Jean (Bolen) Bridges

May 15, 1934 ~ October 8, 2018 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Jean Bridges Obituary

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Dr. Jean B. Bridges, age 84, of Swainsboro, GA on Monday, October 8, 2018 surrounded by her loving family, at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Swainsboro First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Robert Blankenship officiating assisted by Rev. Casey Shaw

Interment will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 12, 2018 at the church from 1:30 till time of service.

Pallbearers are Dr. John Derden, Dr. Willie Gunn, Mark Williams, Rev. Bennie Brinson, Brian Rogers, Noot Irvin, Rev. Dr. Gilbert Westberry, Watson Mosley, Robert Surrency and Sid Shepherd.

Honorary Escorts  will be Delta Kappa Gamma members and David Emanuel Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution  members.

Dr. Bridges was born May 15, 1934 in Savannah, Chatham County, GA to the late Harold Jean and Lucy Huggins Bolen; was a graduate of Savannah High School; attained her Bachelors Degree from Mercer University; a Masters of Education Degree and Education Specialist Degree from Georgia Southern University; and received her Doctor of Arts Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Bridges was an English and Literature  Professor, Charter Faculty Member of the East Georgia State College and Humanities Division Head retiring after 27 years.  She was a current East Georgia State College Foundation Trustee; she was also staff sponsor of the Wiregrass Yearbook, Wiregrass Magazine, Baptist Student Union, and Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators for many years. In addition she also taught at Middle Georgia College, Brewton Parker College,  the public school systems of  Baxley, Vidalia, and Savannah serving the education industry for 50 years. Dr. Bridges  was a member of numerous clubs and organizations, DAR, Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Girl Scouts State Board, and Glad Garden Club just to name a few.  Dr. Bridges received many awards and was proud to be the recipient of the Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year and the Governor's Award in the Humanities  presented by  Governor Zell Miller. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Swainsboro; member of the Missionettes and sang in the church choir. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Jane Bolen Moore.

Survivors include:

Her Husband: Martin Luther Bridges of Swainsboro, GA

One Daughter: Elizabeth Jean "Beth" Bridges McCall (Robert) of Odum, GA

Two Sons: Harold "Hal" Bridges (Charlotte) of Summertown, GA and Robert William "Bob" Bridges of Shellman Bluff,  GA.

One Brother: William H. "Bill" Bolen (Sheron) of Statesboro, GA

Five Grandchildren: Joseph Bridges, Jenni Bridges, Gabriel McCall, Carson McCall and Bolen McCall.

Three Great-Grandchildren: Carleigh Bridges, Chloe Bridges and Vincent Bridges, beloved dog Daisy, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Condolences may be submitted online at

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Jean Bridges Scholarship, C/O Elizabeth Gilmer,  East Georgia State College Foundation, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro, GA 30401

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of  Dr. Jean B. Bridges of Swainsboro, GA.



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October 12, 2018

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Swainsboro First Baptist Church

Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

Funeral Service
October 12, 2018

3:00 PM
Swainboro First Baptist Church
240 W Main St.
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

October 12, 2018

3:00 PM
Swainsboro City Cemetery


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