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    In 1926 Bridges-McDorman Funeral Home was founded in Athens, GA by Mr. D. Weaver Bridges and Mr. Clyde McDorman, the son of John McDorman and Irene “Rena” Peeler McDorman. Shortly after the opening, Dorsey Funeral Home, in Athens, was purchased and incorporated into Bridges-McDorman Funeral Home.  Dorsey Funeral Home was founded in 1884 and was last located in the Moses Waddell Home which is presently part of the First Presbyterian Church.

In 1939, Mr. Hugh Peeler of Athens, GA began working for the funeral home while attending the University of Georgia, and found his passion. After serving our country during World War II, Mr. Peeler returned to work at the funeral home. In the late 1940's Mr. Bridges and Mr. McDorman parted ways and the firm became Bridges Funeral Home. After Mr. Bridge's death in 1957, Mr. Peeler partnered with John Renka, son-n-law of Mr. Bridges, and eventually purchased the business from the family. Hugh devoted his life to serving the community he had grown up in. He truly loved and enjoyed working until his last day.

Hugh passed away in August 2011 at the age of 90. At that time, Terry Peeler , son of the late Hugh Peeler took over and continued the great legacy until August 1,2017.

On August 1,2017 the business was purchased by David and Katina Batts. The name officially became Batts and Bridges Funeral Home. David T. Batts has been rendering family care in the funeral service industry since August 2000. The legacy of caring for your loved ones, celebrating, caring, and cherishing families continues here at Batts and Bridges just as it has for almost one hundred years!

David T. Batts' credibility includes that of being a former instructor of Embalming and Restorative Arts at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. Batts has also held office on the local and state levels in the Georgia Funeral Service Practicioner's Association, Inc. The positions include being the chairperson of the 7th District, State Chaplain, Convention Chairperson, and member of National Funeral Service Directors and Mortician Association , Inc.

The Batts family prides itself in serving all humanity. Their goal is to create a wonderful memory picture that will remain long after the funeral and memorial services of your loved one have been completed!



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