Elder Henry Harry Bright was born November 10, 1927, in Walterboro, South Carolina, to the late Jake and Jelaney Siders Bright. He was called home to his eternal reward Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
Elder Bright was educated in the Colleton County School System. In the 40’s, he enlisted in the Air Force and was a World War II Era veteran. He had an interest in woodworking at an early age and during his tenure in the service, his occupation was in cabinetry and construction. He was stationed at many different places including Ft. Jackson, SC, Biloxi, MS, Sioux City, IA, and Morocco, North Africa. Elder Bright was proud of his service to his country and enjoyed his travels. He also thoroughly enjoyed being treated to an Honor Flight to DC.
In 1964, Elder Bright married Letha Mae Koger of Hendersonville, SC, and to this union two children were born. Upon his return to civilian life, he started “HH Bright Do-All Cabinet Shop”. Elder Bright could build just about anything in wood and built cabinets and constructed homes throughout the county and neighboring communities. Besides carpentry, Elder Bright was also proficient in painting, roofing, cement finishing and was a brick mason and licensed electrician. In the 80’s and 90’s he was employed with Coward Hund Construction of Charleston, SC.
In his youth Elder Bright joined St. James Holiness Church where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He served as a Deacon for many years and in the 90’s he was called to the ministry of the Gospel. He was a member of Starlight Gospel Church in Walterboro.
Elder Bright had a love for photography and painting. After retirement, his artwork was featured at the Colleton Museum.
Elder Bright was preceded in death by his parents; his wife - Letha Mae Bright; siblings: Lee Arthur Bright, Jake David Bright and Rebecca Bright; a daughter - Sarah Middleton. Left to cherish his memories are daughters: Juanita Bright-Ferguson of Jacksonville, FL; Leslie (Kevin) Ray of Bluffton, SC; Gloria Jean (Ellis) Riley of McDonough, GA; and Jeannette (Stephon) Scott of Charleston, SC; Grands: Ashlei, Vinetta, Shaneika, Chandler, Sterling, Caland, Zarrin, Jolen and Christian; Great grands: Zaiden, Zamaria and Karen; a brother-in-law – William Clayton of Fayetteville, NC; a sister-in-law – Gladys Cassidy of Greenville, SC; two “sons”: Charles Henry Brown and Vincent Ferguson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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