Don Bright, 85, was a loving, fun-hearted, family focused man who touched the lives of anyone who he was able to tell his “bright” eyes story to. As a young man of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he became one of the first Naval Air Traffic Controllers. As a Naval Air Traffic Controller, Don had the prestige of being in the first class in history. After his time in the military, he went on to have a long and very successful career with the Iron Workers Union. While with the Union, he became an assistance business agent and served for Local 44. In his later years, Don served as a Deacon at the Russellville Church of Christ and enjoyed anything involving the outdoors at Lake Waynoka.
He was married to his loving bride of 64 years, Mrs. Eva Bright, and the proud father of two daughters, Mrs. Chris Meyer of Nashville and Mrs. Penny Cross of Russellville. He was also very proud of all his grandchildren, Amanda Dickston, Michelle Dickston, Carolyn Meyer, Alex Meyer and great grandson Stryker Johnston.
Don will be remembered as a man who would help those in need, could tell a good story, and put himself last above all his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and continuously loved. Don went to heaven on July 30, 2015, and a memorial service will be held September 5, 2015, at 1 pm at the Glen Este Church of Christ, 937 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45245. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Parkinsons Disease Association, 2300 Patterson Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203.