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Paul David "Stick" Bridgewaters

Paul David "Stick" Bridgewaters

May 20, 1928

Jan 2, 2023


Paul David "Stick" Bridgewaters, 94, of Louisville died Sunday at Norton Pallative Care.

Visitation 10-12 Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Community Missionary Baptist Church 4909 E. Indian Trail. Funeral to follow at 12:00. Burial Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 1:00 at Highland Memory Gardens 279 Landis Lane Mt. Washington, KY

Paul David Bridgewaters was born May 20, 1928 in Adair County, Kentucky to the union of Cleo Tate and Homer Bridgewaters. He was the seventh child of thirteen children. At a young age, he requested people to call him “Stick”, and that nickname stuck with him all through his life. In fact, if anyone referred to him as Paul, no one knew who they were talking about, so he was affectionately called “Stick”.

At an early age, Stick dedicated his life to Christ at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Greensburg, Kentucky. When he moved to Louisville, Kentucky, he became a member of Community Missionary Baptist Church, and remained an active member until his health began to decline. Paul “Stick” was not a “bench warmer“ at church, he was a dedicated Trustee, who diligently kept his eye on the church’s money when he made change for people on Sunday mornings. He was also an Usher, who was very punctual and always accepted his position as an Usher seriously. As the saying goes, “He was on his JOB!”

Paul was united in Holy Matrimony on February 11, 1950, to the love of his life, Marshall Lee Bradshaw, and to this union, three children were born, David “D.G.”, Luthetta and Terryl, who were the apples of his eyes.

Stick was always a hard worker, and kept himself gainfully employed. He was a partner with279 his brother, Bobby Bridgewaters, in the Bridgewaters Construction Company for approximately forty years. If you knew Stick, you would know that being outside was a priority for him, whether it was shining up his cars or manicuring his lawn and other lawns, as well. Spending time with his family and grilling, brought enjoyment to him. But let’s not forget, his enjoyment also came with the U of L Cardinals. He was a die hard Cardinal fan, as evidenced by all of the red and black in his “decked out” home.

When you describe Stick, the first thing you think of is that he was a kind, loving, and devoted husband and father. He was also very generous with his time, helping anyone, at any time, with whatever they needed.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters, and nine brothers.

On Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 8:42 A.M., God called His son, Paul David Bridgewaters “Stick”, from labor to rest. He leaves to cherish his memories, three children, David “D.G.” (Katherine), Luthetta Riles, and Terryl McCray (Carlton “Scooter”); seven grandchildren, Scotty, Tony, Mony, Sycles, Tarryn, Tasha, and Malyiek; six great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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