Edward Lee Bright was born on September 5, 1940, near Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents were Claude and Christine (Faulkner) Bright. From age 8, Ed was raised by his grandparents, George and Rena (Edwards) Faulkner. He grew up with his little brother Gene “Jesse” and their uncles, Loyd and C.B. Faulkner.

On December 14, 1969, he was united in marriage to L. Sue Holmes in Rock Port. They spent their married life north of Rock Port, and Ed worked construction as an operator for Operating Engineers Local 101.

Ed passed away January 12, 2019, at his home.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Christine (Faulkner) Bright; grandparents, George and Rena (Edwards) Faulkner; uncles, George Faulkner and C.B. Faulkner; and aunt, Alene Faulkner.

Those left to honor Ed’s memory include his wife Sue, of their home; daughter, Bobbye Watts, Benton, Arkansas; son, Billy (Sherry) Bright, Hamburg, Iowa; and stepchildren, Shannon (James) Paterson, Wolcott, Connecticut, and Patrick (Lisa) Holmes, St. Joseph, Missouri; five grandchildren, Brandi, Taylor, Elizabeth, Johnnie and Angie; three step-grandchildren, Michael, Monica and Austin; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Jesse E. O’Connell, Odessa, Ukraine; uncle, Loyd Faulkner; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Watson Baptist Church. The family will greet friends following the services. Private family inurnment will be held at High Creek Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainfuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Chamberlain Funeral Home.