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Carl Bright

September 9, 1953 — February 22, 2024


Carl Edmund Bright, 70, of Pearcy, Arkansas was found to have left this earth to be with our heavenly father on February 22, 2024. Carl was born September 9th, 1953, in Hot Springs to the late Louie E Bright and Inez Goss Bright.

Carl was raised in the Baptist faith and attended Hot Springs Schools. He played trumpet in the band and graduated in 1971. Carl worked for the Garland County Sheriff's Department before enlisting full-time with the Navy. He was based out of San Diego, California and later, Norfolk, Virginia. While enlisted, he studied medicine at George Washington University and served as a Naval Corpsman on the USS Talbot FFG 4 and USS Anchorage LSD 36, and the USS Ajax AR 6. He sailed around the globe twice during his enlistment. Carl was injured during his service to our country and retired as a disabled veteran in 1989.

After retirement, he enjoyed spending summers on the lake with his daughters, who were the light of his life, and the companionship of his terrier Skippy. Carl never stopped learning and loved to research many topics. He loved cooking and spicy foods; his specialties being cheesecake and salsa. The latter in which he prided himself on the level of heat that he could achieve. Carl had an appreciation for artistic craftsmanship and Native American culture. He looked forward to family reunions and reminiscing with retired military buddies.

Carl was a member of The Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the National Rifle Association. As with many veterans, his medical conditions took a toll on his quality of life. He battled pain and disease for many years. With his passing, we may now take comfort knowing that his pain is finally over. May he rest in peace.

Carl is predeceased by his parents, infant sister Nancy, sister Teresa Bright Nye, and nephew Wesley Bright. Carl is survived by his daughters Lucretia (Lucy) Bright and Erin Colleen Bright-Holomshek (Bryn), and grandson Finnegan Holomshek, all of Hot Springs, Arkansas; brother Warren (Beverly) and niece Bonnie Bright Threadgill (Warren) of Houston, Texas; nieces Audrey Nye of Olympia, Washington and Emily Nye Hoos (David) of Portland, Oregon; along with a host of Goss Family members, friends, and neighbors.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, February 28th, at 1:30 pm with a 2pm chapel service at Smith Family Funeral Home, Hot Springs, with John Goodman Officiating. Interment to follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers Warren Bright, Chad Goss, Greg Goss, Reggie Wennburg, and Richard Osburn. Honorary Pallbearer VA Nurse Amanda McCorkle.

Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Hot Springs Animal Services.

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home - Hot Springs

2205 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Hot Springs, AR 71913

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