December 10, 1941 – November 4, 2022
Geraldine Ridge Bagwell, age 80, peacefully passed away on November 4, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana following a brief illness. A private ceremony will be held to spread Gerry’s ashes in her beloved hometown of Hickory Tavern, South Carolina.
Gerry and her family moved from Laurens, South Carolina to Ruston, Louisiana in 1968. Gerry loved the outdoors and spending time working in her yard on Lake Claiborne. She enjoyed living a simple life at home playing her piano. Gerry loved reminiscing about her childhood, her heritage and visiting with her family. She was always up for telling stories over a cup of coffee and a “Little Debbie” cake.
She was preceded in death by her father Wayne Washington Ridge, mother Maggie Turner Ridge, brother Warren Burrell Ridge, and sister Emily Ridge Smeal.
She is survived by her treasured sons Russell Bagwell (Lane), Tim Bagwell (Kristina), and Travis Bagwell. Known as “Grandma Gerry” she has four grandchildren, Haley Bagwell Lewis (Morgan), Brandon Parker Bagwell, Maggie Bagwell Bell (Andrew), and Mollie Kay Bagwell.
Gerry is survived by her sister Barbara Ridge Elgin, brother Gary Wayne Ridge, sister Susan Ridge Schofield and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Turner/Ridge Families in South Carolina.
The family would like to thank the CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center nurses, doctors, and hospice for their care and compassion.