Born July 30, 1937, in Brazil, he was the son of William Jasper and Norma Elizabeth Steele Bridgewater. He was united in marriage to Carole Ann Rollo on July 20, 1958.
Sonny worked as a truck driver for Wabash Fibre Box Company in Terre Haute for 37 years. His favorite pastime was to be with his family, whom he adored. He enjoyed watching his boys play ball and loved hearing his family sing gospel music. He was a member of the Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parent, mother-in-law Gladys Linnabary and father-in-law Joseph Rollo.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 49 years Carole Ann; five children, Julia Maurey and husband Ron, Brazil, Jeff Bridgewater and wife Donna, Brazil, Jim Bridgewater and wife Sandy, Brazil, Bob Bridgewater and wife Michelle, Clay City, and Ron Bridgewater and wife Stacey, Columbus, Ind.; 12 grandchildren, David Maurey, Elizabeth Maurey, Rebecca Maurey, all of Brazil, Libby Dupin and husband Matt, Seelyville, Erin Nees and husband Shane, Brazil, Andy Bridgewater, Indianapolis, Taylor Bridgewater, Brazil, Travis Bridgewater, Tyler Bridgewater, of Clay City, Nick Bridgewater, Garrett Bridgewater, Columbus, Ind., Nikki Ison and Jesse, Brazil; four great-grandchildren, Camaren Nees, Brazil, Kaylee Dupin, Seelyville, and Amelia and Arleigh Ison, both of Brazil; five sisters, Charlotte Hays and husband Earl, Terre Haute, Beverly Airhart and Vickie Earlywine, all of Brazil; step-father and mother-in-law Myron and Leona Linnabary, Terre Haute; brother-in-law Tom Rollo and fiancée Joyce and special friends Glenn and Marge Jones and a large extended family.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home with Ansil Harpold officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation is f rom 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and before services Wednesday.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church, 10100 N. Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.