John C Brightwell, age 79 of Wilmington, DE passed away on September 24, 2014.

John was preceded in death by his wife Corrine and his daughter Linda Sue Besore. John leaves behind his son, John Michael of Wilmington; significant other and best friend Charlene Castor of Wilmington, DE; sisters Mary Lou Farmer of Summerville, SC, Ruth Allene Brightwell of Parkersburg, WV; brothers William Larry Brightwell (Brenda) of Charleston, WV, and Robert Allen Brightwell (Judi) of Tallmadge, OH; nieces and nephews Beverly Farmer, Kim Smolder, Kristy Gandy, Ryan Brightwell and Laura Duckro and many special friends.

John was born on August 6, 1935, in Charleston, West Virginia, to the late Clinton and Ruth Hunt Brightwell. He grew up in Charleston and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School. After attending West Virginia University for two years, John married Corrine Miller and transferred to West Virginia Institute of Technology (WVIT) to be closer to their families where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at WVIT, John was editor of the WVIT Engineer News, a school paper serving the engineering community. Upon graduation from WVIT, John began his career with Owens-Illinois Glass Co in Plant Engineering in their Marion, Indiana, glass plant. This was the beginning of his and Corrine’s relocation adventures around the country as they raised their children. Besides West Virginia, they lived in Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Delaware. His work has taken him to all corners of the world.
John finished his career in Wilmington as Special Accounts and International Sales Manager for DuPont.
He was the solo organizer of the Brightwell Family Reunion which took place each summer in one of the many West Virginia Stake Park Lodges. He loved family and always looked forward to the hours and days spent reminiscing at the reunions.
John was well traveled. He enjoyed the many cruises he and Charlene have taken together. He was a proud member of the DuPont Country club. He enjoyed the various dance groups he belonged to and the dances around the Wilmington area. John was a very personable person with a keen intellect. He liked archeology and participated in a number of digs in the community. John always had a book nearby and never lost interest in learning new things.
John will be missed and remembered by all.
A visitation for John will be held on Tuesday September 30 from 12-1pm followed by a memorial service for at 1 pm. at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike Wilmington 19803. Burial will be held privately for John’s family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205 New Castle, DE 19720 and/or the American Diabetes Association, 100 West 10th St. Suite 1002 Wilmington, DE 19801. For message of condolence visit