Charles Howard Bridges
Charles Howard Bridges
  • July 31, 1930 - December 18, 2013
  • Brooksville, Florida

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Charles. H. "Charlie" Bridges , died Wednesday in Palm Harbor. He passed 3 days after the death of his wife of 62 years, Helen Hoyle Bridges. He was 83.

A native of North Carolina and one of 5 children, Bridges was born 1930 in Forest City. He attended UNC- Chapel Hill and Belmont Abbey College. He graduated from Belmont Abbey with a degree in Business in 1956.

Bridges Served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Lakenheath Air Force Base in Suffolk, England from 1948 to 1951.

Bridges began his business career at The Scott Paper Company in 1959 and left in 1981 after a 22-year career to start his own business. He became a co-owner and CEO of Francois L. Schwarz in 1981 and ran the company until 1995. He was a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for Outback Steakhouse from 1992 to 2006. Bridges also owned 6 Outback Steakhouse Restaurants in Northern California.

Throughout his life, golf was his passion. Bridges served on the Board of Directors of Copperhead Charities, hosts of the PGA Tour Golf tournament held annually at Innisbrook Resort. Bridges was also a Founding Member at Old memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Florida as well as a lifelong Member at Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon, NJ.

He is survived by daughter Karen Bridges of Palm Harbor, FL; Daughter and son-in-law Linda and Mike Mitchell of Brooksville, FL; grandson Ryan Bridges of Palm Harbor, FL; Brother and sister in law Bob and Robin Bridges of Ponce de Leon, FL; Brother and sister in law Keith and Thelma Bridges of Madisonville, TN; Sister Linda Arnold of Madisonville, TN; Sister Suzanne Ogle of Tellico Plains, TN; sister-in -law Dell Little of Chapel Hill, NC; Aunt Margie Bridges of Fort Walton Beach, FL; and beloved nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A visitation will be held from 3:00-4:00pm on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Palm Harbor, Florida.

A funeral service will be held at 4pm on Sunday following the visitation at the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Phyllis Shaughnessy officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 27, 2013 at Southern Baptist Church Cemetery in Ruth, North Carolina with Reverend John Perry officiating.

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