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July 8, 2014

Hazel Marie Greene Bridges

Hazel Marie Greene Bridges passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the age of 83. Hazel was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A memorial service, officiated by Dr. Fred Evers, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Northside Baptist Church in Tifton. The family will receive friends after the service.

Mrs. Bridges was born Oct. 24, 1930 near Ellenboro, N.C. in Rutherford County to the late Guy Joseph Greene and Zennie Mae Melton Greene. She moved from Rutherford County in 1960 and has been a longtime resident of Tifton.

She completed her education degree after her own children were in school, graduating from Valdosta State College (now university) in Valdosta in 1972 at the age of 42. Mrs. Bridges then taught third grade at Annie Belle Clark Elementary School in Tifton for 20 years. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Tifton and a former member of Walls Baptist Church in Bostic, N.C.  

Mrs. Bridges had recently celebrated her 65th wedding anniversary with her surviving husband, Dr. William Worth Bridges Jr., also a native of Rutherford County. Other survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Elizabeth Bridges of Canton; her daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Ron Henning of Macon; grandchildren, Stephen, Will and Laura Bridges and Kristen and Caleb Henning; great-grandchildren, Maci and Emory Bridges; her brother, Joseph Ray Greene and his wife, Mary Frances, of Matthews, N.C.; and her brother-in-law, Gerald Jones of Shelby, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Patsy Charlene Bridges; two brothers, Norris Lee Greene and Chivious Alexander Greene; and her sister, Carrie Elizabeth “Lib” Greene Jones.

Flowers will be accepted; however, memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to either the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund at 4605 Murray Ave., Tifton, GA 31794, or to Walls Baptist Church at 749 Walls Church Road, Bostic, N.C. 28018.

Friends may sign the online register at www.hartsmort.com.

Harts Mortuary and Crematory, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.

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