Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, November l3, l924
ALONZO BRIGHT, a well-known citizen of Leon, dropped dead on the sidewalk near the Presbyterian Church about 5 o'clock last Saturday evening. MR. BRIGHT had been up town, appearing in his usual health, and was on his way home at the time, and had just spoken to Miss Lulu Craigo, who he met, when he was attacked by a fit of coughing and dropped to the sidewalk. Help was summoned at once, but he had passed away, his death being due to heart trouble.
ALONZO WILLIAM BRIGHT was born in Gallia County, Ohio, June 24, l848, and died in Leon, Iowa, November 8, l924, aged 76 years, 4 months and l4 days.
He was the only child of STEPHEN BRIGHT and JANE (SHIELDS) BRIGHT. Being left motherless when but a few hours old, he was adopted into the family of his uncle and aunt, JACOB and MARIA BRIGHT and by them raised as their child. With his parents he came to Wapello County, Iowa, in l852, and to Decatur County in l856, where he has since made his home with the exception of two years in Mercer County, Missouri and two years in California. He was a member of the Advent Christian Church.
June l7, l877, he was united in marriage to MARY E. HARMON of Decatur County, Iowa. To this union were born three children; EVERETT, ERNEST and EDITH, who survive him, his wife having died in l889.
He leaves to mourn his passing, three children, DR. E.A. BRIGHT, of Brighton, Colorado; ERNEST A. BRIGHT, of Indianola, Iowa; and EDITH ATEN, of Leon, Iowa; two grandchildren, EDITH and MADELEINE, daughters of ERNEST A. BRIGHT; two sisters, NANCY COZAD, of Leon, Iowa; EMALINE HINDS, of Glencoe, Oklahoma; a half-brother, J.S. BRIGHT, of Leon, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
He will be missed by all who knew him, who remember his jovial disposition; his ability to look on the brighter side of things, and his quiet, conscientious and helpful life.
Funeral services were conducted in the home of his niece, MISS IDA BRIGHT, Monday afternoon by J.E. Habliston, Pastor of Leon Methodist Episcopal Church. Interment in the Meek Cemetery.
A CARD -- We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the many kind friends who by their acts and sympathy did so much for us in our sad bereavement.
MR. and MRS. RUSSELL ATEN,
MR. and MRS. ERNEST A. BRIGHT,
DR. and MRS. E.A. BRIGHT,
MISS IDA BRIGHT.
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