Mrs. James C. Bright, 86, of Avondale Estates passed away on Wednesday, 8 September 2010 following a brief illness. She was a retired educator, having taught math and English at Towers High School, in DeKalb County, GA, for twenty years. Mrs. Bright nee Elizabeth Shirley Maxwell was born in Emporia, Kansas, and grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, where she was Valedictorian of her high school class. She was awarded the Donnelly Scholarship and received freshman and sophomore honors at the University of Kansas. She later transferred to the University of Kentucky from which she received a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She received her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Louisville KY and completed further graduate work at Georgia State, Oglethorpe and Emory Universities. She was a veteran of World War II having served in the WAVES at the National Naval Medical Center NNMC located in Bethesda, MD. It was in the Navy that she met her future husband, James C. Bright, also a Navy Veteran. They were married in 1947. She is survived by her husband, who was for many years a practicing attorney at law in Kentucky before becoming the Regional Counsel, Southeast Region, of the Bureau of ATF. Also surviving is a son, Allan H. Bright of Decatur, a daughter and son-in-law, Shelby and Russell Berry, grandsons Paul, Charles, and James Berry, all from Beaufort, SC, and a host of relatives and friends. Mrs. Bright has been cremated in accordance with her wishes. There will be no visitation, and all services are to be private. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice. Please express condolences on line at . Or www.wagesandsons.com

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  1. I’m very sorry for your loss. Ms. Bright had a positive influence on her students. Tough but always fair, she encouraged all of us push ourselves to be better.
    Joel Crisler
    Towers High School
    Class of ’75

  2. I remember Mrs. Bright fondly as I was in her English class at Towers High School. She was so patient with all of us, but me in particular as my memorization skills were never very good, however, English has always been my strong point. I believe it is because of her fine instruction and attention that I have a love of writing and literature today. When I left home to marry I had drawers full of opinion papers and my thoughts on life in general. I plan to write a book someday, about my life and I will attribute my ability to do so to Mrs. Bright. I became a nurse and work in hospice today. I pray that your family is cared for and her husband is wrapped in God’s arms of love. Rhonda Cobb Shideler

  3. Dear Jimmy,
    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Just got the news through Cecie as I was out of the country at the time.
    I can empathize as I lost Ann last September. Just remember all the good times and do the best you can.
    Sincerely,
    Bill

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