelt thoughts & prayers are with Carl's family. He touched our lives & has been a longtime dear friend & fellow collector. The 3 of us loved going down "Memory Lane" & he will always be remembered.
Kathy & Larry Zabel
March 15, 2018
I enjoyed Barbarian Comics which remains a wonderful mainstay in Wheaton, as I fondly remember "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down" playing in that store as I explored the awesome comics and action figures...I will miss his wonderful sense of humor.
Steve Warner
March 14, 2018
To the Bridgers family, my heart goes out to you. I very sorry for your loss.
Ted Tuck
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