Dick L. Wright, 80, Conklin Community, went home to be with his Saviour on January 5, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. Despite having several health issues, his passing was unexpected.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel V. and Mary Humphreys Wright, his brother S.V. Wright, Jr. and his young sister, Bessie Katherine Wright.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Huffman Wright, his two sons, Steve and wife Mikki of Johnson City, and Tim and wife Peggy of Jonesborough, his grandchildren, Zackary Wright, Logan Wright and fiancé Caroline Testerman, Seth Wright and wife Millie, and Meredith Wright, all of Johnson City. Also surviving are his sister Peggy Phillips, Jonesborough, his sister Jo Messimer and husband Emil, Johnson City, his sister-in-law Jane G. Wright, Conklin Community, and several nieces and nephews.
Dick was a 1954 graduate of Lamar High School, and attended East Tennessee State College. He also served in the U.S. Army, stationed for a time, in San Antonio, TX and Fort Jackson, SC. He loved to share stories of his time in the military, as this was a source of great pride for him.
He was known to many in the region through his work as a federal livestock inspector for the U. S. Department of Agriculture. For many years, he traveled the region visiting farms and testing cattle. He truly never met a stranger, and enjoyed “chewing the fat” with his many friends and acquaintances.
Dick was a long-time member of New Salem Baptist Church in Limestone. He was blessed with a beautiful baritone voice and for many years, used those talents as song-leader at New Salem, accompanied by his wife Barbara. He taught the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class for a number of years and also maintained the church cemetery.
He truly loved working in the great outdoors and could often be found on his lawnmower, or with his leaf blower, “mowing and blowing” as he liked to call it. He also enjoyed his garden and growing vegetables. Summertime visitors to his house often left with a bag of tomatoes, cucumbers or a head of cabbage.
Dick was one-of-a-kind, and people who met him did not soon forget his warm smile and firm handshake. He loved to prowl flea markets and his garage walls were filled with his finds, many of which evoked memories of his upbringing. He was an avid knife collector and loved to show you his latest acquisition. Trading cars brought much joy to him throughout his lifetime. Customizing a truck in his own special fashion with bed liners, rails, etc....was a hobby he loved.
He was dearly loved by his family and friends and his unique presence and out-going personality will be truly missed.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at New Salem Baptist Church, Limestone, TN, with burial to follow immediately after the service in the church cemetery. Following the burial service, the family will gather in the church fellowship hall to greet any who wish to pay their respects.
Active Pallbearers will be his grandsons Zackary, Logan and Seth Wright and his nephews Perry Phillips, Greg Wright and Sam Messimer.
Honorary Pallbearers are members of the New Salem Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 421 Lester Snapp Rd., Limestone, TN 37681.
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|EULOGIES & CONDOLENCES|
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Thoughts
are with you and your family.|
||Sandra Kyker Holt
We have so many fond memories of your family through the years. We appreciate the kindness that your family always showed to ours from the first time we met until now. We always enjoyed visiting with you all wherever we happened to be. David has a special memory that he often brings up about Dick saying to him one day at New Salem Church: Dick said, "David now that you have one little boy on your knee, you need another child for the other knee"! It wasn't long until we had a second boy to bring with us to church. Now our sons are grown adults and we have grandchildren for our knees. We want to express our appreciation to each of you for the friendship that you have shared with us throughout the years. We know Dick will be missed and we will pray for you. Since mother has been gone almost three years now, we enjoy looking through our photo albums and chatting about the fun we had. May God bless you all! Sandra and David Holt|
||Claude & Cindy Terry
|May God give you strength and grant you
peace and comfort. So sorry for your loss.|
|Barbra and family. Dick will be missed around Hardy`s where he had a lot of Friends. I am sorry for your loss, but if he could tell you, you would hear I`m in a better. Sorry that I will not be able to attend the services. God Bless all of you.
|Barb and family so sorry to hear about Dick. I always enjoyed
his laugh and am very appreciative of Dick for being there for
Mom and Dad. I know Daddy enjoyed the times he took him
places when Dad could no longer drive. Love and prayers for
||Missy Pollock Luchini
|I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are
with you all. |
|My condolences to the Wright family. It's
good to know there's a God who comfort us
in all of our tribulations, (2:
Corinthians 1:3,4) although I did not know
Mr Wright, I want to wish his family well.|
||Bill & Carolyn Saylor
|Barbara, we are so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. You are
certainly in our thoughts & prayers. He certainly did have a
wonderful personality. He would come to visit my Aunt Jenny
at a time in her life when she was sick & lonely. I will always
remember & thank him for those visits. Praying for your family.|
||Susie Gillis Bennett
|Sending love and prayers to you all. Love, Susie|
|RIP MY FRIEND, BARBARA SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS|
||Jean Jones Morrow
|I'm saddened to learn of the passing of a high school
classmate Dick Wright. Our years at Lamar were filled with
good times and lots of laughter. Dick was an excellent student
and well liked by all the teachers and especially Mrs. Whitlock,
the voice/music teacher. She helped him cultivate that
beautiful baritone voice which he enjoyed using during his
years at Lamar and throughout the community. Dick was very
kind to my Mother in 1954 when my Father was seriously
injured in a railroad accident and I will forever be grateful to
him for his kindness. I pray for peace and wonderful
memories for Barbara and all the family.|
|So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I think I
remember he worked with Ducky for a period of
time. You and your family are in my prayers.|
||Stella Coffey Turnmire
|Barbara I am sorry in the passing of dick I enjoyed knowing as a friend may god be with u and the boys during this time I would be there with u guys but I want stay well hope see u soon love in Christ Jesus Stella |