Pauline Reid Phillips Bridgforth passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Wednesday, April 7, 2021 surrounded by her children.
A family graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City on Saturday, April 10 followed by a visitation at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 1:00 pm and a celebration of her life at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Pauline was born July 21, 1929, to George Henderson and Zelotta Castleman Reid. She grew up in Louise, Mississippi and graduated from Yazoo City High School. She attended MSCW where she was a member of the Rogue Social Club.
In 1948, she left “the W” to marry John F. “Jack” Phillips, Jr. They made their home on the family farm in Holly Bluff, Mississippi where they raised their four children. Pauline was the ultimate hands on mom, volunteering at her children’s schools, leading her sons’ cub scout groups, teaching Sunday school and leading MYF at Holly Bluff Methodist Church, supporting her children’s participation in 4-H club in Holly Bluff and throughout Yazoo County, and teaching countless young people to waterski from their cabin on Wolf Lake. She was an avid gardener and loved spending time working among her flowers and vegetable gardens.
After the death of her husband Jack in 1977, she assumed management of the family farm and ran the business until she married Henry R. Bridgforth in 1980 and moved to Quiet Shades in eastern Yazoo County. She and Henry enjoyed many projects and adventures together as well as annual beach trips with their blended families until Henry’s death in 1990.
After Henry’s death Pauline dedicated most of her time and energy to First United Methodist Church in Yazoo City. In 1992, she began teaching a young adult Sunday School Class and for the next 19 years she was their teacher, mentor and confidant. She loved preparing her lessons and the time she spent with them in Bible study as well as excursions she shared with them to the Ocoee and other destinations. This class is now known as The Pauline Bridgforth Sunday School Class.
Pauline was never idle and always had a project(s) in the works.
Her final project was the creation of Methodist Market, a ministry of her church. Her vision was an exchange which took in donated clothes, appliances and household items which were then sold, or in many cases given away. The proceeds were used to provide essentials for many individuals and families in Yazoo County and beyond. For over a decade she spent several days each week making pick-ups and deliveries for Methodist Market and managing their storefront.
Pauline spent her entire life determined to be happy whatever her circumstances and to do all within her power to make those around her happy as well. Her strong, positive, and optimistic character will be missed by a host of family and friends, especially her faithful friend Frank Patty.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husbands Jack Phillips and Henry Bridgforth and her parents. She is survived by her children, John F. Phillips, III (Ann Elise) of Holly Bluff; Ann Phillips Milam (Hughes) of Tupelo; Chat Phillips (Mary Kay) and Will Phillips (Kathryn) of Yazoo County; and her step-children Enid Bridgforth Griesbeck of Memphis and Bill Bridgforth (Mariah) of Quiet Shades. She was affectionately known as “Nonie” to her 22 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, MS and to her caregivers Pat Greenwood, Ida Watkins, Lavonne Walls, Renoder Greenwood and Elaine Hampton for their dedicated and compassionate care.
She was truly clothed with strength and dignity; she laughed at the days to come. She spoke with wisdom, and kind, faithful instruction was always on her tongue. She watched over the affairs of her household and she never ate the bread of idleness …
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church (203 N. Washington St., Yazoo City, MS, 39194) or Holly Bluff Methodist Church (PO Box 186, Holly Bluff, MS, 39088).
The family has entrusted Stricklin King Funeral Home with the arrangements.