Fransas Don “Pops” Bright, 77 of Childress, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020. Funeral services took place at 2 p.m. Friday, December 4 at Brooks Chapel in Canyon with Rev. Gene Jones officiating. Burial followed in Dreamland Cemetery. Arrangements were by Brooks Funeral Directors.
Pops was born on April 17, 1943 to Fransas Ira and Verna Driver Bright. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, and following his service, he worked for Bell Helicopter. He married Elsie Williams at Grace Baptist Church in Canyon on July 18, 1980.
He owned and operated Bright Truck Shop in Canyon and was then a diesel mechanic for Freight Liner and Peterbilt in Amarillo. Pops and Elsie moved to the Flying B Ranch in Childress in 1998 where he began ranching, a life he dearly loved.
In his earlier years, Pops was a saddle bronc rider. He loved his dogs and horses and enjoyed sitting on the back porch at the ranch where he could watch the sun rise and set and watch his cattle and his horses. Pops was a Mason.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Mills, and his brother, Keith Bright.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Elsie Bright; his children, Michelle Foster and husband, Gary, Andy Bright and wife, Cristi and Kimberly Powers; and five grandchildren, Allan Houk, Autumn and Cale Bright and Danica and Dylan Powers. The family suggest memorials be to Volleys for Veterans, C/O Don Spence, 4205 S. Hayden, Amarillo, Texas 79110.