Grady W. Wright, 89, of Deport, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his home while surrounded by family.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Buddy Greer and the Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Wright, the son of Henry Clay and Jessie Marshall Wright, was born June 10, 1924, in Deport.
Grady, at age 19, left college in his second year to volunteer for the draft into the U. S. Army in March of 1943. He served under General McArthur in the Philippines. He also served in Japan along with other small countries. He left Japan on Dec. 1, 1945, after serving 26 months overseas. He was awarded five Bronze Stars, the Infantry Rifleman's Badge, Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon. Mr. Wright was part of three generations who served our country in the Armed Forces, his father, himself and his son Mike.
His teaching career began in the Veteran's Vocational School through Paris Junior College. He taught Vocational Agriculture and was principal at New Chapel Hill in Tyler from 1950 to 1964. Following that he was superintendent at Blossom beginning in 1964, and became the superintendent at Prairiland Consolidated Independent School District where he remained until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Wright touched the lives of many students.
He then served on the board of the Region VIII Service Center until 2001.
Mr. Wright enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He was a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billie H. Wright and wife Robbie and Marshall G. Wright; a sister, Mary Ann Morton and husband John; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Wright; a son-in-law, Ken Hunt; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Claude and Allie Burks.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Burks Wright, whom he married on March 23, 1946, building 67 years of family and memories; four children, Mike Wright and wife Sharon, of Blossom, Pam Hunt, of Deport, Kyle Wright and wife Lisa, of Deport, and Kent Wright, of Deport; grandchildren, Dakota Wright and wife Amy, Brad Hunt, Jamie Mullins and wife Misty, Katie Duncan and husband Tony, Kandi Wright, Brandon Wright and wife Katy and Blaine Wright; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine Powers and husband Talma, of Amarillo; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Wright, of Waco, and Cindy Burks, of Campbell; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Burks, of Hawkins; along with numerous nieces, nephews and a plethora of friends.
Casket bearers will be: Jerry Golden, Brad O'Brien, Kenneth Ashcraft, Homer Smith, Johnny Dawson and Jack Wright.
To leave a message or tribute for the family, please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 22, 2013