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Cooley Springs Baptist Church
Sunday November 21st, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Memorial Service

Cooley Springs Baptist Church
Sunday November 21st, 2021

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Forrest Lee Bridges

Forrest Lee Bridges

Chesnee, SC.

Forrest Lee Bridges, son of the late William and Rachel Hopper Bridges, was born on December 19, 1949, in Chesnee, South Carolina. He attended Chesnee High School and graduated from the University of South Carolina. At an early age, he professed his faith in Christ and was a faithful attendee of Cooley Springs Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church of Landrum. During his time at Cooley Springs Baptist, he taught the young adult Sunday School class.

Forrest is survived by his wife Joan of forty-seven years; his daughters, Heatherly McGarity (Cameron) and Sommer Trebilco (Jonathan) of Campobello, SC; his daughter Autumn Lawson (Darrin) of Inman, SC; his four grandchildren Molly and Wyatt McGarity, Gabrielle Trebilco, and Garrison Lawson; and his niece Penny Bridges of Chesnee, SC. He was predeceased by his sister Peggy Bridges.

Forrest worked as the plant manager of Detroit Forming of Fairforest, SC, for twenty-five years.
He was an avid peach farmer and approached everyday on the farm with zest and optimism. He loved his family and particularly enjoyed attending the ball games and recitals of his daughters and grandchildren. He took great pride in belonging to the community of Cooley Springs and Chesnee and enjoyed drinking coffee and debating politics, the stock market, and college sports with the guys at the local gas station and restaurant. In the last few years of his illness, he loved spending time with long-time friends, as well as at a local senior center where he took great interest in the lives of residents and workers alike.

His family will remember him with deepest affection for his commitment to his church, his pride in his community, his love for his neighbors and friends and co-workers, his passion for peach farming, and especially for his dedication to his family.

The family will receive friends at Cooley Springs Baptist Church in Chesnee, SC on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cooley Springs Baptist Church, 950 Martin Camp Road, Chesnee, SC 29323

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.harrisnadeaumortuary.com

Harris-Nadeau Mortuary
Chesnee, SC.

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A candle was lit in memory of Forrest Bridges

Gwenn Gregg Nov 28 2021 6:28 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Forrest Bridges

Larry and Carol Fowler Nov 18 2021 4:53 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and the family. I worked with Forest for many years and have great stories and memories of our time together.

Todd Chapman Nov 18 2021 5:54 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Forrest Bridges

Diane Fisher Nov 17 2021 11:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Forrest Bridges

Tammie Bragg Nov 17 2021 10:23 AM

Forrest Bridges was a one of a kind guy! And he sure did like to be a bit mischievous at times but his dedication and faithfulness to his family is a rare find and more precious than any precious gem! His wife's care for him through the past few years has been constant yet caring and loyal, going without for herself so Forrest's needs could be met. That is true love no matter what the world would like to tell us love is.
Through the good and the bad that life can throw at you, it's what you do with it that matters! Thank you Joan for being his faithful wife.
His girls, Heatherly, Sommer and Autumn, you could not ask for better people and that is a testimony of Forrest and his character and values. He instilled in his children what he believed and cherished.
My friend Heatherly is one of the most generous, tell it like it is, kindest and most importantly, loving friends I could ever have. Thank you Forrest and Joan for raising your girls to love the Lord and embody what you hold dear in life.
We love y'all and are praying for comfort in these next days as only God can give.

Mark and Becky Sullivan and Family Nov 17 2021 9:46 AM

Joan and family.. my condolences to you and your family. Forrest will be missed in our community. Forrest always had a smile on his face. He is sharing his heavenly home in heaven now seeing his love ones and getting caught up with Lynn...his suffering is over he is home at last. Love you all sending hugs!

Trish Shields Nov 17 2021 7:54 AM

Thoughts and prayers for Joan and the family. I'm sure he and Archie are catching up on their stories. He will be missed.

Tina James Nov 16 2021 11:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Forrest Bridges

Deborah Arledge Nov 16 2021 6:45 PM

My prayers for Joan and the family. Forest was my supervisor for years at Detroit Forming, we developed a great friendship and continued to stay in touch after he retired.

Anthony (Tony) Martin Nov 16 2021 3:30 PM

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