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Thursday, October 08 2020
Lewis William Bridgforth

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I am so very sorry to hear of Lewis's passing. He was a wonderful & compassionate man. My deepest condolences to Betty & the extended family.
Posted by Wilma Rutledge on 10/10/2020 - 12:06 AM
Thank-you for taking care of my family Dr.B! Many Prayers for your family rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Nellie cichorz on 10/10/2020 - 06:11 AM
Sending condolences to the family! Another angel received their wings. Fly high and soar the clouds. You have a legacy in Victoria...the best doctor ever! Rest In Peace. Sending hugs and lots of love to you all!
Posted by Tracey Rowsey on 10/10/2020 - 06:39 AM
So sorry to hear this..He was a great man..prayers for his love ones..
Posted by Rosie Bishop on 10/10/2020 - 06:48 AM
They don't make em like they used to. Dr. Bridgforth was incredibly knowledgeable about so many things. Today, you will often get a referral to a specialist for every little thing. Dr. Bridgforth helped keep cost down for patients as he was able to manage many things without a referral to a higher-cost specialist. He did not say much, because he listened to his patients. He worked long hours. He has had a great deal of influence on my own nursing practice. The community has been at a loss since he retired (which was much deserved). To his family and the wonderful woman behind this great man, he will be mourned.
Posted by Kristen Johnson (daughter of Janet and Mooch Johnson) on 10/10/2020 - 07:35 AM
Deepest Condolences Heartfelt Sympathy To the Family. I could go on and on about this man he was the most honest and caring Dr's and lets not forget his comical side mmmmmm I know he will rest peacefully in Paridise because he ALWAYS lend both of his helping hands and Heart.Alot of 💔
Posted by Karen Streat on 10/10/2020 - 07:41 AM
Deepest Condolences Heartfelt Sympathy To the Family. I could go on and on about this man he was the most honest and caring Dr's and lets not forget his comical side mmmmmm I know he will rest peacefully in Paridise because he ALWAYS lend both of his helping hands and Heart.Alot of 💔
Posted by Karen Streat on 10/10/2020 - 07:46 AM
Dr Bridgforth was my childhood doctor plus family doctor. He was such a nice man. My condolences go out to his family.
Posted by Danielle Chaffin- Williams on 10/10/2020 - 07:48 AM
Forever grateful for his service and commitment to our community. Dr B will be greatly missed. May he RIP. Prayers for peace and comfort to Betty, Jennifer, Lewis, and family.
Posted by David Vaughan on 10/10/2020 - 08:11 AM
Our sincere condolences to this wonderful family. Heaven has gained another angel. He will be missed greatly.
Posted by Cameron Pratt and Family on 10/10/2020 - 08:15 AM
To many memories
Posted by cliff sheffield on 10/10/2020 - 08:27 AM
Condolences to the family. He was a wonderful man and we were proud to know him.
Posted by Archie and Brenda Reed on 10/10/2020 - 08:46 AM
Sending you love from the Hernandez Valverde family in Costa Rica. We are with you in spirit and heart. Love and strength to you all. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Grettel Valverde Cordero on 10/10/2020 - 09:04 AM
Sincerest condolences to Lewis Brigforth III & Family.
Posted by Robin McMorris on 10/10/2020 - 09:34 AM
Such a kind, caring doctor who cared for my family while were teaching in Lunenburg County.
Posted by Randall and Teresa McConnell on 10/10/2020 - 09:59 AM
Our thoughts and prayers of deepest sympathy are with each of you. A fine, country gentleman and kind, generous soul who lovingly served his community has found well deserved rest with his Maker! We will miss his happy smile and his "humming" personality. May the wonderful memories you have in each of your hearts sustain you and grant you peace in the days ahead. Most sincerely, Nancy & Everett Pennington
Posted by Nancy & Everett Pennington on 10/10/2020 - 10:06 AM
So sorry to hear this. He was such a great person and will truly be missed. Prayers for the family.
Posted by Wanda Tuck on 10/10/2020 - 10:11 AM
Dr. Bridgforth was the sweetest, kindest, and most caring person. Heaven is blessed with his presence. My prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends. The community has lost a devoted friend. With love, Joyce U. Engnehl
Posted by Joyce Underwood Engnehl on 10/10/2020 - 10:18 AM
Dr. Bridgforth was the sweetest, kindest, and most caring person. Heaven is blessed with his presence. My prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends. The community has lost a devoted friend. With love, Joyce U. Engnehl
Posted by Joyce Underwood Engnehl on 10/10/2020 - 10:20 AM
So sorry to hear this. I so loved going to Dr. Bridgforth he was so kind and sweet. Always humming but listened to every word you said. He is truly missed in this community. RIP Sir you have earned it.
Posted by Wanda Mayton on 10/10/2020 - 10:26 AM
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Bridgforth family on the passing of Dr. Bridgforth. We were so very fond of him and will miss his special company at the Windjammer. Got bless you all at this sad time. Fran and Beth B.
Posted by Francis and Beth Burns on 10/10/2020 - 10:51 AM
I am sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. David
Posted by David Fritsch on 10/10/2020 - 10:51 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was truly a great man and doctor. He will be missed by many and especially by me. There will never be another like him. He helped so many but I know he is resting peacefully with our Lord and Savior. May the Lord grant you peace through this time of sorrow.
Posted by Gail Berkley on 10/10/2020 - 11:01 AM
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Lewis. He will always be remembered for his dedication to others and we will always have loving thoughts of him in our hearts as we know you will too. He will be greatly missed. With our Love, Rick, Kathy, Ryan, Zach & Jennifer
Posted by Rick & Kathy Burgess and family on 10/10/2020 - 11:05 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. Lewis has always been a big part of our large family and he meant a lot to a lot of people. Not only caring and smart but Lewis was funny as well and I always enjoyed that. I had a neighbor, Sherri Rice who we became close friends with over the years and in conversation once we learned that even they knew Lewis from living in Blackstone, VA and he was their Doctor. They couldn't believe I was related to him as they said he was basically famous and had nothing but glowing thoughts of him. We will all miss you Lewis. Lots of Love and Condolences to all the Lewis fans and especially to the family. We are here for you.
Posted by David A Maupin on 10/10/2020 - 11:11 AM
Our condolences to the family.
Posted by Lewis and Debbie on 10/10/2020 - 11:20 AM
We are so sad to hear about Lewis' passing. He was much loved and respected. Lewis was a great Physician and a wonderful person. He had a wealth of knowledge and compassion for all. Losing Lewis leaves a large hole in the entire community. We wish him peace and send our thoughts and love to his family.
Posted by Debi & Jack Bridgforth on 10/10/2020 - 11:28 AM
Sorry to hear of Dr. Bridgforth passing he was our family Dr. Travis, Joann, and Dana from 1968 to his retirement, 40 yrs. Prayers for his family.
Posted by Travis Parson on 10/10/2020 - 11:42 AM
May his legacy live on through all the lives he served! Rest In Peace Dr. Bridgforth🙏🏽
Posted by Victoria Harvey on 10/10/2020 - 11:48 AM
My deepest sympathy to the Bridgforth family. Loved Dr. Bridgforth for his kind, caring manner. Was a sad day for the community when he retired. Fly high you will be missed!
Posted by MARY S WILLIS on 10/10/2020 - 12:30 PM
He was the best doctor to me and my family. Always there when I needed him. Prayers to Betty and the family. Dr. "B" will be greatly missed.
Posted by Carolyn Edmonds Wilmouth on 10/10/2020 - 12:38 PM
Such a golden soul. I never met him but have heard much from Lewis. My sincereest condolences. I wish for his soul and may him rest in peace. My blessings and heart with Bridgforth family. Yours Truly, Manan
Posted by Manan on 10/10/2020 - 12:39 PM
Lewis, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there to hug you and console you. I send heartfelt prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Eunice Smith on 10/10/2020 - 12:57 PM
Prayers to all the family at this time of loss. Lewis was such a good man and set great examples to all of us. He will truly be missed by many. God place your hands of comfort on this family.
Posted by Dianne Brooks on 10/10/2020 - 12:59 PM
Nuestra familia está con ustedes, fortaleza y oraciones para Lewis hijo y su familia. Dios nos acompaña siempre para comprender sus designios y mantener en kuestra mente y corazón los buenos recuerdos de nuestros familiares que han partido antes que nosotros. Un gran abrazo de tu familia en Costa Rica.
Posted by Familia Lopez Valverde on 10/10/2020 - 12:59 PM
Lewis was my lifelong friend all the way back to growing up in Crewe. I cherish many great memories of time spent with him and Betty through the years and a wonderful friendship with Jennifer Lee. I remember his saying when in medical school that he always wanted to be a general practioner in a small town. Victoria was blessed to have him all those years. He was a brilliant doctor with a great sense of humor. Heaven truly gained an angel. My prayers are with all his family.
Posted by Jean Lawson Evans on 10/10/2020 - 01:18 PM
Dearest Ones, Such an outpouring of love and appreciation for Lewis is inspiring indeed. We do not know of anyone else who has dedicated his life to his community in such tireless care. How amazing for him to be a part of our family! We love you and and will be remembering you in prayer for your comfort and strength. Wish we could be there for a big hug. Love, Carl and Joyce
Posted by Joyce & Carl Becker on 10/10/2020 - 01:31 PM
Our prayers and sympathy to each of you.♥
Posted by Tom and Billie Reid on 10/10/2020 - 02:47 PM
Rest in peace, dad
Posted by Ken Fraser on 10/10/2020 - 02:49 PM
I am so sorry to hear about Lewis. He was such a nice and kind person to be around. Much love to you Betty, Willie, & Jennifer Lee & family. Let us know if you need anything. Yolanda & David Maupin
Posted by Yolanda Maupin on 10/10/2020 - 04:10 PM
My condolences to the family.
Posted by LaVater Brown on 10/10/2020 - 04:46 PM
So sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful, thoughtful person he was. Rest easy Dr. Bridgeforth. You were truly a blessing to this town. 🛐❤🌹
Posted by Sarah (Hadley) Chamberlayne on 10/10/2020 - 04:52 PM
My sympathy is with the Bridgforth family in the passing of Dr. Bridgfoth. He was most helpful in treating my children and my Mother. He was also a joy to be around in public. May you be given the strength you need in the days ahead. God Bless You.
Posted by NANCY MARSHALL ALDER on 10/10/2020 - 05:10 PM
I feel so fortunate to have experienced the care of Dr. Bridgeforth as a kid. He took care of most things throughout my life and was so helpful to send me to a great surgeon when I tore my ACL playing basketball in high school. I have fond memories of the office and his friendly humming while he examined me during our visits. He was a great example of a caring, community doctor and most folks won't ever know what that's like. I know his family will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to Betty, Jennifer, Lewis, and family.
Posted by Jolinda Smithson on 10/10/2020 - 05:10 PM
Was so sorry to here of his passing. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.
Posted by Richard and Julie Davis on 10/10/2020 - 06:43 PM
Was so sorry to here of his passing. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.
Posted by Richard and Julie Davis on 10/10/2020 - 06:44 PM
Betty we are sorry to hear about Louis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if we do anything and please keep in touch. Muriel & Bill
Posted by Muriel & Bill Hargrove on 10/10/2020 - 07:23 PM
Betty & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Lewis' passing. I really enjoyed talking to you both when you took your walks around the campground. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to you, family and friends.
Posted by Connie Duck on 10/10/2020 - 07:29 PM
Thanks Doc,for everything you done for me and my children👼 Fly with the ANGELS👼👼👼👼
Posted by Wanda Mayton on 10/10/2020 - 07:35 PM
Dr. Bridgforth was such a sweet man. I always enjoyed our conversations. My prayers and sympathy to the entire family. May he Rest In Peace.
Posted by Janice Puleo on 10/10/2020 - 07:57 PM
I am so sorry to hear that Dr. Bridgforth has passed. I send my deepest sympathies along with my prayers for the family. He was a kind, humble, generous and caring leader of the community. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by JB Daniel on 10/10/2020 - 08:38 PM
So sorry to hear of our Great Dr.B'S death.He was a Dr.to everyone in the county for such a long time.
Posted by Barbara A Maitland on 10/10/2020 - 08:52 PM
So sorry to hear of Dr Bridgforth's passing. Have many fond memories of visiting his office. I never liked Drs visits as a child, but was different seeing him. He was a great man. Condolences and prayers to the family.
Posted by Dexter Hurt on 10/10/2020 - 09:30 PM
Betty, I am so sorry to read this!! I am so happy for you both that you had so many joyful years together. Sadly, we pay a price when our loved ones are no longer with us. May you have wonderful memories and carry Louis in your heart the rest of your life. Love, Patti
Posted by Patti Martin on 10/10/2020 - 10:33 PM
Querido Lewis y familia. Un hermoso ángel está desde ahora a su lado en alma por siempre. Pido a Dios les de paz a uds. su adorada familia. Te abrazo mi querido amigo.
Posted by Martha del Valle on 10/11/2020 - 01:43 AM
I was blessed some years ago in meeting the Bridgforths at our family vacation spot in Nags head, North Carolina. Dr. Bridgforth had a special charm and great sense of humor and brought much laughter and smiles to my family. Last year we were fortunate enough to be able to help him walk to the ocean and assist him as he stood with his feet in the surf and the smile on his face was priceless. Thank you Dr. Bridgforth for those wonderful memories and may God bless and bring comfort to your loved ones who miss you dearly.
Posted by Casey gremillion on 10/11/2020 - 06:38 AM
There aren't enough words to describe Lewis. He was a wonderful friend and doctor. We shared many laughs and good times together. I will miss our trips together and the wonderful times we had. You will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love, Chuck
Posted by Chuck Castle on 10/11/2020 - 07:29 AM
We have lost another legend and true Country Doctor. Dr. "B" will always be my role model, family friend, and colleague. Lewis had the full package and exemplified what a great Family Doc can do for his patients and community. He was compassionate, smart, available, and an expert diagnostician. He rarely if ever missed a diagnosis in my opinion, and he spent many hours staying up to date with current medical practice. He always made you feel comfortable no matter what the problem was. Our family will always hold him in high regard and will miss him along with his warm smile, rhythmic hum, and chuckling laugh. Dr. Clay Hall
Posted by Dr. Clay Hall on 10/11/2020 - 09:38 AM
Mis sentidas condolencias para mi querido amigo Lewis y toda su familia. Todos están en mis oraciones. Pido a Dios y a su Madre Santísima que les den fortaleza y consuelo en estos momentos. Ya el Dr. Bridgforth descansa en el regazo de nuestro Señor.
Posted by Jorge Arturo Arce lara on 10/11/2020 - 09:42 AM
Betty, I am so sorry to hear this, he was such a sweet person and will be missed. prayers for the family. Louise
Posted by Louise Callis on 10/11/2020 - 11:11 AM
Betty, You have my deepest regrets on the passing of Lewis. He was the first med student I met in September 1962 outside Warner Hall at MCV. Our friendship endured as the "old time Docs in Southside Va. who really cared for their Patients. My fondest memories of the two of you was our private bar meetings in your rooms at the Medical Society of VA meetings thru the years. You and Lewis will be forever remembered as dedicated medical providers of Southside Va. Best regards, Jerry Burnett
Posted by Jerry Burnett on 10/11/2020 - 11:37 AM
Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.Dr.B. was an amazing person and helped this community greatly. He will be truly missed.He was so good to my family and granddaughter.
Posted by Rob and Jan Duvall on 10/11/2020 - 12:28 PM
My heartfelt condolences to the Bridgforth family. May God give you peace and may Dr. Bridgforth's memory be a blessing. You are in my prayers.
Posted by Jorge Arturo Arce lara on 10/11/2020 - 03:09 PM
Deepest sympathy to you, Betty and family, in this great loss. Lewis was very special to a lot of people and very much appreciated as a doctor by all he served. God bless and comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Posted by Jackie Conner on 10/11/2020 - 03:19 PM
Sorry to learn of your loss.
Posted by Jay Boswell on 10/11/2020 - 08:25 PM
Dear Bridgeforth family, May God give you comfort and strength in the coming days in the loss of loved one. You were blessed with one of the best. Sending prays and hugs.❤
Posted by Terry Dalton on 10/11/2020 - 08:34 PM
I was a pharmacuetical salesman with Schering Corp. I saw Dr Bridgeforth every six weeks for years. He and his wife were wonderful. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. Boyd Cave
Posted by Boyd D Cave Jr on 10/12/2020 - 12:00 PM

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Lewis William Bridgforth, 81, of Victoria, Virginia died on Thursday, October 8, 2020.  He leaves behind Betty Wood Bridgforth, his best friend and beloved wife of 58 years; his son Lewis W. Bridgforth III of Richmond, VA; his daughter Jennifer-Lee B. Hite (Haynie) of Goochland, VA; and his granddaughter Catalina Acosta and grandsons Maben B. Hite, Riley H. Hite, and Isaac R. Hite.  Lewis was a graduate of Crewe High School, Hampden-Sydney College, and the Medical College of Virginia.  He began his practice in Victoria in 1966 and served the community until he retired in 2008.  He was a recipient of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award and the Medical Society of Virginia Community Service Award.  He was a founding father and dedicated board member of Benchmark Community Bank.  He also served on the board of Lunenburg Health Service.  He volunteered his time to provide free physicals to youth, middle, and high school athletes.  Lewis enjoyed the stock market, reading, fishing, and gardening.  Forever the optimist, he planted pecan trees when he was 72 because he wanted a pecan pie. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Clarke Funeral Home in Kenbridge. Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM in the Kenbridge Heights Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his life can make a donation directly to the Lunenburg Health Service, Inc. PO Box 121 Victoria, Va. 23974 or Victoria Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 1419, Victoria, Va. 23974

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