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Ammie (Bethea) Bright

October 27, 1924 ~ April 23, 2021 (age 96)

Obituary

The service for Mrs. Bright will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.

Ammie Bethea Bright was born October 27, 1924 in Roberson County, North Carolina.  She was the oldest child born to Samuel Bethea and Frances Bullock Bethea who preceded her in death.  Surrounded by her family, she departed this life on Friday, April 23, 2021, at the age of 96.

Ammie received her education in the Roberson County School System in Marietta, NC.  She married Clyde Bright, Sr, the love of her life, on September 5, 1941.  Ammie and Clyde were a loving team and were partners in life and marriage for 46 years until Clyde’s death.

She learned about Christ at an early age and was an active member of North East Baptist Church until her health began to fail.  She continued to profess Christ in her life and to share His word to all those with whom she spoke.

Ammie was no stranger to hard work growing up as a sharecropper’s daughter and the oldest of 8 children.  She became determined at an early age to seek and build a better life for herself and her family.  After marriage, she and Clyde set off to Durham, N.C. where through perseverance and hard work, they succeeded in building a loving and stable home for themselves and their children. 

She navigated her adult years with grace, dignity, confidence and a warrior spirit that demanded, and commanded, respect from all who came into contact with her.  She enjoyed a challenge and never met one she could not tackle.  She was a role model and real-life superhero to all who knew her.   

Ammie was blessed with many talents and gifts that she amazingly managed to improve and refine over the entirety of her life.  She used them all to spread joy, love and laughter to everyone who knew her.  She did so through her cooking, her quilting, her guitar playing, her counseling of those of all ages about all things, and her quick-wittedness and sense of humor. 

Ammie had a special love for children and possessed a unique ability to connect with, teach, counsel and rear them.  She leaves a multi-generational legacy of people for whom she cared for and molded, and who credit her love and influence for guiding and redirecting their footsteps to a better path.

She also enjoyed traveling and loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends over good food and laughter. Possessed with a healthy competitive spirit, she never shied away from proving that no one could out master her with a fishing pole or a rifle.  If it could swim, she could catch it; and if she could see it, she could shoot it. 

She taught us to love God, to live and speak truth, to work hard, to always do what is right, to take every opportunity to make good memories, to enjoy life and to love one another through all times, both the good times and the challenging ones.  That was her gift to us all and that will be her legacy for all times.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Bright, Sr; her sisters, Barnette Harrington and Beulah Mae McDuffy; her brothers, James Bethea and Sam Bethea, Jr.

Ammie leaves to cherish her memory, 8 children:  Clyde Bright, Jr (Janice) of Roxboro, NC; Jesse Bright (Betty) of Pittsboro, NC, David Earl Bright (Shelia) of Roxboro, NC, Willene Bright Page (Alvis) of Pittsboro, NC, Matricia Bright Smith and Johnell Bright (Marcia) both of Durham, NC, Alvin Virgil Bright of Roxboro, NC, and Iris Regina Bright Bannerman (Bobby) of Roxboro, NC; two sisters, Mae Frances Mack of Miami, FL, and Annie Sledge of New Haven, CT; one brother, Elwood Bethea of New Haven, CT; one aunt, Sadie Tart of Garner, NC;  19 grandchildren;  37 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ammie (Bethea) Bright, please visit our floral store.


Services

Viewing
Tuesday
April 27, 2021

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

Viewing
Wednesday
April 28, 2021

11:00 AM to 11:25 AM
Markham Memorial Gardens
4826 Trenton Road
Durham, NC 27707

Funeral Service
Wednesday
April 28, 2021

11:30 AM
Markham Memorial Gardens
4826 Trenton Road
Durham, NC 27707

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