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Linda Bridges

Linda Bridges

Tuesday September 27th, 1949 - Friday December 4th, 2020
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Linda Bridges was born on September 27, 1949, in Chattanooga, TN. She was a graduate of Howard High School and retired from South Central Bell Telephone Company.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Johnny Bridges, Sr., and Mrs. Vennie Bridges; brother, Noel Bridges; sister, Julia Walker; grandson, Stephen Bridges.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her only child, Ronald Bridges, Nashville, TN; granddaughters, Vanessa Bridges, Chattanooga, Kenesha Hunt, Sikeston, MO; eight great-grandchildren, whom she loved very dearly; brother, Johnny Bridges, Jr.; sisters, Mary Crumpton, Gloria Green, Ethel Bridges, and Wanda Bridges, all of Chattanooga; five nieces; four nephews; a host of great-nieces and nephews, family, and friends.

She enjoyed long conversations on the phone with her niece, Sharon Walker; longtime friend, James Brown.

A public viewing will be held 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, December 12, 2020, at the funeral home, followed by a graveside service at 11:00 AM at Beautiful Greenwood Cemetery.
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EDITH WADLEY

Posted at 09:40pm
TO THE FAMILIES OF LINDA: SHE WAS SO SWEET. WE WORKED TOGETHER AT SOUTH CENTRAL BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY HERE IN CHATT, TENN. SHE WAS JUST A KIND SPIRIT SENT TO US FOR A WHILE BY THE LORD . MAY THESE WORDS COMFORT AND KEEP HER FAMILY MEMBERS RIGHT NOW IN JESUS NAME, AMEN
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Sandra Williams

Posted at 02:58pm
There are so many genuine qualities about Linda Bridges that I felt honored to be in the present of her company.

One of Linda’s greatest qualities was being a peacemaker [intermediary, conciliator, mediator, and arbitrator] who had the potential to change a person's life, and the lives of those she was around. She was driven by Integrity.

Peacemakers are Thermostats. They initiate the needed temperature that the room needs to carry. They don’t dictate it; they just carry health in them.

Here are a few specific things I love about Linda as peacemaking (resolving conflict and reconciling broken relationships.)
When you press into conflict with the intent to make peace with another person(s) and glorify God, you get above the problem so that it doesn’t have power over you. Confronting the issue head on—in a loving way of course—puts you in a position of strength.

But avoiding does the opposite. Avoiding feeds fear and makes you feel like a victim where you’re being controlled by circumstances and others.

But when you seek to make peace, and even when the other party doesn’t respond the way you hoped and they don’t share your desire for reconciliation, it’s okay because Linda did what she needed to do.

When you go like Jesus commands you to, when you calmly invite the other person to share their perspective, when you don’t shy away, run in fear, or shut down out of terror, and you go with a heart of reconciliation and love! There is such amazing joy and freedom in that!

Linda’s wisdom allowed you to change your perspective about conflict resolution and see peacemaking as an honor?
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace” [New Testament, Book of James, Chapter 3, and Verses 17 and 18].

You could see that Linda’s learning to lead was because she did it first, herself. You can never look to others to be what you need to carry inside each day. The essence of leadership is not telling others what to do, but leading yourself and letting what you’ve practiced personally flow out to others.

As a peacemaker, it brings a healthy self in God to the room, affecting the atmosphere in a way where people are invited to climb higher. Just being around Linda, the peacemaker makes you want to grow up in how you do relationships. She didn’t condemn or manipulate. She calls people to drive out the strongholds and deception that keep unity from operating.

Linda created an invitation for others to enter wholeness, simply because they breathe reconciliation!

My deepest condolences to the Family and Friends of Linda. She will be truly missed.

Sandra [Classmate of Howard, 1968]
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Howard Class 1968

Posted at 12:12pm

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