On Sept. 16, 1941, Freeda Reed White Bridges was born to parents, the late Edgar and Ethel Love Reed. She was welcomed by siblings Raymond, Virginia, Geraldine and Patsy. Two siblings, Virginia and Patsy, preceded Freeda in death. Raymond Reed (Dee), residing in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and Geraldine Cartwright, residing in Nashville, are left to cherish Freeda’s memory.
Freeda departed this life on Monday, Jan. 2, in Savannah, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 17 days.
As a young child, Freeda was blessed to become the adoptive daughter of the late D.G. White and his wife Letha, who lovingly reared her in the big, brown Sears Roebuck house on Wayne Road in Savannah. Life, as an adult, continued with the blessings of surviving children – a son, Michael Reece Kemp, of Savannah and a daughter, Camille Kemp of Adamsville. Grandchildren who survive are Steven Edward Long, Jessica Kemp Ballard (Zach), and Lauren Long. Surviving great-grandchildren are Braedon Reed Ballard and Avery Grace Ballard. Surviving stepgreat-grandchildren are Chelsie Ballard and Dawson Ballard.
On Nov. 27, 1998, Freeda happily married Larry Steven Bridges Sr., her childhood sweetheart, who survives. From this union Freeda was further blessed by adding to her family a stepdaughter, Laurrie Bridges Batey (Tommy) of Lewisburg, Tennessee, and a stepson, L. Steven Bridges Jr. (Donna) of Hendersonville, Tennessee. Stepgrandchildren are Daniel Batey, Dana Batey Mires and Raegan Bridges. Three stepgreat-grandchildren are Jeremy Batey, Amber Batey and Adilynn Batey.
Freeda is also survived by several nieces and nephews, kinfolks by the numbers and friends by the score. Family, relatives and friends held a special place in Freeda’s heart, just as her memory will be held dear in those of us, together with her family, who mourn the loss of kin and friend.
She retired from employment as city planner with the City of Savannah. Also, in her working career, she was the first female member of the Savannah Rotary Club where she served as president. A history buff, Freeda had a genuine interest in Hardin County, its history and growth.
Freeda and Larry both shared a love of the outdoors and country living, and they planned to live their retirement years at the Flat Gap farm. Together they built a cabin from lumber harvested on the farm where they were blessed to live for 16 years. They graciously shared their love for the place and its beauty with family and friends. Summer months were filled with gardening, canning and family visits. Both being avid travelers, they journeyed to and toured many parts of the world, but were always so proud to return to Hardin County and their beloved Flat Gap.
Freeda was a member of First Baptist Church, Savannah, where she gave her life to Christ in her early teenage years.
Services were held on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Savannah with Jason Mackey, Jim Robert, and Michael Roach officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hermon Cemetery at Savannah.
Memorial donations may be made to Janet Johnston Smith Foundation, c/o Peoples Bank, P. O. Box B, Clifton, TN 38425.