Patton 'Pat' Bright, 72, of Church Hill, Hawkins Co TN after struggling with his illness with courage and dignity went to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, August 20, 2008 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Dorchester, Wise Co VA and lived the majority of his life in Church Hill, TN. He retired from the Kingsport Press as a pressman with 27 years of service. Following retirement, Pat loved to go fishing and to spend time with his animals. He was a true people person, never meeting a stranger. He was often mistaken as being the "Real" Santa Claus. Mr. Bright was a member of State Line Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2002, Glenna Bright; his parents, Sidney and Gladys Stanifer Bright; his sister, Louise Price Harvey; along with an infant sister, Ruby Bright.
Pat Bright is survived by his children, Patty Newland and her husband, David, Gray, TN, Sidney Bright and his wife, Robin, Montverde, FL, Donna Bright and Bill Frost, Church Hill, TN; grandchildren, Daniel Frost, Tyler Bright, Caleb Bright and Amy Grubb; a great granddaughter, Alexis Newland; his special friend, Mike Scott along with several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2008, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill, or friends may call anytime at the residence, 109 Ashwood Court in Church Hill. A funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2008 in the funeral home chapel with his dear friends, Dr. Tony Gonzalez and Dr. Ed Dillow officiating.
A graveside service will follow the funeral service on Saturday at Morning Star Church Cemetery. Mike Scott, Jeff Byington, Donnie Wallen, Jerry Burkhart, Jacob 'Red' Blankenbecler and Frank Gladson will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Morning Star Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Margaret Livesay, 623 Morning Star Road, Church Hill, TN 37642.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill is serving the Bright family.