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Robert "Perch" Bridges – August 10, 2016

Robert “Perch” Bridges, 78, of Amarillo died Wednesday, August 10th, 2016.Bridges Obit Photo
He will be dearly missed by his friends, family, and most of all the love of his life, Marilea. Perch and Marilea’s love is a romance greater than any love story ever written. They knew no one could keep them apart and ran off to Clovis, New Mexico to tie the knot. She was 15, and he was 17. They were lucky to share sixty-one years of holy matrimony. If you were blessed enough to spend 3 minutes with Perch Bridges, you learned something great. If you didn’t, then you simply were not paying attention. The man was wisdom, strength, courage, and love personified. He was a self-made man, an entrepreneur, and a barbecue pit master. He was the son of Robert and Lottie Bridges.  He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: his beloved wife Marilea, and two sons Bo and Denny Bridges. He is also survived by grandchildren: Casi Lyles, Berkley Mitchell, Brittani Campbell, and Mallory Bridges, as well as great-grandchildren: Makenna, Bennet, and Gunnar. His siblings: Dr. Phyllis Bridges of Denton, Texas, Raymond Bridges of Amarillo, and Molly Bridges of Amarillo. A private memorial service has already taken place.


  • Joe Ahearn Posted August 13, 2016 9:07 pm

    I send sincere condolences to Marilea, Bo, Denny, and the family. We will not see Perch’s likeness again. I am sorry he is no longer with us.
    Joe Ahearn
    Austin, TX

  • Mark Williams Posted August 14, 2016 11:38 am

    Very sorry for yalls loss

  • Marilyn & Don Johnson Posted August 14, 2016 10:31 pm

    Many good memories with Perch. Sad to see this in the paper. Pray for God’s peace and comfort.
    Donnie and Marilyn (McCarty) Johnson

  • Floyd Lebow Posted August 15, 2016 11:12 am

    Very sorry to hear Perch passed away. He was very kind to me in my youth. Our sympathies to the family.
    Floyd & Linda Lebow

  • Herschel&Diane Neal Posted August 15, 2016 1:04 pm

    Sorry to read about Perch’s passing. He was a rare person. We are glad he had 61 happy years with the love of his life and a fine family.

  • Diane Walsh Posted August 15, 2016 3:50 pm

    Perch Bridges was one the finest men, I have ever known. His outlook on life was unique, his perspective on the state of the world unsurpassed by political scholars. I was so very proud to be a part of his extended family. I loved him and will miss him for all of my days left on this earth until I see him again on the other side

  • Ewing Family Posted August 15, 2016 5:29 pm

    Marilea, Edward & I & our boys send our condolences. We miss you & Perch & Chubby Buns. Will always remember how you both treated everyone as if you had known them all your life.
    Edward & Sharon Ewing
    Shawn Ewing, Chad Ewing

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