Lucile Brown Bridgeman



Mrs. Lucile Brown Bridgeman, age 95 of Laurinburg passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Born August 9, 1922 in Aberdeen, North Carolina she was a daughter of the late William Carson Brown and Emma Docia Brady Brown. She joined the love of her life, her late husband, Archibald Douglas “Doug” Bridgeman in his hometown of Laurinburg, at the end of World War II. She became a guiding force to ensure quality health care, especially pre-natal care, teen pregnancy prevention, and cancer detection, for the citizens of Scotland County.

She graduated from Elise Academy and King’s College and began her distinguished career in public health that led to her position as Scotland County Heath Director, one of which very few women were awarded. She retired in 1984 after 39 years of dedicated service. After retiring, Lucile was appointed to the Scotland County Board of Commissioners and was subsequently elected. She has the honor of serving as the first female Scotland County Commissioner. She served until 1990. Her love of community continued as she served on numerous committees and boards including; The Laurinburg – Maxton Airport Commission, Southeastern Regional Mental Health Board, President of North Carolina Mental Health Council, Trustee for Scotland Memorial Hospital and Edwin Morgan Center Board Member. She served on the Stadium Civic Center Board, Lumber River State Park Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Chamber of Commerce Human Relations Committee, Scotland County Transportation Committee, and the Lumber River Council of Governments. She was instrumental in defeating the location of the GSX toxic waste project, as a member of SCAT, an environmental group opposed to the location of a hazardous waste facility in Scotland County. Lucile was involved with the Scotland County Humane Society and was a member of the Pilot Club of Laurinburg.

Lucile was the recipient of many awards including the Laurinburg Pilot Club’s Non-Member Business and Professional Woman of the Year Award, Group Merit Award from the North Carolina Public Health Association, County Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties, North Carolina Governor’s Health Department of Excellence as finalist for a Robert Wood Johnson Grant in Public Health and Community Health Efforts (one of 3 national finalists) and the Watson S. Rankin Award for personal achievement by the N.C. Public Health Association.

Lucile was a devoted member of the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church. She loved reading and volunteering in the church library. Playing Bridge was one of her favorite pastimes. Above all, her greatest joy was sharing time with her family, especially with her grandchildren. Her legacy of love and commitment will forever be treasured by all who had the honor of knowing Lucile.

Along with her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Steven Douglas “Steve” Bridgeman; all of her siblings, Carson Brown, Aster Brown, Penny Brown, Tracey Brown, W.C. Brown, Jr., Jack Dare Brown, Ossie B. Freeman and Ethelyn B. Eppley ; and her sister-in-law Mary Frances Bridgeman Micklem and husband Micky.

She leaves behind her adoring children, David Bridgeman of the home, Mary Jo Bridgeman Adams and husband David of Laurinburg, special son, Michael Riggins and wife Kathleen of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Erica Bridgeman and friend Jimmy Jernigan, Paul Douglas Adams, William Edward Adams, Stephen Bridgeman and great grandchild, Makayla Taylor; special care givers, Linda Hudson and Deborah Thompson. She is also survived by her many nieces, nephews and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Elizabeth Forester. Burial will follow the service in Hillside Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Richard Boles Funeral Service.

In her memory, the family requests memorials to the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 West Church Street, Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Scotland Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.