Jeffery Berkley Pridgen

  • Born: October 9, 1962
  • Died: September 6, 2013
  • Location: Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation Services

3131 Martin Luther King Drive
PO Box 3150
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Tel. (910) 645-2600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jeffery Berkley Pridgen, age 50 of Elizabethtown, died Friday, September 6, 2013. He is survived by his parents, Berkley and Eleanor Bigford Pridgen; two sons, Dalton Pridgen of Elizabethtown and Josh Marshburn of White Lake; two daughters, Jessica Pridgen of Elizabethtown and Berkleigh Pridgen of Wilmington; a sister, Cynthia P. Shaw and husband Leon of Elizabethtown; a niece, Afton Shaw of Elizabethtown; and a special Aunt, Perneil Gerganeous and daughters, Heather and Robin.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. Services will be conducted on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Centerville Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Ryan Carter, Rev. Randy Andrews, and Rev. Dale Taylor. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Kelly.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Jeffery really made a difference in our brief friendship of 2 years! He always had a smile for us when he came by the Elections Office! What I will miss the most is the little "ride-bys" at the office. He would not always stop & get out-but just ride by & smile & wave at us-or holler that he loved his "sissy"! He was not ashamed in any way to hide his feelings for his Sister, Cynthia! To me that meant so very much! I'm sure the Lord has made a way for him to do "ride-bys" in Heaven driving his FORDS :) Gina

Posted by Gina P Ward - Kelly, NC - Friend   October 16, 2013


I knew Jeffery for over 20 years.He leaves behind so many wonderful
friends whose lives are forever touched by his.
I am especially proud of the time he took with Nathan Carrol after Ricky
left us.Ricky was my cousin and friend.
For all of you who loved Jeffery,let all of the memories of him carry you
until we hear the trumpets in the eastern sky.......
Jeffrey Bryan
White Oak,NC

Posted by Jeffrey Bryan - White Oak, NC - friend   September 30, 2013


May God bless all of his family and friends.
Memories are forever...

Posted by Jeffery Bryan - White Oak, NC   September 30, 2013

Just heard about Jeffery's passing last night. Met Jeffery years ago when my daddy was logging and Jeffery was driving truck. Jeffery was a dear friend with the ability to bring a smile to your face.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Regina Freeman and Family

Posted by Regina Freeman - Shallotte, NC - friend   September 24, 2013

Berkley, Mrs. Eleanor, and Cynthia, I was so sorry to hear of Jeffery's passing. He was just a great guy, and he will be missed by so many. I have fond memories of talking junk with him about everyday at the Texaco. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Posted by Jamie Thompson - Elizabethtown, NC - friend   September 19, 2013

I will always remember Jeffery ,he was a good man to work for. I was a contractor for him for about two years.his family is in my prayers. Kennie Johnson

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2013

To Jeffrey,
I am so thankful that you came into Woody's Grill to has been 30 some years of love, laughter and memories! I will never forget your genuine nature to love, care & help others in need. After Ricky died, you took Nathan in as your own. Taking the time to take him fishing, cooking for him and even letting him stay with you last spring. I will never forget the time I came home this summer and you were standing in the kitchen making Shepards Pie for us all! I know when you got to Heaven...Ricky was rested up so he could pick on you! I will never forget you Country Bear!
To Berkley, Eleanor & Cynthia,
I am praying for you daily and I know your hearts are empty without Jeffrey...but there will come a day that we will be united with him again. Keep the memories close and remember all that he did to make you laugh. I love you, Dana (as he called me)

Posted by Deanna Carroll - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   September 13, 2013

Berkley and Eleanor, Words cannot express the sadness in my heart for the loss in your family.
God will grant you peace with this one day and the pain will ease some. You will never forget him.

He will be missed by all.

Brenda Fritz

Posted by Brenda Robinson Fritz - Charlotte, NC - Friend, Cousin   September 12, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Alisa Lennon - Riegelwood, NC   September 11, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Stewart Brown - Wilmington, NC - Friend   September 11, 2013

A Memorial Gift has been presented to Godwin Heights Baptist Church in memory of Jeffrey B. Pridgen by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gibson, 315 Barker Ten Mile Road, Lumberton, NC 28358. This gift will be acknowledged in our weekly bulletin.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2013

We are sorry to hear about your loss.God bless your family.You will be in my prayers.

Posted by DAVID EARL AND ROSE MOORE VERNON - currie, NC - friend   September 10, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned of Jeffrey's death today. Please know that we will be praying for all of you. There was never a time that Jeffrey didn't make us smile...or quite frankly, laugh. He loved life, and we will miss him.

Posted by Brian and Anita Willington - Elizabethtown, NC - Friends   September 10, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss, Jeffery was a good friend and about 15 years ago when I moved back to NC from being in the military. I ran into Jeffery at my dads apartments, with Pait Real Estate. We had got to talking and he said that they were looking for a mechanic at R.W. Moore Equipment Co. He put a good word in for me and I have been with them ever since. I went out a few times over the years and worked on his logging eqipment. He was always willing to help me in anyway he could. I'm so sorry i did,nt find out til late to pay my respects. He will be greatly missed. May Christ be with you in this troubled time. The family will be in my prayers. Sincerely yours....... David N Pait

Posted by David N Pait - Bladenboro, NC - Friend   September 10, 2013

Dear Cynthia and family,
I am so very saddened at the passing of dear Jeff. I just want you to know that you are in my prayers and that God will give you comfort but you will still feel the pain and loss of him, it's human nature. Jeff was such a dear sweet person that could always make me smile. I used to always tell him he had a 27 acre body and we would laugh, this started years and years ago but it was our on going joke. It was a privilege to know big Jeff. I will miss his big smile.

In Christian Love,

Donna Gause Cavedo

Posted by donna cavedo - Wilmington,, NC - friend   September 10, 2013

To the Pridgen Family,
Take comfort in knowing that your burden of sorrow is lessened when shared with others who care.
We knew Jeffery by being in the Trucking and Logging Industry. Jeffery will surely be missed by all that knew him.

Posted by Tony & Susan Caines - Riegelwood, NC - acquaintances   September 10, 2013


You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time of loss and sorrow. May God comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

Posted by Lorie Moore Floyd - Atkinson, NC   September 10, 2013


So very sorry for your lose. We here at Sampson Bladen have you in our thoughts & Prayers.May God keep you in his love at this time..

Posted by Glenda B. Smith - Elizabethtown, NC - friend   September 09, 2013

Mr. Berkleigh, Ms Eleanor & Cynthia....My prayer is for God to comfort and give you strength in the days ahead. Jeffery was a good man and he was loved by alot of people. We will miss his big smile and hugs....Niki and family

Posted by Niki Dennis - Elizabethtown, NC - friend   September 09, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May God bless you with peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Missy & Keith Daniel - Kelly, NC - Commnity Friend   September 09, 2013


Eleanor, Berkley and Cynthia,

I just read the text from Karen today, telling me the news. I cannot tell you how very sorry I am. Since I read the message my mind has been filled with memories of Jeffrey as a young child and a young man. He was so full of mischief and love back then and that's the only Jeffrey I knew. The world is worse off for having lost him.

My heart breaks for you. Great loss changes you in ways we can never know until we experience it. There is no good way to say goodbye to someone you love deeply, and truthfully, we cannot. We can only look forward to the day we will see them again.

I love you guys. I never stopped loving you. You will be in my prayers through this valley, I promise.

Posted by Brenda Briggs - Raleigh, NC - Aunt   September 09, 2013


So sorry for your loss, Jeffrey was such a kind hearted, and giving person, and will truly be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers to the family during this time, and the days ahead.

Posted by Shannon Lewis Ventura - Elizabethtown, NC   September 09, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Jeffery. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Twyla Raynor Clarke - Fredericksburg, VA   September 09, 2013

Dear Family, We are so sorry for the passing of Jeffery. We send our prayers and love to all of you. In the weeks to come, our hope is that your pain and tears will turn to laughter as you share the many, many memories he left for all of us.

Posted by Bill and Linda Jones - Elizabethtowm, NC - friend   September 09, 2013


Cynthia, Mr. Berkley, Mrs.Eleanor

Remembering with you, the life of Jeffery who was so dear to we who knew and loved him. May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Wishing you hope and peace in this sad season. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please know how much you are loved and how deeply your loss is felt.

Posted by Charles and Ann Guyton - Bladenboro, NC - Friend   September 09, 2013

Dear Family: We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Jeffery. We pray for peace and comfort for each one of you now and in the months ahead.

Posted by David and Marcia deAndrade - Elizabethtown, NC   September 08, 2013

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this storm in your life of the loss of Jeffery. May God you grant you peace as you cherish memories. Johnny and Marguerite Coble

Posted by Margueriite Coble - Garland, NC   September 08, 2013


Jeff, I will miss you just in passing by. You were always so nice to me. Berkley, you and your family will be in my prayers. Maybe I will see you @ Meltons in the near future.

Posted by Gwendolyn Guyton - Bladenboro, NC - Friend of Jeff   September 08, 2013

Sending love and prayers for comfort for your family. I will always remember you and your wonderful smile and all the good times we shared back in high school.

Posted by Lori Lewis - Fayetteville, NC   September 08, 2013


Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God comfort and bless you!

Posted by Cathy Odom - White Lake, NC - friend   September 08, 2013

Praying that your family comforts you, your faith makes you strong and that loving memories help you smile again. Please know that my prayes are with you.

Kim Metts Beal

Posted by Kim Metts Beal - Charlotte, NC - friend   September 08, 2013

So sorry for your lose. May God fill your heart with His love.

Posted by Cindy Vestal - Ivanhoe, NC - friendly   September 08, 2013

So sorry to hear about Jeffrey-may the Lord comfort you in the days to come. Love and prayers for your family.

Posted by Dale and Freda White - Elizabethtown, NC - friend   September 08, 2013

Mr. Berkley, Mrs. Eleanor & Family,

I am sorry to hear of Jefrrey's passing. I will be remembering you all in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Sherry Norris Reeves - Hampstead, NC - friend   September 08, 2013



Posted by MELISSA , GREG TATUM AND FAMILY    September 08, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of Jeffrey's sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family!

Posted by Alton, Patrica and Ross Johnson - NC   September 08, 2013


To all the family,
Words cannot express the sorrow that I feel for each of you at this difficult time. I pray for peace in your hearts! My family has been in your shoes and it is hard but it will get easier as each day passes. Jefrrey has been such a long time friend to so many people and he will surely be missed. My brother and Jeffrey will reunite again.

Posted by Marcia McCall Bustos - Hope Mills, NC - Friend   September 08, 2013


My deepest condolences to the family Jeffrey left behind. Jeffrey was a good guy, he came from a family that's dear to my heart. Prayers for you all that God will comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by Jeanene Todd Green - Bladenboro, NC - Friend   September 08, 2013

You s*ck! Left us like this.. But I know it wasnt by choice.. Im sure youre better off than us.. You ran your road.. Ours is next.. Gonna miss you to death big buddy! Tell Jesus to quit makin Fords! I'll se you on the other side buddy! RIP

Posted by Tommy Moore - E-Town, NC - Close High School Friend   September 08, 2013

May God give you all peace and bring comfort to you during this difficult time.

Posted by Gail Andrews - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   September 07, 2013

Dear Family Members: It is with such sorrow that we learn of the sudden death of Jeffery. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God grant you strength and comfort as you adjust to life without your loved one. With our sincere sympathy to each of you.
Wilford and Faye Hardin

Posted by Faye M. Hardin - Elizabethtown, NC   September 07, 2013


Our prayers goes up for each & everyone of you.May God cradle you all during this time of loss.For each and every precious memory of Jeffrey will be the comfort that helps you, and just blesses your heart. Virgil & Faye McDuffie

Posted by Virgil & Faye McDuffie - Council, NC - family   September 07, 2013


Our prayers goes up for the entire family.For all the hugs, that mischievious little smile that Jeffrey had, and let's not forget the never ending humor, those are wonderful memories that his friends and family will treasure forever. May Gods comfort cradle you all at this time.

Posted by Virgil & Faye Mcduffie - Council, NC - family   September 07, 2013


Our prayers are with you all at this time.God bless.

Posted by Oscar & Nancy Faircloth - dublin, NC - friend   September 07, 2013