|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 2006|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 2012|
A LOVING TRIBUTE ♥¸.•*´¯♥
(¯`•♥•´¯)☆ ♥ FOR THIS,
☆ º ` `•.¸.•´ « ♥♥ SPECIAL
... ♫ ♥¸.•*´¯♥ ❤ ANGEL
♥ •●۰FOREVER MISSED۰●• ♥¸.•*´¯♥
Jersey Dianne Bridgeman, age 6, of Bentonville, departed this life Nov. 20, 2012.
She was born in Siloam Springs, AR. on Nov. 14, 2006 and was a kindergarten student at Sugar Creek Elementary in Bentonville, AR.
Survivors include her mother, DesaRae Bridgeman; a sister, Leah Dawn Bridgeman; her father, David Bridgeman and her stepmother, Jana Bridgeman, maternal grandparents, Rocky and Vickie Price of Bella Vista, AR.; great-grandparents, Walter and Janice Ball of Okean, Belle Price of Mountain View, AR.; uncles, Neil Summers (Regina James), Nathan Fairbanks, Dustin Fairbanks, Thomas Bridgeman, Mike Bridgeman; aunts, Jennifer Rollins (Tommy) and Candice Sims (David).
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Rollins Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow in Bentonville Cemetery, Bentonville, AR.
╰ღ╮As you can see from the pictures of Jersey her favorite color is purple╭ღ╯
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Jersey was reported missing Tuesday morning, November 20, 2012. Her body was found in a nearby vacant house about 10 minutes after police arrived and began a house to house search for her.
Police said they're investigating her death as a homicide, but they have not said how the girl died or released the names of any suspects as of today, Nov. 25, 2012.
Jersey's parents, David Bridgeman, and her stepmother, Jana Bridgeman are currently serving prison terms for false imprisonment, permitting abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. The father admitted to chaining his daughter to a dresser with a belt last year. The girl was chained to a dresser with a silver chain and what appeared to be a dog collar. The chain was approximately one to two feet in length and appeared to be a dog choke collar.
NW ARK TIMES 11-25-2012
Heaven is brighter with this new soul joining the family already there.¸¸♥
★ ° ☾ ☆ ¸. ¸ ★ :. • ○ ° ★ . * . .. • ○ ° ★ . • ○ ° ★ ° . • ★ ° . . ☾ °☆ . * ● ¸ . ★ ° :. . • ○ ° ★ Jersey • ★ ° . . ☾ °☆. * . . ° . ● . ° ☾ ° ☆ ¸. ● . ★ Daughter ★ ° ☾ ☆ ¸. ¸ ★ :. . • ○ ° ★ . * . . ¸ . ° ★ ¸.Granddaughter * ● ¸ . ° Sister ☾ ° ¸. ● ¸ . ★ ° . • ° . . ¸ . ● ¸ ★ ★ ☾ ° ★ . . ° ☆ . ● ¸ . ★ ° . • ○ ° ★ . * . ☾ ° Niece ¸. * ● ¸ ° ☾ ° ☆ . * ¸. ★ ° . • ★ ° . . ☾ ° ☆ Friend. * ● ¸ . ★ ° :. . • ○ ° . * . . ° . ● . ° ☾ °
˜"*°•. L♥√Ƹ ♥ L♥√Ƹ .•°*"˜
"For everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under Heaven:
a time to be born, a time to die,
a time to plant, a time to uproot,
a time to weep, a time to laugh,
a time to grieve, a time to dance"
~ King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 3)
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Don't Cry for me...
If you could only see where I'm at now, you wouldn't cry for me. All of Heavens Angels met me when I arrived and I was met by Jesus with a loving embrace. I walked side by side with old friends and family alike. Don't cry for me because here there is no trace of sickness or sadness only His loving Grace. The beauty is beyond words and nothing I could say would compare. Don't cry for me because I am in a far better place, with streets of gold just like we were told. So please remember don't cry for me but rather rejoice for I can hear angels sing. Oh, how much peace their voices bring.
by John G. Ward & Matthew E
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♥*•.¸ When they walk through the valley of weeping it will become a place of springs where pools of blessing and refreshment collect after rains ¸.•*♥ Psalms 84:6
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You can shed tears that I am gone.
Or you can smile because I lived.
You can close your eyes
and pray that I will come back
Or you can open your eyes
and see all that I left.
Your heart can be empty
because you can't see me
Or you can be full
of the love we shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow
and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow
because of yesterday.
You can remember me
and only that I am gone
Or you can cherish my memory
and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what I'd want:
smile, open your eyes,
love and go on.
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`*.¸.* ´* Special Loved One *´¯`•.¸¸. ♥
(I am going to update Jersey's memorial as more information becomes available. Her life and death are memorialized here, as shall be the justice we seek for her. bjv)
By Associated Press,
Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 7:52 PM
BENTONVILLE, AR. — A 6-year-old Arkansas girl who was the victim in an abuse case last year and was found dead this past week in a vacant house in her neighborhood was suffocated and apparently raped, authorities said in a court document released Wednesday.
Jersey Bridgeman died of asphyxia or lack of oxygen, and physical evidence also showed signs of her being sexually assaulted, according to the document.
Zachary Holly, a 28-year-old neighbor accused of killing Jersey, appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since his Monday arrest. Holly, his arm shaking, listened as rape was added to the list of other charges he faces: capital murder, kidnapping and residential burglary.
Holly was ordered held without bond and assigned a public defender. Formal charges will be filed sometime before his next court date, scheduled for Jan. 7, 2013.
He didn't say anything to reporters as officers escorted him to and from the courtroom in Bentonville, AR., a community about 215 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Jersey's death comes after a short life marred by abuse. Last year, her father, David Bridgeman, and stepmother, Jana Bridgeman, were arrested for chaining her to a dresser in their home in the nearby town of Rogers, AR.
David Bridgeman told investigators that he restrained the girl to keep her from getting into medication and other things in the house.
He is serving an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in June to false imprisonment, permitting the abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. The stepmother is serving a 12-year sentence, plus three years for a probation revocation, after pleading guilty to the same charges.
Last week, Jersey's body was found in a vacant house adjacent to Holly's and two doors down from where the girl lived with her mother. Investigators have said they believe she was killed earlier that day, Nov. 20.
The night before her body was found, Jersey had been next door, where Holly and his wife, Amanda Holly, would often baby-sit Jersey and her younger sister, according to the court document.
The document said Jersey's mother, DesaRae Bridgeman, told police she went next door to visit the couple after she came home from work around 11 p.m. on Nov. 19.
"Afterwards, Zachary Holly carried Jersey home to DesaRae's house, while DesaRae carried Jersey's younger sister, and they placed the two children in the same bed," Bentonville Detective Sgt. Kris Moffit wrote in the court document.
When DesaRae Bridgeman woke up the next morning, Jersey was missing from the bed where her 2-year-old sister was still sleeping, the court document said.
DesaRae Bridgeman looked around the house and then asked Zachary and Amanda Holly to help her before calling 911 to report Jersey missing, according to the court document.
Police searched the Bridgeman and Holly homes before an officer noticed the back door of a nearby vacant house was open. Officers entered the house and found the child's body.
During an interview with authorities that day, Zachary Holly denied having anything to do with Jersey's disappearance or death, police said in the court document. They said he was cooperative and agreed to give detectives swabs of his cheek for DNA tests.
He also agreed to give detectives the clothes he wore the night before Jersey's body was found, according to the court document.
Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson didn't immediately return a phone message left Wednesday. Prosecutor Van Stone and public defender Jay Saxton declined to comment after Holly's hearing.
No one answered the door Tuesday at the mobile home where police say Holly and his wife lived, but Amanda Holly's family issued a statement through a lawyer Wednesday asking for privacy.
"Jersey was a very sweet girl who our children and grandchildren considered their best friend. Because of this, we ask for privacy. The children in our family are not dealing well with the loss of their friend," the family said.
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Maintained by: Beverly Joe Vaughn
Originally Created by: L Bruns
Record added: Nov 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101047927