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Elwood N. "Sonny" Allbright
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Birth: Dec. 23, 1929
Houston County
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 2014
Houston County
Texas, USA

Elwood N. "Sonny" Allbright, born on December 23, 1929, was the son of Jessie Bell Patton and Grady Clyde Allbright. He was raised in Houston County and was a graduate of Crockett High School. Sonny was retired from Northcutt Woodworks after 33 years of service and a longtime member of Central Baptist Church for almost 59 years.

Sonny never met a stranger and loved meeting and sharing conversation with other people. He enjoyed his hobbies of bee keeping, gardening, hunting, fishing, traveling and walks in the woods and his skills of sharpening saws, knives and clippers. Sonny loved all the neighborhood children and often helped them repair bicycles, tires and toys and especially loved keeping and doing those things for his great grandchildren, Carter and Brooklyn. He loved country music and would often share his knowledge of fiddling, playing and singing.

Survivors include wife of 63 years, Joyce Yvonne Redman Allbright of Crockett; son William Clyde "Butch" Allbright and wife, Terri of Sugar Land, daughter Dona Brenner of Crockett; grandchildren, James Russell "Rusty" Brenner and Brandye Brown of Dallas, Leslie Jinkins and husband, Jamie of Lufkin, and William Dustin "Dusty" Allbright of Sugar Land; great grandchildren, Carter and Brooklyn Jinkins of Lufkin; brother, Billy Frank Allbright of Crockett; niece, Lesa Guys and husband, Carl; nephew, Billy Allbright and wife, Bobbie; great nieces, Chelsea Rich and husband, Michael, Meredith Allbright; great nephew, Denver Guys; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Robbie and Randal Hollingsworth, Jackie and Bertie Bowdoin, Darlene and Marion Lane, Carol Brown, special friend, Juanita Brenner; special friend and neighbor, Jerry Peterson.

Preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Jessie Bell Allbright; mother-in-law Rosa Lea Bowdoin and father-in-law Horace Bowdoin; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Aline and Irving Mienzer; brother-in-law O. O. "Skinner" Brown; and brother-in-law George 'Dickey" Brown. Sonny was the grandson of Layfette L. Allbright and Hattie Eberts Saxon Allbright and the grandson of Thomas Benjamin Patton and Ludie Wells Patton.

Eulogy delivered by grandson Rusty Brenner April 29, 2014:
Nathaniel Elwood "Sonny" Allbright, you will always be in our hearts. A hero: someboy admired for great qualities and achievements. Sonny, Pa as I called him, was my hero. Pa could do just about anything with wood and metal. He could sharpen a saw and pocket knife and once built a stock for a late 19th century shotgun out of an oak tree he cut down.

Pa said to me a few years back that he only wanted three things in life: a good wife, a good job, and a good bird dog.

My grandparents were married for 63 years. Pa worked for over 30 years sharpening and repairing saws at Northcutt. He was a skilled craftsman that had few equals. I am not sure if he had a good bird dog, but we killed lots of quail and we buried a lot of dogs. I think George was his favorite. When I was about seven years old we buried him on the sandy hill with the others as tears ran down our faces. If you knew him well, you know he was quick to tears - tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

Pa lived and loved with all his heart and he taught me how to do the same. He taught me to work hard at something you love. Pa never met a stranger. He would talk to a fence post if he thought he could learn something. He was genuinely interested in listening and talking to everyone. Pa loved to read, garden, hunt, fish, bee keep and play and listen to bluegrass and fiddle music. I spent many hours with him at the bluegrass and fiddlers' festival lestening to musicians playing on the tailgates of their pickups.

Pa's last joys were playing with his great-grandchildren and teaching another generation how to live and love. For a man who asked only for a few things, he sure got a whole lot more! Love, Rusty 
Family links: 
  Grady Clyde Allbright (1899 - 1983)
  Jessie Bell Patton Allbright (1910 - 1993)
Center Hill Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Brenda Ashford
Originally Created by: Carol Anne Hoch
Record added: Apr 27, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 128642905
Elwood N. Sonny Allbright
Added by: Carol Anne Hoch
Elwood N. Sonny Allbright
Added by: Brenda Ashford
Elwood N. Sonny Allbright
Added by: Brenda Ashford
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 Added: Apr. 28, 2014

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