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Brightwell Obituaries

From Avlyn Dodd Conley
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{handwritten date:  "1962"}

Mrs. Brightwell
Farmville Native
Buried Sunday, 57

Funeral services for Mrs. Viola Louise McNamee Brightwell, 57, were held Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Bristol, Tenn., with graveside services at Westview Cemetery, Farmville, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27.  The Rev. J. C. Murphy officiated at the graveside services.

A former resident of Farmville, Mrs. Brightwell died Thursday night, May 24, in Bristol, Tenn.  She was a graduate of Longwood College, and her father was the late M. H. McNamee, of Farmville.

She is survived by her husband, Robert H. Brightwell, of Bristol, Tenn.; her mother, Mrs. M. H. McNamee, of Farmville; and two sisters, Mrs. Allen N. Fore, of Farmville, and Mrs. Arthur Kinsey, of Metuchen, N. J.

{handwritten date:  "1966"}

Willie E. Brightwell,
Buried Wednesday

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 4, for Willie Ernest Brightwell, 84, at Collins Funeral Home, with interment in the Olive Branch Methodist Church cemetery.  The son of the late Frank {word "Price" marked through & "Pierce" handwritten over it} Brightwell and Gertrude Gills Brightwell, he died Monday, May 2, at his home, near Prospect.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Leah Coleman Brightwell; two sons, Ernest Jackson Brightwell, of Richmond, and Edgar Platte Brightwell, of Wilmington, Del.; four sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Brightwell, of Washington, D. C., Mrs. Edna Lee and Mrs. Annie Murray, both of Norfolk, and Mrs. Ola Harris, of Farmville, and one brother, R. H. Brightwell, of Bristol, Tenn.

{handwritten date: "1966"}

Buried in County

Funeral services for Edgar Platte Brightwell, 47, who died in Wilmington, Del., on Monday, Nov. 14, were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul's Methodist Church there.  Interment was in Olive Branch Methodist Church Cemetery, Prince Edward County, Va., on Thursday.

Mr. Brightwell retired last June from DuPont Co. because of illness.  He had been associated with the company for 15 years as a research physicist in the Delaware Division.

A native of Prospect, he attended Hampden-Sydney College and did graduate work at the University of North Carolina and New York University.  He held a master's degree in physics.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the air force in the China-Burma-India theatre and was discharged in 1945 as a first lieutenant.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nannie W. Brightwell; a daughter, Miss Nancy Brightwell, a sophomore at the University of Delaware; his mother, Mrs. Leah Brightwell, of Prospect; and a brother, E. J. Brightwell, of Richmond.

He was a nephew of Mrs. C. W. Harris, of Farmville.

Among those here for the funeral of Edgar Platte Brightwell staying with Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Harris, his aunt, were Mrs. Edgar Platte Brightwell, Miss Nancy Lee Brightwell, and Fred Breame, all of Wilmington, Del.; Mrs. Alfred Webb and Mr. and Mrs. Linwood Rowe, of Gloucester; Miss Betty Simmons, of Richmond, and Mrs. G. H. Jones, of Fork Union.

Guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Harris last week and attending the funeral of their nephew, E. Platte Brightwell, on Thursday were Mrs. V. F. Murray, Mrs. T. J. Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chapman and Miss Myrtle Brightwell, of Norfolk, also R. H. Brightwell, of Bristol, Tenn.

{handwritten date: "1969"}

Mrs. Thomas J. Lee
Rites Held Friday

NORFOLK, Aug. 12 -- Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Brightwell Lee were held at the Holloman-Brown Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday followed by interment in the Olive Branch Cemetery in Portsmouth.

Mrs. Lee, a native of Prince Edward County, died in a Norfolk hospital Wednesday.  The widow of the late Thomas Jefferson Lee, she was the daughter of the late Frank P. and Gertrude Gills Brightwell.

She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. V. F. Murray and Miss Myrtle Brightwell, both of Norfolk, and Mrs. C. W. Harris, of Farmville; and a brother, R. H. Brightwell, of Bristol, Tenn.

{handwritten date: "July 17, 1972"}

Miss Myrtle Brightwell

NORFOLK -- Miss Myrtle Brightwell, 84, of Lafayette Towers died in a hospital Monday.

A native of Prince Edward County, she lived in this area six years.

She was a daughter of Frank Pierce and Mrs. Gertrude Gills Brightwell.

She was a Baptist.

She was a buyer for ladies' ready-to-wear in Washington.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. C. W. Harris of Farmville and Mrs. Vincent F. Murray of Norfolk; a brother, Robert Henry Brightwell of Bristol, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews.

The body was taken to H. D. Oliver Funeral Apartments.

Mrs. Dougan
Work Passes;
Rites Friday

Funeral rites will be held at Holmes Funeral Home chapel here Friday at 10:30 a.m. for Mrs. Dougan Work, prominent state club woman and former state official, who died early today at her home, 1101 West Main street, after an illness of 12 days.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Joe Dee Ray, assisted by Rev. Charles Bretz, and burial will be in the McKinney, Texas cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Fuller, Dr. Edward Williams, Dr. Earl Williams, Dr. A. E. Shearer, Bill Steger, Virge Steger, Dr. E. M. Haggard and George C. Pendleton.

Born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, she moved to Texas when a young woman and was married to Dougan Work in Collin County, Texas.  They moved to Durant from Frisco, Texas, in 1904, and she had made her home here since Mr. Work passed away here {April 17 ____}

She was a member of the First Baptist church here.  Mrs. Work was a member of the United Daughters of Confederacy, was state president of that organization from 1926 until 1928, and served as president of the local chapter at various periods.

She was a member of the Durant Fortnightly club and a charter member of the Delphian club and of the Mary Quisenberry chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and at one time served as regent of the local chapter, and was a long time member of the Eastern Star.  Mrs. Work was active for many years in club work and civic affairs in Durant, and was a member of the first Oklahoma Public Welfare commission on which she served for two years by appointment of the late Governor E. W. Marland.

Mrs. Work is survived by one daughter, Miss Isabel Work, a member of the Southeastern State College faculty.

{handwritten note: "Daughter of Tom Roach & Coley Brightwell Roach."}

Of Mrs. Harris
Dies In Norfolk

Funeral services for Thomas Jefferson Lee, brother-in-law of Mrs. C. W. Harris, Farmville, were held Sunday, Dec. 30, at a funeral home in Norfolk.  Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth.

Mr. Lee, an employee at the Norfolk Navy Yard for 32 years, died Friday, Dec. 30.  He retired as head of the inspection division of production, July 14, 1950.

Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, the former Miss Edna Brightwell, of Prince Edward County; a daughter, Mrs. Fred Phillips, Alexandria, and a brother, Harry W. Lee, Portsmouth.

Submitted by:  Avlyn Dodd Conley
Note on 1st page of copies "From Mrs. C. W. Harris notebook"

Online transcriptions by Susan Shields Sasek.

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