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UPDATE: Funeral arrangements set for Chattanooga businessman Fletcher Bright

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Fletcher Bright, with the Dismembered Tennesseans, plays fiddle during Pops on the River at Coolidge Park.  Photo by Allison Kwesell /Times Free Press Fletcher Bright, with the Dismembered Tennesseans, plays fiddle during Pops on the River at Coolidge Park. Photo by Allison Kwesell /Times Free Press
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UPDATE: Today we remember Fletcher Bright. 

He was known as a successful business leader and musician. 

He died at his home on Christmas Day at the age of 86. 

Born in Chattanooga, Bright helped build the family real estate business into one of the southeast's best known. 

Started by his father in 1927, Fletcher Bright Company now spans millions of square feet in 13 states. 

Real estate was his "day job" but Bright's passion was in his music. 

He was a founding member of the Dismembered Tennesseans along with his McCallie School classmates in 1945. 

In a 2014 interview with local historian Ben Cagle, he said his mother hoped he would become a violinist but piano lessons led him to a different type of music. 

"My career didn't go exactly as she had hoped. The piano lessons led to boogie-woogie and jazz. (laughs) And the fiddle, we know where that went about. But I took lessons for a few years until I started McCallie," Bright said. 

Through the years, Bright continued to hone his craft playing the fiddle, taking lessons from some of the masters and teaching others the art himself. 

"Obviously you don't nail it every time and you have to listen very carefully and try to make the split second corrections," he said. 

He founded the Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival, bringing some of the biggest names in Bluegrass to Ross' Landing. 

Bright's impact will continue to resonate through Chattanooga as the community remembers the man who made sure everyone walked away from the table happy. 

The family visitation and memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 28, at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain. The visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and the service will begin at 4:00 p.m.. Click here for more information.


PREVIOUS STORY: Prominent Chattanooga businessman and musician Fletcher Bright died on Christmas Day.

Bright joined his father's company in 1953 in real estate that became Fletcher Bright Company.

He was a renowned fiddler and performed at community events. The theater at the Bright School is named after him.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker released the following statement:

"Like so many he knew, Fletcher had a big impact on me as a young man, and throughout life. A gentleman, a pilot, a musician, and a businessman, he kept a balance and a steadiness that made you feel calm in times of stress. We will all miss him and hope to carry some of him with us to share with others."

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