Mr. Troy J. Bridgers passed away on Monday, May 2nd, 2023. Troy was born on August 18th, 1938 in Macclesfield, NC to Frank and Cennie Abrams Bridgers, who preceded him in death along with his brother Frank Carlton and his sister Carol. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judy Phillips Bridgers, daughters Karen Light (Mike), Susan Ingram (Leon), and April Richardson (Brian), seven grandchildren Jessica Gorman (Ben), Joshua Light, Jordan Light (Kyla), Hannah Ingram, Caroline Ingram, Graham Richardson, William Troy Richardson, two great grandchildren Oliver Gorman and Charlotte Gorman, sisters Gloria Turner and Cathy Crisp, Sisters-in-law Lilly Bridgers, Janice Brown, and Deloris Hunter.
Troy served his country in the United States Air Force and then worked for Heilig-Meyers Furniture for 39 years beginning as a salesman/inventory clerk, then being subsequently promoted to store manager, then stores supervisor of three divisions, and finally executive vice president of store operations for the then 600 plus store chain before retiring in 1999. He was very well liked and respected amongst his coworkers and employees, and remained close with them for many years following retirement. Over the years, Troy and Judy lived in Rocky Mount, NC, Dunn, NC, Goldsboro, NC, Christiansburg, VA, Galax, VA, Midlothian, VA, Wilson, NC, Emerald Isle, NC, Macclesfield, NC, Greensboro, NC, and Ferrum, VA. He and Judy were members of Gospel Baptist Church in Greensboro for nearly 15 years, and just recently joined Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Ferrum. Troy was a member of the Bryan Park Senior Golf Group for several years until health issues prevented him from playing. Troy was also a three time cancer survivor.
Troy was a people person at his core, and he made fast friends with anyone he met. Those who knew him knew that he was a man of faith and an extremely gifted storyteller. He was also quite a jokester, and he was able to brighten even the darkest times with his sense of humor. He was loved by many and will be remembered fondly in the minds of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
There will be a graveside service at the Macclesfield Cemetery on Friday, May 5th, at 11am. Following the service, there will be a small gathering at Webb’s Chapel Baptist Church in Macclesfield.
In his memory, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Ferrum, VA or Duke Cancer Center in Durham, NC.