Charles E. (Charlie) Bright Jr., retired from 3M Company and longtime Little Rock resident, passed away on July 20, 2013. He was 82 years old.
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He was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Vanndale, Ark.
He moved to Little Rock in the mid 1950's. Charlie was a Scimitar Shriner for over 50 years, Charlie was a member of the Clown Unit and affectionately known as "POPS." During those 50 years Charlie participated in parades and circuses throughout the country. Along with the Shrine, Charlie was a 32nd degree Mason, Pulaski Heights Blue Lodge #673, Royal Order of Jesters Ct. 12 and an avid Razorback football fan.
Charlie was the son of Charles E. Bright Sr., and Allie Mae (Orman) Bright.
He leaves to cherish his memory his best friend of nineteen years, Mary Lou Cordell of Jacksonville, Ark.; daughters, Amber White and husband Johnny of League City, Texas, Brenda Dhooge and husband DJ of Surprise, Ariz.; one brother, Bill Bright and sister-in-law, Judy, of Conway; two grandsons, Jacobs Overbey Clemons of Norfolk, Va., and Charles Everett Clemons of Kemah, Texas; niece, Terri Kern (Mike) of Chesterfield, Mo.; nephew, Ben Bright (Amanda) of Conway; three great nieces, Mary Claire Bright, Caroline Bright of Conway, and Hannah Heiges of Chesterfield, Mo.; one great nephew, Max Heiges of Chesterfield, Mo.
Visitation will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, with Funeral services starting at 11 a.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.).
Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. at Vanndale Cemetery in Vanndale, Ark.
Special thanks to Zimmerman's Exxon Gas Station on South University, The Monday Lunch Group, Baptist Health Staff and Hospice Home Care Staff.
Memorial gifts may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 501-224-2200.
POPS' online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from July 22 to July 29, 2013