Charles Bright Jr., 77, of Comanche went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 9, 2010. Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Heartland Chapel, officiated by Bro. Jay McDaniel. Interment, with full military honors, will follow at the Garden of Memories of De Leon, Texas. Pallbearers for Mr. Bright will be the United States Army Honors Detail; Honorary Pallbearers, Eugene Perkins, Larry Perkins, Bennie Williams, Todd Franke, Glynn Penson, and Buddy McCorkle. The family will receive friends from 5 t6o 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Charles was born March 25, 1933, in Fort Riley, Junction City, Kan., to Charlie and Cleo (Johnson) Bright Sr. After graduation from high school, he completed his freshman year in college but decided the military was what he wanted. He joined the United States Army and made a career of serving his country. Charles served in the Korean Conflict and attended school at Letterman Medical in San Francisco, Calif. Charles retired with 30 years active duty and the grade of E7; he was a Medic with the Special Forces. Other tours of duty included Germany and Vietnam. He was awarded numerous medals for his service including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korean), the Combat Infantry Badge & Combat Medical Badge, the Purple Heart, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and one 1 Silver Service Star, and the Bronze Star Medal Army Commendation Medal.
After retirement from the Army, Charles began working as Security Detail for the Texas Youth Correction (TYC) facility at Brownwood. He was the first man to be placed in charge of the girl’s dorm at the facility. It was at TYC that Charles met the future Essie Bright where she was a teacher. They were married Dec. 25, 1987, in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Following retirement from TYC, Charles and Essie moved to Comanche where they had a house built next to friends at the Par Village Golf Club. Charles greatly enjoyed playing golf, traveling, and woodworking before becoming sick. Charles was a Baptist and the Brights attended Faith Baptist Church in Brownwood.
Charles is survived by his wife of 22 years, Essie; sons, Maurice Bright and LaRue Bright of Denver, Colo., Anthony Bright of Gainesville, Fla.; daughter, Valera Bright of Denver, Colo.; stepchildren, Angela Howell of Abilene, Texas, and Richard Sparks of Arlington, Texas; sister, Kathlene Kramer of San Antonio, Texas; and extended family. He was preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Cleo Bright Sr.
The family request memorials honoring Charles Bright Jr. be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Texas, 13500 Midway RD Ste 101, Dallas, TX 75244-9620.
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