Date May 3, 2007
For More Information, Contact: Brenda J. Rayner (901) 333-4247 / Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
75 Year Old Retiree
Graduates from Southwest
On January 3, 1995, after 28 years of
devoted and dedicated service to the United States Bankruptcy Court,
Bernice Bridgeforth, affectionately known to her friends as “Bonnie,”
retired. Pouring her energies in pursuit of her life long goal to become
a college graduate, Bonnie will hold her dream in her hands on May 19,
2007 when she marches across the stage to receive an Associate of
Science degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Widowed, mother of two and proud grandmother, Bridgeforth is an active civic and church leader. She has been a member of Mt. Pisgah Church for more than 50 years serving on numerous local boards and as secretary of the District Stewardess Counsel and member of the Board of Christian Education. She organized the Barton Heights community Neighborhood Watch in 1985, where she continues to serve as president. She is a member of the counsel of the South Precinct Citizen Police Department and a recent graduate of the Citizens Police Academy.
Bridgeforth supports her alma Mata, Booker T. Washington as courtesy treasurer for the Class of 1948 and serves as treasurer of the Henderson Business College Alumni Association. Her other community endeavors include support to the Orange Mound Day Care Center, volunteering at Seek for the Old Path Homeless Shelter and mentoring at Westhaven School once a week every month.
Bridgeforth fondly shares her motto with
listeners, “I came, I saw and I conquered.”