Billy Wayne Wright

June 19, 1938 - June 28, 2013
Billy Wayne Wright

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Billy Wayne Wright, a native of Summerdale, AL, and a resident of Hendersonville, NC, for many years, was born on June 19, 1938, to the late Eva Driskell Wright and J.W. (Shorty) Wright and departed this life on June 28, 2013, at the age of 75 in Asheville, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of forty-eight years, Gloria Martinez Wright who he married August 14, 1960. He graduated from Foley High School, Foley AL, and attended Troy State University, Troy, AL, where he earned a BS degree. He served twenty-three years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter repairman. While in the Army, he served two tours in Viet Nam and was stationed in Germany, Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Rucker, AL and Ft. Bliss, TX. Shortly after retiring from the Army in 1979, he moved his loving family to the mountains of NC. He began his second career with the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk in the Tryon, SC, office where he retired in 1998 after 24 years of service.

Before his death, he resided at the Emeritus at Pine Park assisted living facility in Hendersonville, NC. He was survived by one son, Marc Wright of Laguna Beach, CA; two daughters, Leeanne Wright (Randy) Gowens of Snellville, GA, and Julie Wright Smith of Brevard, NC; four sisters, Barbara Wright Pellegrino and Sandra Wright Black of Mobile, AL, Diane Wright Dombroski of Summerdale, AL, and Lynn Wright Morton of Chillicothe, OH; three grandchildren, Noah, Zachary and Brittany and several nieces and nephews.

Services with military honors for Mr. Wright will be held from the chapel of Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at Black Mountain, NC on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow the Services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to assist wounded vets through: Hope For The Warriors, 1335 Western Blvd, Suite E, PMB 48, Jacksonville, NC 28546 or to the Foley Lions Club, P.O. Box 964, Foley. AL 36536.

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  • June 30, 2013
    Rich Kingsley says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. I know he is with Gloria again and I know that no words can easy the pain that the family feels over his loss, but please know that I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time.

  • July 01, 2013
    Julie Smith says:
    Dad...I wish you were still here, the last couple of days have not been easy, I still cant believe you are not here with us anymore...I am going to miss coming to see you, to take you out to eat, to talk to you on the phone and to reminisce about when I was growing up and you being in the army...but also seeing your smiling face when I would bring Paco to see you as well...but I am glad you are back with Granny and your dad and also with cousin Angie but most of all MOM...I am glad you are no longer suffering...I know we will be together again soon. will always LOVE you and MISS you...your little girl...Julie

  • July 01, 2013
    Maurice blackmon says:
    Could not ask for a better friend.

  • July 02, 2013
    Winona Clopton Knight says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Billy and his sisters are like part of our family as we all grew up together. My love to all the family

  • July 03, 2013
    Ken Schultz says:
    Sandra and family, I and other members of our class were so sorry to hear of Billy's death. I shared with others and will share with you a quote of Tim McGraw: We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere. This was true of Billy