David Preston Bridgwaters

July 22, 1937September 30, 2020

David “Preston” Bridgwaters, age 83, of Bloomington passed away at his residence Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Born July 22, 1937 in Bloomington, he was the second of nine children born to Albert Louis and Buena Mae “Elizabeth” (Eagleson) Bridgwaters. Preston attended elementary school at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. After graduating from Bloomington High School, class of 1955, he attended Indiana University where he played both basketball and football on the freshman teams. In 1956, he transferred to Compton Junior College, in California, where he played football and the team played in the National Junior Rose Bowl. In 1960, he married Mary “Maxine” Chandler, his high school sweetheart, to whom he was married for 47 years. Starting in 1966, Preston worked in the telecommunications industry for about 34 years employed by Western Electric, AT&T, Alcatel and Lucent Technologies where he retired October 1, 2001. As a lifetime resident of Bloomington, he received the Monroe County Unsung Hero Award in 2010 and in 2017, he received a proclamation from the Mayor, declaring July 22, 2017, David Preston Bridgwaters Day. Preston donated his resources to and served as a volunteer for numerous community organizations and projects, primarily serving as a strong advocate for youth and for the interest of the Near Westside Community. In response to his generous donation of land, a building was named in his honor. As a highly skilled electrician, he volunteered his expertise to countless churches and friends. He was an active participant in 2nd Baptist Church. Preston is survived by three daughters, Angela “Lynn” (Kermit) Billups, of Maryland; Mary “Cherron” Waters and Catherine “Renee” (Vernon) Carter, both of Bloomington and two sons, David and Albert Bridgwaters, of Bloomington. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Preston was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one daughter, Tammula Bridgwaters and two brothers, Louis and Jack Bridgwaters. Friends may visit the family on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home; 4150 E. Third St. Due to CoVid19 restrictions, a private family service will occur on Saturday where the Second Baptist Church will be livestreaming the service on their Facebook page starting at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be given at


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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    Saturday, October 10, 2020


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Bishop William McCoy

October 22, 2020

Bro. Bridgewater will Certainly be Missed. He was a Great Friend... Donated to My Church (Anointed Harvest Fellowship Church) . Bro Bridgewater Always would Catch My Attention and Say “ How you doing Rev. McCoy...Keep up the Good Work “...He was a Consistent Encourager of Clergy and People in General...I Truly miss Him Already...” Rest On Heaven Bro Bridgewater, We’ll Fellowship Later” .. Great Man !!! In His Love, Bishop William McCoy

Dr. Norman C. Merrifield

October 18, 2020

The Merrifield family was so sorry to hear about the passing of Preston. A very special man who was well respected by all.
The entire Bridgewater Family are in our thoughts. God bless.

Norman Terry

October 10, 2020

I will miss Preston didn't get to see him much only when I came back to Indiana I always look to see if he if he was on the porch across the street and we'd always have a little visit. I know he was always there to help my mama and others on 7th Street. Sorry I couldn't make it up to say goodbye love you all and God Bless Norman Terry

Tamara Loewenthal

October 9, 2020

So sorry to hear of Preston's passing. I walk our neighborhood daily and for years, on these outings, Preston and I would exchange friendly greetings. He was a stalwart on our block and I will really miss his presence.

Joe Loop

October 9, 2020

My condolences to the Bridgwater family. Preston was my friend for 70+ years. I am so sorry to lose him. We didn't see each other often but every time was a pleasure. He was a wonderful human being. Jack and I were in the same grade and we had a great time together. Louis was a role model for me during high school.I owe much to the Bridgwater family. Growing up and coming to the Bridgwater's house to play and hang out was always a fun and wonderful time. Elizabeth taught me much and we were friends until she passed. You are a great family and I wish the best to all of you.

Joan Middendorf

October 9, 2020

Family was everything to Mr. Bridgwaters, who was a model for the westside community. He always had a kind word for everyone. We will miss him.
Joan Middendorf and Nick, Loraine, and Bethany White

Kim Paulk

October 7, 2020

Mr. Bridgewater was a very refined man with a love of family that was obvious. His representation of the Westside community will not be duplicated.

Peggy Gudal Newton

October 6, 2020

Preston was a fine man. I got to know him because his grandson , Chris was at my house a lot . He loved his family and did all he could for them. I lived on the west side for many years. He will be missed there too. Rest In Peace

Julie Hays

October 5, 2020

Such a great man, loved his family very much. Always enjoyed talking to him when he shopped in my Grandma’s Grocery Store (Hays Market) Preston was one of the many most faithful customers we had all the way up till it closed. He will be missed.

Tina Kyles

October 5, 2020

Mr. Preston was such a kind gentle person, soft spoken and always had a smile on his face. We will miss waving to him as he sat on the porch. He and Sylvester had many laughs together. Our families go a long way back. You all took such excellent care of him and he was so blessed to be loved so much. Take comfort in knowing that he is now in heaven with your mother. We love the Bridgewaters family so much!
Sylvester and Tina Kyles (Duerson), Harold Duerson, James (Bert) O’bannon and The Vernada White (Johnson) family. ❤️


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