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Staff members of Wilson Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Our Team

Wayne L. Bright

Wayne L. Bright

General Manager, Licensed Funeral Director

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 813.248.6125
Cell Phone: 813.694.0232

Quality and professional experience are synonymous with Wilson Funeral Home and its Manager, Wayne L. Bright. Wayne attended the University of Rhode Island and received an A.S. degree in Funeral Services from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the Manager of Wilson Funeral Home, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, a former forensic agent, anatomical technician, and a former Principal of the Pughsley-Bright Funeral Home in Tampa, Florida. Wayne is a member of the Florida Morticians Association, Tampa City Wide Funeral Directors Association, the 100 Black Men of Tampa Bay, Urban Florida League of Business and the NAACP.

Esther B. McGruder

Esther B. McGruder

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director

Email: [email protected]

Esther received an AS degree in Funeral Service from Saint Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and serves as the Manager at Wilson Funeral Home. Esther is a member of the Florida Morticians Association and Tampa City Wide Funeral Directors Association.

Paulette V. McDonald-Thomas

Paulette V. McDonald-Thomas

Administrative Manager

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Paulette is a native of Kingston, Jamaica and a resident of Tampa since 1982. She is a former Vice-President of Savings with Community Federal Savings and Loan Association and serves as the Administrative Manager at Wilson Funeral Home. Paulette is a member of The National Notary Association.