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James Albert Bridger

August 17, 1954 - November 24, 2016

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James Albert Bridger III, 62, of Apex, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016.

James "Jimmy" Albert Bridger III was born August 17, 1954 in Valdosta, GA to the late James Albert Jr. and June Morris Bridger. Well loved by his extensive network of family and friends, Jimmy started every conversation with "I'm not bothering you am I?" and he never was.

Jimmy liked to stay busy, which led to his continued work in the local construction industry with his son, Kevin, even after he retired. Some of his favorite activities included...

James Albert Bridger III, 62, of Apex, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016.

James "Jimmy" Albert Bridger III was born August 17, 1954 in Valdosta, GA to the late James Albert Jr. and June Morris Bridger. Well loved by his extensive network of family and friends, Jimmy started every conversation with "I'm not bothering you am I?" and he never was.

Jimmy liked to stay busy, which led to his continued work in the local construction industry with his son, Kevin, even after he retired. Some of his favorite activities included going to the beach, tailgating at NC State football games, and cooking for his friends and family. Holidays will not be the same without his famous ladyfinger cookies in a bowl of confectioners sugar, his special baked ham, and messes of collards. Jimmy believed in the power of fresh vegetables and cultivated an extensive garden for many years. Jimmy would show you how much he cared by dropping off okra, tomatoes, cukes and fresh-shucked corn.

Jimmy was a jack of many trades and loved nothing more than to teach them all. He coached his son's sports team. Jimmy showed his younger brothers and sons how to change the oil in a car, wield a hammer and would always be up for the latest DYI project once you got it started. Jimmy loved children and would be found surrounded by nieces, nephews, grandchildren and little cousins at any gathering. Jimmy was quick to laugh and had a twinkle in his eye that made you wonder what he was up to and how soon it would be before you found out. Jimmy loved to read and learn about historical events and would engage in long discussions with his son, Justin, and his cousins at The Bridger Family Association, of which he was a lifetime member. Jimmy was a consummate storyteller and keeper of the family lore. Jimmy proved to be a kind and compassionate caregiver to his father, Jim. Jimmy spent many a weekend cooking family dinners with his son, Travis, as they watched and discussed the finer points of football. To Jimmy, family was everything and his main priority always.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his eldest son, James Travis Bridger.

He is survived by his beloved sons, Kevin Patrick Bridger and Justin Andrew Bridger; and their mother Lynne McDowell Bridger, brothers Dr. Matthew Anthony Bridger and wife Robbin of Columbus, OH; Lt. Col Morris Randall Bridger of Richmond, VA, and Robert Cameron Bridger and wife Sandy of Raleigh; aunt Mary Elise Bridger Clevenger of Kingston, TN, uncles Joseph Livingston Bridger of Raleigh and John Henry Bridger and wife Jamie of Long Beach, MS. Jimmy was a loving grandfather to Samantha Lynne Bridger and Cameron James Bridger and a doting uncle to Sydnee Morris Bridger, Robert "Bo" Williamson Bridger, Robert "Banks" Cameron Bridger, Jr., Addison Elise Bridger, and Rory Livingston Bridger. Jimmy's extended family included soon to be daughter-in-law Deborah Kirby with her daughters Alexa and Isabella, Elizabeth Speake, Donald McDowell, Mark Ayers and Martin Phillips.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Apex Funeral Home Chapel. A reception to celebrate Jimmy's life will take place following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in James A. Bridger, III name to the Wolf Pack Club at PO Box 37100 Raleigh NC 27627.