William Bright, a member of the Dixie Hummingbirds, died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. He was 77.
He was on his way to a radio broadcast with fellow members of the Dixie Hummingbirds when he suddenly became ill and died.
He was born on Oct. 5, 1939 to the late William O. Bright Jr. and Cherry Lee Jones Bright in Greene County, N.C.
Bright was known by many people and had many nicknames. He was known as “Baby Dump” to his parents, ”Dump” to his family and many in the neighborhood, and was also known as Bill, Will, Leon or simply “Bright.”
Bright was educated in the public school system of Philadelphia, graduating from Murrell Dobbins High School, with his diploma and a certificate in food merchandising. As a teenager, he worked along with his parents and siblings in the family grocery store, Bright’s and Bright’s, Inc. He worked for a time for the John B. Stetson Hat Company.
Bright returned to the family business where he was known for his ability to slice and chop to the beat of the ever-present music. When the business began to make sandwiches, he made the best hoagies, often referred to as a salad on a roll. Bright worked until the business closed in 2004 after more than 50 years of serving the Strawberry Mansion community.
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