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James T. Bridges

August 26, 1936 March 6, 2019
James T. Bridges
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James Toxey Bridges passed away at the age of 82 on March 6th, 2019 to be with our Lord.  James was born in Prentiss, Mississippi to James Clarence and Thelma Stewart Bridges and was the oldest of eight children.  He grew up with no electricity or running water and worked the family farm with mules before modern technology arrived. He was the first of his family to graduate from high school and spent many of those first years working on oil rigs as a welder and pipe fitter while in the National Guard as well.  He moved to Michigan in 1965 where he met his wife of 52 years Carol Schuette. James worked for Bechtel as a construction superintendent moving around quite a bit before settling back into Midland Michigan in 1983. He then opened his own construction company and had a long career in building and selling homes. After retirement, he decided to get that college degree that always eluded him and in 2010, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Northwood University.  

James had four children, Keith (Janice), Todd (Monica), Toby (Sheila) and Traci Bridges, eight grandchildren, Jessica (Zack), Brianna, Courtney, Carsten, Anna, Rachel, Grady, Mason and two great grandchildren, Finley and Princeton.  James was predeceased by his parents, son Keith and 3 brothers, Kenny, Billy and Larry. In addition to his wife Carol, he is survived by his brother E.S. and sisters Wanda, Nel and Judy. James was a kind and generous man who always cherished the time he spent with family and friends especially his trips back home to Mississippi.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 from Trinity Lutheran Church, 3701 Jefferson Ave. Pastor Gerald Ferguson will officiate with burial to follow in Midland Cemetery. James’ family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors.


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Visitation

Saturday

9

Mar

9:30 AM 3/9/2019 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church - Midland

3701 N. Jefferson Avenue
Midland, MI 48640

Trinity Lutheran Church - Midland
3701 N. Jefferson Avenue Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

9

Mar

11:00 AM 3/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church - Midland

3701 N. Jefferson Avenue
Midland, MI 48640

Trinity Lutheran Church - Midland
3701 N. Jefferson Avenue Midland 48640 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Midland Cemetery Final Resting Place

3220 Orchard Drive
Midland, MI 48640

3220 Orchard Drive Midland 48640 MI
United States

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Trinity Lutheran Church - Midland

3701 N. Jefferson Avenue
Midland, MI 48640
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