August 19, 1922 ~ May 28, 2007

Born in: Kershaw, SC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Hilda West Bridges, 84, of Asheville, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007 in Mission Hospital. A native of Kershaw, SC, she was a daughter of the late Matthew and Juanita Trusdale West. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Drewery Jefferson Bridges, who passed away in 1987. Mrs. Bridges was a graduate of Kershaw High School and Draughon’s Business College in Columbia, SC and retired as the office manager of Asheville Bit and Steel with 25 years of service. She was a member of Arden First Baptist Church and was very fond of her fellow members of the Vision Sunday School Class. She enjoyed spending summers at Lakewood Campground in Myrtle Beach. Her favorite hobbies were gardening and real estate. She will always be remembered for having a love for everyone around her. She is survived by one daughter, Janice B. Westall and her husband, Ken of Arden; two sons, Jeffrey L. Bridges and his wife, Marsha of Arden and Joseph G. Bridges of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Natasha W. Crow and her husband, David of Fletcher, Ross K. Westall and his fiancée, Kassie Burgin of Charlotte and Anna E. Bridges of Raleigh; one great-granddaughter, Grayson Mackenzie Crow; one sister, Jean Newman and her husband, Byron of Lugoff, SC; two brothers, William T. West of Kershaw, SC and Freddie West and his wife, Martha of Darlington, SC as well as a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 31, 2007 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Dr. James Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Arden First Baptist Church, 3839 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, NC 28704.

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  1. Dear Jan, Ken, Tasha, David, Grayson and Family,

    We send our condolences to all and may God bless you in your time of sorrow. We are so sorry we could not be at the visitation and service. We had planned to be there but were unable to keep our plans. Our thoughts were with you.

    May you find peace
    in the love of Christ,

    John and Shirley

  2. I am afraid it is impossible to make it up for the services thursday, but wanted to let you all know that I will hold a personal ceremony for Hilda right here. Hilda and all you guys are such a big part of my family life and upbringing. I am grateful for the friendship she gave to my parents and her sweet and loving demeanor. I will be there in spirit with you and send my prayers for a peaceful and joyous ‘crossing over’ for Hilda.
    much affection, Patti, Hal and Molly

  3. Our church will sorely miss your presence but we know you are with God. That is a joyous thing. God bless your family.

  4. Just happened to find this while looking for June’s sister, Frances Taylor who passed away yesterday. We love you all and send our condolences and prayers in your time of grief. We have many loving and fond memories through the past thirty odd years.
    Love, Bill and June

  5. Dear Jan, Jeff, Joey,

    I was very sorry to hear about Hilda, I always knew she was a great lady, good friend.

    Best regards,
    Charlie Edwards

  6. Dear Jean and Milledge,
    I was sad to read about Hilda. I remember how nice she was to me whenever she dropped in the office on her way to and from the beach. I know you’ll cherish the many fond memories you have shared with her. Please express my sympathy to all of the family. Gary Brown

  7. I want to extend my condolence to Hilda’s family. I met her through the Stafford’s and Asheville Bit & Steel while she was still Office Mgr.. I remember what a gentle person she was and a friend to all.

    Please know that prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

  8. We would like to offer our condolences to the Bridges family in the loss of their mother. We have known the Bridges family for many years and trust that God will provide comfort during this time.


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