Mr. Nathaniel Bright was born May 29th 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina to the late Christopher and Lillian Simmons-Bright. He graduated from Colleton County High School in 1964. He was baptized in Greater Calvary A.M.E. Church early in his childhood. After graduation, he moved to New York where he was employed in the garment industry as a pattern cutter. During his employment there, he attended The Fashion Institute of Technology.
1965 he sent for and married the love of his life Gwendolyn. In 1970 they returned to Charleston, South Carolina to raise their new family. Before starting his own business (Spotless Carpet and Janitorial Service), he was employed by G.E.X. Dept. Stores as an appliance Dept Manager.
His passion was serving others in the community Jacksonboro, South Carolina. He started a men's baseball and women's softball team, sponsored numerous excursions and events involving the community.
In the early 90's, they moved and settled in Jacksonboro, where throughout the years he continued to work hard, travel and enjoy his family, especially his grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved wife and caregiver Gwendolyn Bright, Two sons, Darrel Washington (Pamela) of Jacksonboro, SC, Nathaniel Torrance Bright (Melissa) of Columbia SC, Three daughters, Jean Williams (Joseph) of Columbia SC, Denise Bright-Mitchell (Marvin) of Summerville, SC, Theresa Fishburne of Columbia SC; 17 grandchildren; 29 great grandchlidren; one brother Edward Bright (Patricia) of Goose Creek, SC, four sisters, Helen Bright-Backman (Sidney) of Summerville, SC, Wilhelmina Bright-Wright (Alfred) of Bloomingdale, GA, Mattie Bright-Green of Jacksonboro, SC, and Apostle Joyce Gordon of Ravenel, SC, sisters-in -law, Retha Porter; Inez Varner-Bright of Summerville, SC, Elizabeth Sawyer, of Jacksonboro, SC; brothers-in-law, Leroy Smalls, Ralph Smalls, Johnny Smalls, Donald Smalls all of Jacksonboro, SC, two uncles, Jake Hamilton (Melvina) of Johns Island, SC, and Edward Hamilton of Germany; one aunt, Louise Hamilton of Parkers Ferry, SC, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends.
He was also a "mentor" and father figure to, Lawrence Frasier, Soloman Frasier, Johnnie Green, Ricky Gilliard, Jerome Green, Donald Smalls, Vernon "Soup" Jenkins (deceased), and to his "special adopted" daughter Jametta Vanderhorst.
Preceded him in death was his grandmother, Patsy Deas, step-mother, Mrs Evelina Bright; Sisters, Ernestine Sumter, Vivian Carter; Brothers, Robert Porter, James, Christoper and Walter Bright; three brother-in-law, Horace Green; Willie Smalls and Stanley Smalls; one sister-in-law, Deborah "Debbie" Bright.
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