Grady Bright, 87, of Melrose, NM, has entered into eternal peace on December 3, 2017, in Farwell, TX.
Grady Allen Bright was born May 3, 1930 to Isaac A. Bright and Ida L. (Kelly) Bright, in his family country home in Bailey County, Texas. He attended elementary school in Texico, NM, then the family moved to the Upton community where he attended Floyd School until his freshman year. The family then moved to the Melrose community where he completed high school. He was very active in sports playing football, basketball, and track. At the end of his sophomore year he started dating his forever Sweetheart, Mary Lois Smith. He graduated in 1948, and was valedictorian of his class. Grady and Mary Lois were married December 28, 1948.
He farmed, then worked as a United States Postal Clerk. He started working at El Rancho Milling Company in 1953 as a book keeper, then became branch manager in 1958. In 1963, El Rancho became Melrose Grain & Elevator, which he managed until his retirement in 1992. After retirement he served on the Board of Directors of Melrose Grain & Elevator. He worked for Ronnie Fouts CPA during tax season, drove tractors and grain trucks during harvest. He also always loved raising a big garden.
Grady was involved in many Melrose community activities including: Melrose City Council, serving as Mayor of Melrose for 11 years, Past President and Board of Directors of Melrose Chamber of Commerce, Past President and Secretary of the Melrose Lions Club, voluntary fire fighter for many years, and passionately involved in the Melrose Cemetery Association.
Grady served as the National Weather Observer for Melrose from 1957-2013. He was Past President of the Board of Directors of Eastern NM Natural Gas Association and NM Grain & Feed Dealers.
He became an active member of the Melrose Church of Christ in 1945. He was a Song Leader, Bible Class Teacher, and Deacon. He served as an Elder in the Church for 31 years.
His greatest service was to his Lord by being a godly husband and father. He loved his family, raising them to love the Lord. His pride and joy were his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Preceding his death are his parents; and sisters, Faye Bright, Florine Hawkins and Mary Lou Pinkston; and grandson, Jason Don Mitchell. Grady is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lois Bright of Melrose; sons, Gary (Gennifer) Bright of Melrose and Larry (Marilyn) Bright of Clovis; daughters, Cindy (Lonnie) Mitchell of Clovis and Deanna (Gerryl) Roach of Melrose; sisters, JoAnn (Bob) Brown of Clovis and Ginger (Steve) Hill of Miami, NM; ten grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by everyone.
Steed Todd Funeral Home will be hosting visitation for Grady on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 9:00am to 8:00pm. The family of Grady will be present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to greet visitors. Funeral services will be held in Melrose at the Church of Christ at 2:00pm, Friday, December 8, 2017, with Wesley Roach officiating. Burial will follow immediately after at Melrose Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Wesley Roach, Darin Mitchell, Lance Roach, Seth Bright, Josh Bright, Randy Leslie, Monte Boaz, Skip Allen, and Jason McIntyre. Honorary bearers are all of his wonderful friends.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Grady’s honor to the Melrose Cemetery Association or a charity of your choice.
I pray for peace and comfort for the family and friends of Grady he is a sweet dear man who will be missed by many
Rebecca FourcherClovis, NM
I'm sorry for your loss. It was a great honor being able to know him. I always like hearing about the old days and his adventures he was on. Your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss. He was a great and godly Christian man. He now has his reward. He will be missed.
John and Patty SniderMidland, TX
May you find peace in your loss. I remember Grady fondly when we would come visit my granny and he was leading singing. I don’t remember a Sunday when we were there that he did not lead singing. God bless all of you during this time of loss. May he wrap you in comfort.
Stacey RobersonAthens, TX
He was an easy going person, always ready too help any body. I always enjoyed talking to him...........
Dene' HelwigEast Amherst, NY
A great loving man who has a sweet, loving family.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Carrol & Billie (Roach) Brand
Carrol & Billie BrandTemple, TX
I knew Grady most of my life and always thought he was one of the greatest people I had ever known. Always enjoyed seeing him at the elevator when I would bring a load of milo or wheat in to be unloaded. I am so glad that I went to the Old Timers Day Celebration this year and got to see and visit with Grady at the Friday night music get together. He made a big impact on my life all these years and we were great friends. My friend you will be missed here on earth but will bring more happiness to heaven and all your friends there. See you someday on the other side.
Vincen CoffeyLas Cruces, NM
Grady was a great mentor to me, he taught me some important lessons in life. I still remember the look on his face when I showed up for a job interview at the elevator in a three piece suit. I still laugh about it and I am sure he got a good laugh out of it also. But hey, he did hire me. I know he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
Darral HemmingerClovis, NM
Great man that I will miss dearly.
Kent AlexanderClovis, NM
My condolences to all family and friends RIP
Cynthia AshleyMelrose, NM
Mary Lois, Grady was a great man. Dad thought the world of him. He will be greatly missed by all
Debbie Ginnings ClaryCorsicana,Tx,
He was a wonderful christian man.`
Lenora Jeanne [Hancock] and Rick JacksonHereford, TX
Condolences. Many memories of the Bright family while visiting Melrose over the years.
Jay PinkstonDenton, TX
Mary Lois, my thoughts and prayers are with you . May your cherished memories bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time. I love You, Bettye
Bettye SeebergYorba Linda, CA
My condolences to all of you. Grady will be missed. May God lift you, strengthen you and bless you all in the coming weeks. Love to you all, Marie
Marie CunninghamMelrose, NM
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Edith Ann Walling- BradleyFarwell, TX