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Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home and Mt Lebanon Cemetery

11101 Saint Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO

OBITUARY

Lawrence "Larry" E. Bright

September 19, 1923July 25, 2019

Larry E. Bright, of St. Ann, MO, passed away, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the age of 95. Loving husband of over 75 years to Hazel F. Bright who preceded him in death in 2018; He leaves his children, Helen Brown, Larry Bright, Jr., Debby (Ron) Bright-Mudd, and Pam Oney; grandchildren, Bryan Carroll, Lisa Carroll, Jason Bright, Jeremy Bright, Casey French, Stacy O’Gary, Ryan Mudd, Carrie Mercer, and Cody Oney; 18 great grandchildren; He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Larry was retired from the St. Louis County Water Department and a member of the American Legion Post 338, and the VFW. Larry served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945. He had been a member of First Baptist Church of St. Ann since 1952, and enjoyed getting involved in the church activities. Larry was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Memorial donations may be made in Larry’s name to Shriners Hospitals for Children 4400 Clayton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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Susan Jearls

July 30, 2019

My Uncle Lawrence will be missed, but I will remember him as a kind and quick witted and fun man. I also agreed with him along with love ones that a home wasn’t complete with out a puppy dog....in his case a Beagle name Jake. He was a great family man. I remember the love and care he showed his wife ( my Aunt Hazel)
He loved and cared for his children, and they all loved, and honored him by by being there and took great care of Hazel and Lawrence in their later years to the end.
He will be missed by many on earth, but be of good cheer for he is already present with the LORD, friends and family that have already gone.

Ryan Mudd

July 28, 2019

Grandpa, grandma, and I was eating at Ryan’s Buffet after church service. The waitress witch was a pretty big girl kept flirting with me. Gramps obviously noticed and told me, “What you gotta do is hug one side and run around to the other and hug that side.” I almost fell on the ground laughing.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Lawrence E. Bright, of St. Ann, MO, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019, surrounded by his family at the age of 95.

Larry is survived by his children, Helen Brown, Larry Bright, Jr., Debby (Ron) Bright-Mudd, and Pam Oney; grandchildren, Bryan Carroll, Lisa Carroll, Jason Bright, Jeremy Bright, Casey French, Stacy O'Gary, Ryan Mudd, Carrie Mercer, and Cody Oney; and 18 great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Larry was preceded in death by Hazel Bright, his wife of over 75 years, in 2018.

After being married only 4 mo., Larry was drafted and served under General George Patton for over 3 years from the time of the formation of the 3rd Army until they entered Germany. He had great admiration for General Patton and the family has many stories from that period of his life. Among his medals, he was awarded the highest French medal awarded to a foreign national for his participation in the liberation of France from German control.

After the war, Larry worked 40 years for the Saint Louis County Water Co. He actively pursued his enjoyment of hunting and fishing and is said to have had more dogs than kids. He loved dogs and was very partial to beagles (hounds). He was active in both the VFW and American Legion and helped prepare many servings of fish for those partaking of the American Legion fish fries for the general public.

Larry joined Mary Ann Baptist Church (later renamed First Baptist Church of Saint Ann) June 21, 1953 at the time of his baptism. He was active in his younger years in the RA’s, teaching scriptural lessons to young boys couched in activities of wrestling, boxing, and ball teams. An avid Bible reader, Larry started every day with a session of Bible reading.