Joseph Bright was born February 7, 1927 in Mifflin, Tennessee the son of the late John and Rowena White Bright. He was united in marriage to Sarah Frances Gurley on February 24, 1968. Mr. Bright was retired from the Tampa Florida School Board where he served as Custodian. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Selmer, Tennessee. Mr. Bright loved to play golf, fish, cook, and spoil his beloved niece. Mr. Bright departed this life on July 18, 2011 in Selmer, Tennessee at the age of 84 Years, 5 Months, 11 Days. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sarah Frances (Gurley) Bright of Selmer, TN; three sisters: Tiny Ann Bright of Cedar Grove, TN, Wilma Holmes and husband Riley of Lexington, TN, Sue Bowman of Lexington, TN; a very special niece, Lisa Moore, whom he loved like a daughter; and many extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bright was preceded in death by three sisters: Betty Miller, Mary Bright, Mable Bright; and three brothers: Kenneth Bright, Johnny Bright, Billy Bright.
Services were held on July 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Tony Polk officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery at Mifflin, Tennessee.