Austin "Pete" A. Brightop

March 25, 1926May 3, 2021

Austin A. “Pete” Brightop, 95, of Little Rock passed away May 3, 2021. He was born March 25, 1926 in Little Rock. Pete was a graduate of Little Rock Technical High School. He was a devoted husband for over 59 years to Clariece Ethridge Brightop. He was very active in his kids lives, enjoyed taking them camping, fishing, teaching them to water ski and serving as Scoutmaster for his sons’ Boy Scout Troops. Pete worked for the Union Pacific Railroads and Amtrak until his retirement. He was a skilled home builder and auto mechanic, building every house in which his family has lived. Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Austin E. Brightop (Jane), Richard Brightop (Joy), and Gayle Waller (Michael); grandchildren: Katy Brightop, Austin A Brightop, Chris Waller, and Scott Waller; 5 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and long-time special friend, Daisy Fowler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clariece Brightop and father, Austin A. Brightop, Sr. Visitation will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Pinecrest Funeral Home with the funeral service following at 2pm. Pallbearers will be Richard Brightop, Austin A. Brightop, Chris Waller, Scott Waller, Lee Graham, and Brian Nix.


  • Richard Brightop, Pallbearer
  • Austin A. Brightop, Pallbearer
  • Chris Waller, Pallbearer
  • Scott Waller, Pallbearer
  • Lee Graham, Pallbearer
  • Brian Nix, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021


Austin "Pete" A. Brightop

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Libbie Dougan

May 6, 2021

Dear Rick, Joy, Katy, et al, Well Rick, now you are at the top of the food chain. Which is a bit scary, but, OK! Please know that I am asking The Holy Spirit to pour His peace and contentment, comfort and joy, down over you all, like warm honey. Russ Garber and I are sending you all, air hugs and kisses. Libbie and Russ

Katy Brightop

May 4, 2021

I was the first grandchild and only granddaughter but you still included me in learning how to fix, build, and repair things. I use that knowledge to problem solve daily. Thank you for your sacrifice and your prayers. See you again when we are all reunited in heaven.