Obituary for Eddie Bridges (1933-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Bridges, Eddie C.

Eddie C. Bridges, 87, of Greensboro, ended his earthly journey on May 18, 2021 and moved to a higher plane.

He was born on June 5, 1933 in Morganton, NC (Burke County) to Plato Durham Bridges and Iva Singleton Bridges, both of whom have since died.

He graduated from Morganton High School in 1953, where he was a pre-eminent athlete, playing soccer and baseball. He served as captain of both sports, earned all conference and state recognitions, and played in the 1953 Optimist Bowl.

He attended Elon College (now Elon University) where he continued to excel in sports. He played both soccer and athletics. He did particularly well on the track as he was the first in Elon history to run the 100 yard dash under 10 seconds with a time of 9.8 seconds. In a single meeting, he set three new school records in the 100 and 200 yard lines and one stage of the mileage scale. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Alums Award from Elon University.

Eddie’s entire adult life was devoted to conservation work. He was appointed to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in 1977, where he served for two or six years. During that time, he proposed and helped develop the North Carolina Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses and the North Carolina Wildlife Endowment Fund (also referred to as the Eddie Bridges Fund by the North Carolina General Assembly). He also suggested the North Carolina Waterfowl Stamp and the North Carolina Tax Check Off program.

When Eddie completed his two terms at the NCWRC in 1989, he started the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation, modeled after the Endowment Fund, which generates money to help improve wildlife habitats across North Carolina.

He has received more than 40 conservation awards including Budweiser Conservationist of 2004, Field & Stream Conservationist of 2012, Governor’s Award from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in 1993 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2013, he was also recognized by the NCWRC, the Order of the Long-Leaved Pine, the state’s highest honor. In 2019, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame as the first hunting, fishing, and conservation athlete.

Eddie stated, “The divine order has taken care of many things for me” and “The Lord has blessed me in many ways. Many great things have happened to me. I am truly honored and grateful and I am.” 87 years old and still receiving these beautiful blessings is quite remarkable. “

He is survived by his children Samuel Edward Bridges (Leisa); Lisa Bridges; Michelle Bridges Sharpe (Allen); Sister Jane Fowler (Bill); from Asheville; seven grandchildren, Melissa Johnson; Lily Jo, Eddison, Ivy, and Stone Bridges; Sterling and Hudson Sharpe.

A life ministry celebration will be held at the Grandover Resort on Wednesday June 23rd from 3pm to 5pm

Please RSVP by email to: [email protected]

You can send memorable photos of Eddie or a message to the family.

In lieu of flowers, commemorative contributions can be made to NCWHF (Eddie C. Bridges Legacy Memorial), PO BOX 29187, Greensboro, NC 27429, or the Sid Varney Scholarship at Elon University.

Published by Greensboro News & Record May 26-30, 2021.

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