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J.E. Bridges, Jr. Obituary


J.E. (Jim) Bridges, Jr., a 60 year resident of Austin, for whom Marbridge Foundation, Inc. was established died January 25, 2006. Mr. Bridges had been the charter resident of Marbridge since June 1953. Mr. Bridges was the son of the late J.E. (Ed) Bridges, Sr. and the late Marjorie Davis Bridges, co-founders of the Marbridge Foundation. James Edgar Bridges, Jr. was born August 22, 1928 in Columbia, S.C. Mr. Bridges is survived by cousins Robert W. Fullbright, President and Chairman of Marbridge Foundation Inc.; Britt Hubbard of Hope Sound , FL, Mary Lynn Fullbright of Manchaca, TX, Gloria Bruce of Columbia, S.C. Rhonda Wilkins, of Clearwater, FL. Paul Bridges of Charlotte, N.C., and Dr. Roy Campbell of Lake Murray, S.C. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday January 27th in the Marbridge Chapel of All Faiths on Marbridge Ranch located at 2310 Bliss Spillar Rd. in Manchaca. Interment will follow in a private ceremony at the Bridges’ family cemetery located on the Marbridge Ranch campus. Pall bearers will be long-term residents of Marbridge. Honorary pallbearers will be all former and current members of the Marbridge Foundation Board of Trustees. Jim Bridges’ life is the story of the son of loving parents who sought the best quality of life for their son who was injured at birth resulting in mental retardation. Throughout their 74 year marriage, his parents devoted themselves to Jim and dedicated themselves to ensure lifetime care for their son and others with similar challenges like him. Their determination and sacrifice resulted in the establishment of Marbridge Ranch, founded June 1, 1953 in a small ranch house on 87 acres in Manchaca. Today Marbridge Foundation Inc. encompasses 300 acres that is home to 220 adults with cognitive challenges living in three residential communities, as well as the Marbridge Garden Center, the largest retail nursery under cover in Austin. Since its opening in 1953, Marbridge has provided long-term residential care and training to more than 2, 000 adults with cognitive challenges. Marbridge was founded as an alternative to institutionalization prominent at the time when Jim was born. Founded on strong Christian principles, Marbridge afforded Jim safety, well being, and happiness through supervised living complimented by active inclusion and interaction in the Austin community including employment at Bridges Furniture Store located on 416 Congress Ave. in downtown Austin , as well as at Marbridge Ranch; worldwide traveling with his parents; season tickets to UT football games for more than 20 years and dining at his favorite restaurants. Arrangements are under the direction of Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar, Austin, Texas 78705. The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all the current and former staff members of Marbridge that surrounded Jim with loving care for 53 years. The family requests memorial contributions in lieu of flowers be made to Marbridge Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 2250, Manchaca, TX 78652. Obituary and guestbook online at wcfish.com