George William Bridger
January 23, 1940 - November 9, 2018
George William Bridger went to heaven Friday afternoon, November 9, 2018.
George was born to his loving parents George Mack and Walsie Demoye Wyatt Bridger January 23, 1940, near Marshall, Texas, in the community of Gill.
He attended elementary school in Marshall, Texas, and junior high and high school in Daingerfield, Texas, where he had many friends and maintained endearing friendships with former classmates as they met almost daily at Hawkins or Arnold’s to drink coffee or a Diet Coke and pass around the “news” and plan on attending upcoming football games together or have political discussions. George was a “country boy” who enjoyed his life in his hometown. He often reflected about “good ole days” at DHS and the fun he had playing junior high and high school football for the Daingerfield Tigers. He attended Northeast Texas Community College in the 1980’s. He never missed voting day and always voted a “straight” Democratic ticket and adamantly thought others should do the same.
As a young man, he worked for Brown and Root Construction Company in the Houston area. He was an electrician by trade. In 1972, he returned to Daingerfield and later retired as custodian for the Morris County Courthouse.
George was an expert at dancing classic country styles such as line dancing, cotton-eyed Joe, waltzing, the schottische, and other country swing dances which he had learned during his earlier years. One of his favorite songs during his high school days and later years was Floyd Cramer’s, “Last Date”. He was an outstanding pool player who still displayed a room full of first place trophies he had proudly won through the years.
He was saved and baptized as a Christian in 1991 at Veal Switch Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes Springs. George worked carefully with other members during the construction of the fellowship hall and gym at the church. He attended and very much enjoyed church activities at Veal Switch until he had an accidental fall at the Mt. Vernon football stadium October 25, 2013, while attending a Tiger football playoff game.
Two days after the accident had occurred, Loren Byrd and Joey Satterfield were responsible for contacting paramedics to get George to the hospital for critical assistance to treat his head injury. Never complaining, he tried daily to overcome his many health difficulties that arose after the serious injury.
George was pre-deceased by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Samuel Gulley in 1991, and Gene Olson in 2016.
Two dedicated caregivers assisted in helping him at his home. George was extremely proud and felt privileged to have the care and concern he received from Candy Thomas, a resident of Hughes Springs, and Karen Carlisle, who resides in Daingerfield. They became “his primary family”.
He was the middle child of three children. His sister, Jean Gulley Olson, lives in Gun Barrel City, Texas. His younger sister, Suzanne, and husband, Billy R. Kirkland, live in Linden, Texas.
He is survived by two nieces and their husbands. Debra Gulley Price and husband, Ricky, of Mansfield, Texas; Sandra Gulley Parker and husband, Gary, of Eustace, Texas.
His two great nieces and husbands are Stephanie Price Schlegel and husband, Anthony, of Worthington, Ohio; Christine Demoye Price Smith and husband, Josh, of Frisco, Texas. His great nephew is Tyson Parker and wife, Taylor, who reside in Eustace.
George is survived by great great nieces and nephews: Faith Schlegel; Hunter Schlegel, and Sammy Schlegel; Harlow and Laityn Parker; and Hudson and Weston Smith.
George was proud of his family and sincerely loved them. He honored and took care of his parents. He loved his two sisters. He attended every family event for his great nieces and nephews for sports activities, birthday celebrations, weddings, Christmas, and Easter parties before his serious accident occurred and prevented his taking lengthy trips.
Life will never be the same without him. This “country boy” will be loved and missed forever by family and friends.