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Friday April 9th, 2021
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William Joe Bridges

William Joe Bridges, age 86 of Riceville, passed away on April 7, 2021 at his Son's  residence.  A native of War,  West Virginia and resident of McMinn County since September 1949, he was a son of the late William Harvey and Katheryn Brown Bridges.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Norma Joyce Sharp Bridges, a daughter, Debra Ann Bridges, Four sisters and 4 brothers.    A member of First Baptist of Athens, and the Hiwassee Lodge #188 & A.M.  He served in the U.S. Army.  He graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, beginning his teaching career in September 1959, serving as a teacher and principal at area schools including Riceville Elementary School.  He retired from teaching in Tennessee in 1989 and taught in Georgia from 1989 until his retirement in 1999.  He served as a Tennessee Secondary school softball and baseball umpire for many years.
Survivors include Son and Daughter-in-law, Steve and Judy Bridges of Athens, TN.;  A Brother, David "Butch" Ardis of Ft. Walton Beach, FL 3 Grandchildren, Nina Marie Johnson and Husband: Josh, Steven Joshua and Jenny  Bridges and William Jeffrey and Tara  Bridges; Six Great Grandchildren: Evan Johnson, Myles Johnson, Wiley Johnson, Reed Bridges, Grant Bridges, and  Sullivan Bridges. Extended Family Benny Wood, Joe Ingram, Johnney Dorsey, and Paul McMillian several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be 8:00 P.M. Friday in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Dr. Craig Riley officiating.  Graveside Services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday in Cedar Grove Cemetery with military honors.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 Friday in the funeral home  Due to Covid-19 precautions, masks and social distancing are requested.  Those unable to attend may leave condolences at www.laycock-hobbs.com/Joe-Bridges. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home , Athens, Tn. in charge of arrangements. 


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Went to Riceville Elementary and the whole time Mr. Bridges was my principal.
Nothing but respect and good memories of him.

Karen Albers Dec 8 2021 6:10 PM

I thank God for the one time I met Mr. Bridges when he visited his childhood church, Calvary Baptist, in War, WV. He was an obedient steward and obedient servant. I enjoyed several phone conversations with him as he wanted to hear about the children in my Sunday School class. May the family know the peace that only God can give.

Debbie King Apr 14 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Joe Bridges

Susan, Darby, and Gabe Stephens Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Joe Bridges

Sherri Dale Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

A lot of fond memories of Mr. Bridges at Riceville. for the family.

Van Axley Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Joe Bridges

Trina Ammons Apr 10 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Joe Bridges

Ricky and Sharon Bright Apr 10 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Max and Juanita Scarbrough Apr 9 2021 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Mr. Bridges from my time as a student at Riceville. Although he was often a strict disciplinarian he would always forgive and forget. I appreciated that he would always challenge and push us as students to be better, whether it was in academics, athletics or as individuals. He will be missed.

Ronnie Creasman Apr 9 2021 12:00 AM

Steve and Judy I am sorry for your loss. I recall those days when Mr Joe was my basketball coach. And he knew how to get your attention for sure. Prayers for all of you in your loss

Judy Barnett Apr 9 2021 12:00 AM

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