March 29, 2014

Raymond Douglas Bridges

Mr. Raymond Douglas Bridges, 72, of Dalton, departed this life Friday, March 28, 2014, at Memorial Health Care in Chattanooga after several months of declining health.

Douglas was born Jan. 6, 1942, in Dalton.

He was preceded in death by his father, William “Curly” Bridges and his mother, Hazel Walters.

Douglas was a 1959 graduate of Dalton High School and worked for General Telephone as a field engineer for more than 32 years.

He is survived by his wife of 51 and a half years, Vera Tarvin Bridges of the residence; son, Greg Bridges and his fiancée, Felicia Cantrell; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Kelly Martin; grandchildren and spouses, Matthew and Ashley Bridges, Jill and James Nichols, Brandi and Jason Chastine, Jessica and Brandon Stokes; brothers, Ronnie Bridges of California, Terry Bridges of Florida; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Opal Bohannon, Evelyn and Ronnie Carr of LaFayette, Maxine Foutz of Tunnel Hill, Keith Tarvin of Villanow; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Whitfield Memorial Gardens, 710 W. Cuyler St., Dalton, with Pastor Robby Dunn officiating. Pallbearers will be Wayne Aldridge, Mel Hughes, Jerome Pritchard, Jerry “Arvin” Manning, Bill Speights and Fletcher Young.

The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. today and after 11 a.m. Monday until the service hour.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Conasauga Kidney Care, 1506 Broadrick Drive, Dalton, GA 30720 or to the American Heart Association, 519 E. 4th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Arrangements are by Ponders Funeral Home, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.


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