Hilliard Reid Bright "Joe" August 12, 1942 - April 18, 2013 CHARLOTTE - Joe Bright, 70, passed away peacefully at home in Crestview, Florida, on April 18, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was born in Richmond, Virginia, and worked for Bank of America in Charlotte, NC, for 38 years. He served in the United States Air Force in communications from 1960 to 1964. Joe enjoyed and excelled in the game of pool and was a member of the American Pool Players Association. Reading and fishing were also favorite pastimes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton Bright and Elinor Black. Joe is survived by his wife, Shirley; his twin brother, Harold, and his wife, Karen, of Sherrills Ford, NC; his son, Joel, of Charlotte, NC; stepson, John Pritchard, of Fort Mill, SC, and stepdaughter, Karyn Martin and her husband, Shane, of Leavenworth, Kansas. Grandchildren include Jeffrey, Haili, Thomas, and Travis. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 18, at New Bethel United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall beginning at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, it is Joe's request that donations be made to his church, New Bethel United Methodist Church, 5984 Hwy. 85 N., Crestview, Florida, 32536 in his memory.
Published in Charlotte Observer on May 1, 2013