MORGANTON Mr. Mark Kevin Bridges, 49, of Morganton, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at his residence. Mark was born Nov. 13, 1969, in Burke County to Ruth Stephens Bridges and the late Maurice Bridges. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Morganton and was formerly employed as a computer programmer in the web design industry. Mark was an accomplished self taught musician, who traveled the country with several bands over the years, playing the piano and keyboards. He also enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hiking. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Effie and Leonard Bridges, and Ethel and Glenn Stephens. Surviving in addition to his mother is a sister, Beverly Bridges of Morganton; a brother, Edwin Lynn Bridges of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and fiancée, Kimberly Brooks. Also surviving are three aunts, Sue Evans and Edna Barger, both of Connelly Springs, and Willard "Bille" Bridges of Valdese; numerous cousins; and many friends. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 12 p.m., at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with the Rev. Michael Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 5388 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. An online guestbook and obituary is available at Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Bridges family.

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