Psalm 23:4 states that, "Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Wherever we go, from our birth throughout our life and into the passage of death, the Lord is always and ever with us. When the time comes to bid this life farewell, we should find comfort in knowing that a loving God will be there with us to guide us to our new home.
Time well-spent reflects a life well-lived. No empire lasts forever; no dynasty continues unbroken. Someday you and I will be mere legends. All that matters is whether we did what we could with the life that was given to us. On March 5, 1923, the world was blessed to receive a precious angel, Jessierine Davis Bright, born to James (Jimmy) Rogers and Julia Sanders Davis of Walterboro, South Carolina. Mrs. Jessierine Davis Bright made the most of 97 beautiful years. Known as Momma Jessierine, she was young at heart beyond her years. Her wisdom was evident in all of her encouragement, patience, and spiritual guidance. Momma Jessierine believed, “The world was ours to explore,” and always reminded us to, “Go out there.” She pushed us to believe in ourselves, dream often, and be the best in all we do. Momma Jessierine loved to explore this wonderful world that the Lord has made. She travelled to many places, including the Caribbean, Canada, the French Riviera, Paris, Monaco, and Italy. Momma was an expert at her daily craft, quilting. Her “made-with-love” quilts were gifts to many of her loved ones. Through the years, her hobbies were reading, solving puzzles, playing games, gardening, and whistling. No one could beat her at cards, especially Smut. While Momma Jessierine always told each of her five daughters, “Get your education; it will stay with you longer than any man,” she also taught her four sons to cook, clean, and take care of a house. It was hard to leave Momma Jessierine’s house. When you would stand to leave, she’d often say, “I am not tired of your company. Why are you in such a hurry to leave?” No one ever visited her and left empty-handed. She always made sure she put something in your hand—even if it were crackers, bananas, or mints— before you left. Momma Jessierine had a quick-witted, magnetic personality that drew people to her. She was charismatic and loved to tell funny stories. There was never a dull moment in Momma’s presence. To meet Momma was to know that she was a Christian. Momma Jessierine was the mother of Isaiah United Methodist Church and an Eastern Star. She was educated at St. Peters School in Walterboro. In 1940, she was joined in Holy matrimony to the late Herbert Garfield Bright. They were blessed with nine children and enjoyed 62 years of marriage. One daughter, Gwendolyn B. Chisolm, preceded her in death.
Left to celebrate her life and to continue her legacy are: Herman G. Bright (Anna) of Walterboro, SC; Cephus L. Bright (Dr. Gwendolyn) of Columbia, SC; Howard L. Bright (Beatrice) of Walterboro, SC; Polly B. Green (the late Leonard Green) of Graniteville, SC; Jessie Ruth Burgess of Walterboro, SC; Gracie B. Williams (Leroy) of High Springs, FL; Herbert Bright, Jr., of Seabrook, SC; and Senator Margie B. Matthews (Patrick) of Walterboro and Seabrook, SC; one sister of the original seven siblings, Flora Bell Stephens of Walterboro, SC; two sisters-in-law remain to cherish her memories, Patricia Bright and Marian Bright, both of Walterboro, SC. Momma was blessed to have 29 wonderful grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and 24 greatgreat grandchildren, all of whom she loved to spoil. During the early morning hours of Friday, May 8, 2020, Momma Jessierine folded her earthly cart when she heard the Master’s call, and went home to be with the Lord. She is truly loved and will be missed by her devoted family, friends, members of the community, and all who were blessed to know her.
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