Sylvia Rolen Bright, 76, of Mosheim, passed away Thursday at Johnson City Medical Center.
Sylvia is survived by her husband: Sidney; daughter: Mary Louise and her husband, Mike Eklund; and grandson: Aaron Eklund and his wife, Sara.
Sylvia was a longtime dental hygienist for Dr. Ralph Brown and Dr. James Gamble in Greeneville.
She was a member of the Carter’s Station at Albany United Methodist Church.
She was active in Epsilon Sigma Alpha.
Sylvia was an avid genealogist. She spent many hours researching her family lines in East Tennessee. She compiled history books for family reunions with biographies and pictures for each person in a family tree branch. When researching a branch, she would interview living relatives and record their memories and family lore (sometimes called tall tales). Her biographies were often the high point of the reunion and provided valuable ties to the past.
To know Sylvia was to know curiosity. She had a passion for learning the stories behind people and places. After retirement she became an amateur historian of Greene County. She and Sidney could be seen photographing historic buildings and locations around the county. Sylvia would research local personalities and buildings at the T. Elmer Cox Genealogical and Historical Library and write histories that she would post on the “You Know You Are From Greeneville” Facebook page. She took great pleasure in the memories and learning these stories sparked in others. Many a time, friends or strangers would come up to Sylvia at a restaurant and start a conversations with, “I saw your article online. I’d always wondered about …”
Per Sylvia’s request, only a small ceremony will be conducted with immediate family to honor her memory.
In lieu of cards or flowers, friends and family are encouraged to donate in her name to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Friends are also invited share their memories on the Sylvia Rolen Bright Memorial Facebook page.
Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.