John Ernest Bridges, age 89 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away on April 10, 2017. John was born on May 2, 1927 in Rock Hill, SC where he grew up and attended Rock Hill High School. He served in the US Navy from 1944-1946 and the US Air Force from 1950-1954. He joined Delta Air Lines in 1956 where he was a pilot for almost 32 years. He retired as captain in 1987. An avid fisherman, John spent much of his spare time deep sea fishing in Key Largo, FL. John is survived by his wife, Patricia Bridges, sons Bill and Bob Bridges, daughters-in-law Sarah and Laurie Bridges, daughter and son-in-law Julie Bridges Perkins and Phil Perkins, seven grandchildren, Katie and Rachel Perkins, Marshall, Emily, Ansley, Jennifer, and Julia Bridges, nieces Anne Fields and Jane Fields Chastain, and nephew John Fields. A military service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, GA, with a reception to follow at the Bridges’ home in Stone Mountain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project in memory of John E. Bridges

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  1. Sincere condolences on your loss. May fond memories and loving words comfort your family at this difficult time. Isaiah 57:15.

  2. John was a prince to fly with and so well respected.
    Calm but so decisive. One of my favorite pilots who taught us new guys so much.

  3. So sorry for your loss. May you sense the love and support of friends, family and extended church family as you remember John and his life of service.

  4. Pat, I am so sad to hear of Johns passing. It has been so many years that the 3 of us were flying out of MIA. I hope the years were good to youall and you shared much happiness. Take care of yourself and my prayers are with you. Pat Ritchie Nease

  5. So, so sorry for your loss. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers. Know you are loved and lifted up during this challenging time. I pray you may receive the “Peace that passeth all understanding”.

  6. My condolences to the Bridges family. I flew with John several times on the DC-9 and DC-8 with Delta. He was a great pilot and always a pleasure to fly with. He was a true gentleman and a wonderful role model for Delta Pilots.

  7. John was one of those Captains with whom I flew that made my Delta career so pleasurable. He was a true gentleman, a superb pilot, and a wonderful travelling companion.

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