Melba Bridges

Melba Rea Bridges (Murphy)

Saturday, June 4th, 1938 - Friday, February 7th, 2020
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Melba Murphy Bridges 81 of Rutherfordton N.C. passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Melba was born June 4, 1938 in Spindale, NC and is the daughter of the late Alfred and Alberta Scoggin Murphy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Moody Bridges; a brother David and his wife, Karla Dunlap Murphy; and her sister, Sandra Murphy Jennings and her brother-in-law Rev. John Jennings.
She is survived by her brother Sam and his wife Francine (Gaboriault) Murphy of Greenville, SC; and numerous nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces, cousins.
She graduated from R-S Central High School in 1957 and attended Mars Hill College then transferred and graduated from Carson Newman College. After college, she worked at Rutherford County Hospital as supervisor for the Norris Briggs Clinic.
Melba was a special lady. She loved life and enjoyed traveling with her husband and then her brothers to the Wake Forest football and basketball games.
She was a beautiful classy lady; her clothing, jewelry and hair were always perfect. Her smile was contagious, and her heart was made of gold.
A fine musician, she was an accomplished organist and hand bell player. She was an organist for Spencer Baptist Church until she married Moody then she was the pianist for the First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. She was an amazing person and was involved with her churches in the choir, hand bells, pianist, organist as well as conducting weddings for many couples.
A celebration of Melba’s life will be held 2 PM Monday, February 17, 2020 at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tim Marsh officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton, 246 N. Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or to your local animal rescue group.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 17th, 2020 |
    Monday, February 17th, 2020
    Crowe's Mortuary
    118 College Ave
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    Following the service
  • Service

    Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, February 17th, 2020 2:00pm
    Crowe's Funeral Chapel
    118 College Avenue
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    Rev. Tim Marsh

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Frank Leonard

Posted at 12:40pm
My heartfelt sympathy to all of Melba's family. Always a blessing to see and share with Melba at Wake Forest Football and Basketball games over many years. Also would see her and enjoy her visits while she was in Lexington, NC. Our Deacon group, The Lexington Boys, Roby, Jack, Jim, and Frank loved cheering on the Deacons with Melba as our head cheer leader ! Looking forward to seeing Melba again in the Sweet By and By. We loved Melba. My blessings and prayers to all the family. GO DEACONS ! Frank Leonard, Lexington, NC

Janice Bright

Posted at 10:49am
Prayers for the family for the loss of such a kind lady. She was my supervisor at what use to be Norris-Biggs Clinic many years ago. Janice Bright

Brian Metcalf

Posted at 03:38pm
Sam, I am so sorry to hear about Melba. Prayers for you and your family!
Brian Metcalf (Virginia Rhodes' Grandson)

Helen Beam Posted at 07:56pm

I was so sorry to read about Melba. We were in the same class from elementary through high school and graduated in 1956. Prayers for her family.

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