In Memory

Joe H. Bridges

Joseph Henry Bridges, 63, died Thursday, June 8, 2006, of sudden heart failure at a local hospital. Memorial service: was 7 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the home of the Bridges family. A brief reception followed. Joseph Henry Bridges was born Jan. 23, 1943, in Greensboro, N.C.

He graduated from the Wake Forest University in 1965, majoring in political science. He was the treasurer of the Wake Forest chapter of the Theta Chi fraternity. Joseph received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did further post-graduate work at The Wharton School.

He was a captain in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War, where he flew rescue helicopters. During his tour, he received a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross medals.

Joseph began his business career at the Bank of North Carolina, rising to vice president of finance. He became the comptroller of Tower Federal Credit Union in Washington, D.C., and then accepted the position of president of the Treasury Department Federal Credit Union. After moving to Dallas, he became the controller of the American Airlines Federal Credit Union. He finished his career as an international finance consultant at Verizon.

Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Susan; his daughters, Jenaffer Ansley, Juliana Cailtin and Kelley Cristan Martinek; his son-in-law, Rob Martinek; his granddaughter, Zoey Skye; and his brother, George Bridges.

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05/22/16 04:47 PM #1    

James T. (Jim) Carper

Joe was a really good guy and I am sorry to hear of his passing. We had many classes together over our school years and were in the Band and Marching Band. I played at playing the trumpet and Jpoe played the French Horn. After graduation, we went our separate ways to College but ran into each other again in 1968 at Travis AFB on our way to Vietnam. Once in Country, we found that we were both going to be assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. Joe headed to the sky and I stayed on the ground. Never ran into him again. Looks like he had a successful tour in Army and a good civilian career. Condolences to his Family; may he rest in peace.


05/23/16 08:55 AM #2    

Charles Winton

I was saddened to hear this so long after the fact. Joe and I buddied around a good bit at Broughton, things like double dating, chasing parkers when at loose ends, or carousing with Frank Mays (who was a maniac behind the wheel, another story). Joe was my "wing man" on the French Horn in band. He went off to Wake Forest and I continued on at NC State. While I was in grad school at UNC we reconnected for a time by exchanging letters during his time in Vietnam. We intended to get together later but our paths diverged as I moved further South for my first academic appointment. I had hoped to see him at the 50th only to find out now he was already gone by then. Regrets. I'm very glad to see he had a successful life until reaching what seems to be that most dangerous of times for males (early 60's).

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