Charles L. Bright, 84, of Elkhorn, was born on Dec. 9, 1936, in Taylor County to the late Samuel Allen Bright Jr. and Edith Helen Phillips Bright.
He died at 4:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Frankfort.
His faith was important to him, having been raised in Elk Horn Baptist Church and later attending Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort.
He was a veteran, having served his country with honor in the United States Army.
He was also a high school teacher, and later worked as the director of business education for the Kentucky Department of Education for many years. He retired from the Public Service Commission in Frankfort.
He was passionate about many things, especially his family and motivating youth to continue their formal education. He began his own education in a two-room schoolhouse in Elkhorn, graduated from Taylor County High School, completed undergraduate work at Campbellsville College and University and pursued postgraduate work at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky, attaining a master's degree and beyond.
He was a loving family member who was passionate about the outdoors, sports, travel, education, music and dancing. He encouraged his children and extended family to try new activities such as golf, tennis, fishing, boating, skiing, ice skating, swimming, horseback riding, rollerblading, rock climbing and others. He was dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, remaining active into his late 70s, enjoying downhill skiing in Utah and Colorado. Perhaps his greatest joy was his grandchildren, whom he taught to drive his tractor, shoot a BB gun, play piano and the basics of the many sports he loved. He was a member of the Lexington Ski Club and the Lexington Cotillion Club, traveling both domestically and internationally with them to ski and dance. He remained a farmer all his life and kept his aging father company by working together on the family farm.
He is survived by his two daughters, Lissa Suzanne Bright, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Leigh Anne Bright, of Frankfort; grandchildren: Leah Duerren and Aidan James Tucker, of Las Vegas; brothers, George Bright and wife Floydene, of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Robert Bright and wife Donna, of Elkhorn; sisters, Betty Cox, of Mannsville, and Venita Bright and husband Michael Clark, of Frankfort; the mother of his children, Betty Jean Bright; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Helen Brown.
Funeral services were held May 15 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home by Rev. Brent Gupton.
Burial followed in Campbellsville Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital
through the funeral home.
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Published by Central Kentucky News-Journal on May 20, 2021.