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        In 1926 Bridges-McDorman Funeral Home was founded in Athens, GA by Mr. D. Weaver Bridges and Mr. Clyde McDorman, the son of John McDorman and Irene “Rena” Peeler McDorman. Shortly after the opening, Dorsey Funeral Home, in Athens, was purchased and incorporated into Bridges-McDorman Funeral Home.  Dorsey Funeral Home was founded in 1884 and was last located in the Moses Waddell Home which is presently part of the First Presbyterian Church.

In 1939, Mr. Hugh Peeler of Athens, GA began working for the funeral home while attending the University of Georgia, and found his passion. After serving our country during World War II, Mr. Peeler returned to work at the funeral home. In the late 1940's Mr. Bridges and Mr. McDorman parted ways and the firm became Bridges Funeral Home. After Mr. Bridge's death in 1957, Mr. Peeler partnered with John Renka, son-n-law of Mr. Bridges, and eventually purchased the business from the family. Hugh devoted his life to serving the community he had grown up in. He truly loved and enjoyed working until his last day. Hugh passed away in August 2011 at the age of 90.

Terry Peeler, Hugh's son, presently operates the business. Terry continues the same traditions and level of service that Hugh did. He and the entire staff is proud of it's long history and is honored to provide the special brand of caring and compassion to the families they serve. Everyone at Bridges continues to keep a keen eye to details to assure the continuation of service to the Athens area and surrounding communities.    

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