Born Nov. 25, 1944 in Richmond, Virginia, LTC Bridgers grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated from Grady High School in 1963 and then his beloved alma mater, The University of Georgia, in 1968. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Lieutenant stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, where he met his wife of 51 years, Linda Tate Bridgers. He later served in the United States Air Force Reserves and National Guard in Dothan, Alabama, after the Vietnam War, retiring from military service as a Lt. Colonel in 2003 and then the Veterans Administration in 2009.
LTC Bridgers is preceded in death by his parents, Luther B. Bridgers, Jr. and Nell Hudson Bridgers, and his grandparents, Luther B. Bridgers, Sr. and Aline Winburn Bridgers. He is survived by his wife, Linda Tate Bridgers; his daughters, Cindy (Mike) Hannon and Molly (Shawn) McNulty; and his grandchildren, Benjamin McNulty, Avery Snodgrass and Samantha McNulty. He absolutely adored his family and was a proud Papa to his grandchildren who he loved to spoil and brag about whenever he had the chance.
Passing into eternal life on May 5, 2022, a celebration of his life was held Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Auburn United Methodist Church Founder’s Chapel and will be officiated by Dr. George Mathison. Visitation was at 4 p.m., with the service at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in his memory to the American Liver Foundation to support their vision of a world without liver disease.