Alice Ray Piland Bridger

Published 8:52 pm Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Alice Ray Piland Bridger passed away May 24, 2016. She was born in Wilson, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Lula and Allen Ray Piland.

She is survived by her godparents, Curtis M. and Ivey Mae Holland; fiance, Rickey Akers; children, Angela Brownlee Hogan and husband, Steve, and Brian Christopher Bridger and wife, Kristen; grandchildren, Davis, Anderson, Ella, Blakely and Addison; siblings, Ricky Piland and spouse, Jeff, Frances E. Holland, Connie H. Klass and spouse, Kelly, Phyllis H. Thibodeau and spouse, Dave. She also left behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.

She was a member of Holland Baptist Church, where she taught the youth group and was in the bell choir for part of her younger years. She was majority member of the International Order of Job’s Daughters. Alice taught dancing and also was a dancer for many years with her daughter; she kept score and never missed a baseball game with her son, or any sporting event either of her children participated in. Her passion for sporting events started young and continued throughout her life. Her love for sports was contagious, and her children and other family members always enjoyed sharing in that with her. She was a true Redskins fan indeed. She treasured nothing more than spending time in Nags Head with her family and loved being on the beach.

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She enjoyed her last 11 years with her amazing true life partner, Rickey. She was his biggest fan and a true supporter of his drag racing events, which she truly loved. They also played pool and traveled every opportunity possible to visit her children, grandchildren and brother.

Holidays and special occasions were some of her favorite moments in life, and she was always the core of making those moments special for those she loved most. The memory of Alice would be that heaven gained an amazingly kind and giving soul. She will be greatly missed and always remembered by those who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will conducted on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 11 a.m. by Pastor Matthew Johnson in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk, followed by fellowship at Holland Baptist Church, 6519 Holland Road, Suffolk, VA. The family will receive friends in the funeral home for a time of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Condolences may be offered at