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Truman J. Bridges

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Truman J. Bridges, 81, of Slater, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 5, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Rev. Randy Shannon will officiate. Burial will be in Santa Paula, Calif. Memorial contributions are suggested to Big Bend Retreat in care of Weiker Funeral Home.

Born Aug. 7, 1925, in Hickory County, he was the son of the late Grover Cleveland and Mary Elizabeth Meadows Bridges. He married Marnell Moore in 1952; she preceded him in death in 2001. On March 21, 2004, in Santa Paula, he married Lila Huston Guthrie; she survives of the home.

He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church near Urbana. He attended Mt. Horeb Elementary School and Slater High School. He worked at the John Rice Standard service station in Slater, and farmed near Urbana. He moved to Santa Paula in 1957, where he was supervisor of maintenance over the Santa Paula elementary schools for 20 years. He was an accomplished musician, playing guitar, mandolin and banjo with various country bands in southern Missouri and California starting at a young age. He returned to Slater in 2004.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Allen Bridges and his wife, Terri, of Fillmore, Calif.; a daughter, Carol Sherwin and her husband, David, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; two stepsons, Charles Guthrie and his wife, Brenda of Slater, and David Guthrie and his wife, Karen, of Marshall; a stepdaughter, Virginia Jacobi and her husband, Art, of Marshall; 10 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Goldena Griffitt of Slater, Christena Huckaby and her husband, Dudley, of Bolivar, and Aliena Waggoner and her husband, Merle, of Independence; two sisters-in-law, Josephine Bridges of Slater and Genevieve Bridges of Bolivar; and nieces, nephews, and great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eldon Bridges and Elza Bridges; and a granddaughter, Dawn Nicole Bridges.

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