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Betty Lou Bridges

October 18, 2020



Betty Lou Watkins Bridges, 84, of Ellenboro, North Carolina died Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Cedar Creek Assisted Living in Forest City.

Born July 20, 1936 in Rutherford County, North Carolina she was the daughter of the late George Pinkney “G.P.” Watkins and Ella Helton Watkins.  Betty received her B.S. Degree from Gardner Webb and her Master’s from Western Carolina having served as Reading Instructor at Harris Elementary, Forest City Elementary and later at Trinity Christian School.

She was a member of the Long Branch Road Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir, played the piano, and served with her husband in churches he pastored. Her greatest enjoyment was teaching children to read.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Johnny Bridges in 2019 and a brother George P. Watkins, Jr.

Surviving are her son, Max Bridges and wife, Wanda of Ellenboro; two daughters, Susan Guffey of Ellenboro and Wanda B. Overhulser of Bostic; brother, Roger Watkins and wife Shirley of Bostic,  seven grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren also survive.

Graveside service will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2 o’clock at the Concord Baptist Church Cemetery with the Reverend Jerry Ruppe officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at The Padgett and King Mortuary.   The family will be at the home of her granddaughter, Tara Hoyle, 165 Bridge Road, Ellenboro.

It is requested that social distancing and the wearing of masks be respected.

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The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


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