Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 1, 2013

Frances I. Bright

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

MULLENS — Frances Iowa Bright died peacefully at home on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Born July 17, 1925 in Princeton, WV, she was the daughter of Noah W. and Zora Parker McGhee. Her family moved to Mullens when she was six months old.

She was a 1943 graduate of Mullens High School and a graduate of Perry Business School.

Besides her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Lloyd F. Bright, and her brothers, William (Sarge) McGhee and Noah (Fibber) McGhee and a sister, Virginia Webb.

Frances was a member of Highland Avenue Baptist Church where she sang in the choir for 71 years. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she decorated the church for the seasons and arranged the flowers for Sunday services. She taught Sunday School and was a leader of the Youth Group for many years. It was Frances who initiated the purchase and installation of the beautiful stained glass windows in the church building.

She retired from the Mullens Area Chamber of Commerce as secretary after 19 years of service. She is noted for having organized the first Dogwood Festival. She organized the Little Miss Mullens Pageant and continued for several years to promote the event. She handled the responsibility of organizing the annual Christmas Parades year after year for the City of Mullens. She was the Female Citizen of the Year in 1988.

She was employed with Gaston Coal Company in Alpoca as secretary and was an area reporter for the Register-Herald for 8 years. Other places of employment were Rose Floral and Gifts, The Smartwear Shop, and Profiles by Phyllis.

Frances was a member of the Preceptor Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Those left to cherish many wonderful memories are her son, Toby Bright of Seattle, Washington, daughters, Barbara Warden and husband, Carter, of Beckley, and Abby Bright and fiancé, Dave Flynn, of Columbus, Georgia. Grandchildren, Scott Warden and wife, Missy, Jason Warden and wife, Shannon, of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jay Chapman, Hannah Chapman and husband, Dewain Leach, and Bailey Funke all of Columbus, Georgia. Great-grandchildren, Ethan and Lauren Warden, Gabe and Ainsley Warden of Knoxville, and Ari Leach of Columbus, Georgia, a brother, Dewey McGhee of Cornelius, North Carolina and her wonderful caregivers, Barbara Brumfield, Bonnie Gillespie, Patty Walker, Meaghan Lane, Katie Gillespie, and Emily Cook and very special neighbors, Billy and Ginger Michael.

Services will be Wednesday, October 2nd at 11 AM at Highland Avenue Baptist Church with Jason Warden, grandson, officiating. Other grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Friends may gather Tuesday evening, October 1st from 6 until 8 PM also at the church and one hour before the service on Wednesday.

Donations may be made to the Highland Avenue Baptist Church in her memory in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Frances Bright is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.