Presiding Elder J.R. Bridgeman, 68, was born March 13, 1950 to the late James and Mary Bridgeman. He transitioned from this earthly life on June 22, 2018.
He was a graduate of Cleveland State Community College. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a minister of the AME Zion Church for 49 years, President of the Clergy Koinonia of Greater Chattanooga, and a retired Tennessee Highway Patrolman after 29 years of Service.
He was the pastor of Thompkin Chapel AME Zion Church and Pikeville Chapel AME Zion Church in Pikeville, Tennessee. He was also president of the Scenic City Youth Football League.
Preceding him in death were her parents, James A. and Mary C. Bridgeman; brother, Samuel Bridgeman; sister, Darlene E. Brown; and unborn son, Elijiah Kelly.
Those to cherish his many memories are his loving wife, Kellie Joy Bridgemen; children, Marianne Taylor (Jason) of Manassas, Virginia, Curtis Alvin Bridgeman (Charmaine) of St. Louis, Missouri, Laruen Elizabeth Goldston of Cleveland, Tennessee, Solomon James and Josiah Emmanuel; six grandchildren; siblings, Jasper Bridgeman of Marietta, Georgia, Rev. Martha Goins (Samuel) of Chattanooga, Lyndon Bridgeman of Pikeville; a host of other relatives and friends.
A Service of Celebration was held June 28, 2018 at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga. Interment was in Chattanooga National Cemetery.