Franklin D Wright

Published 1:41 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Franklin D Wright passed away Sun., Jan. 7, at St Francis Hospital in Memphis surrounded by his loving family.

Frank was born on March 11, 1934, to Benjamin Franklin and Laura Rollison Wright. He was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg.

Frank was a graduate of Jett High School and served in the Army before attending Mississippi State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

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He made his career in lumber sales, with his first job being at Contractor’s Lumber.

After many years, he moved on to spend 30 years at Mid-South Lumber and Supply, where he made so many wonderful friends who were like family.

Frank was a lifelong member of Grace Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon along with other roles of leadership throughout the church.

In 2020, Frank relocated to the Delta to be with his family, where he regularly attended First Baptist Church-Boyle.

The members of FBC Boyle welcomed Frank with open arms and quickly made him part of their family.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sarah Blackburn Wright; brothers, John B Wright, James Wright, Sam Wright, and Elbert Lum Wright; sisters, Hazel Bove’, Lillian Stevens, Ruth Jacks, Elizabeth Eddington, Doris Smith, and Betty Lanier.

Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Wright Giachelli (Joey) and one granddaughter, Sarah Cate Giachelli, all of Boyle, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fri., Jan. 12, followed by a service at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with The Rev Clarence Edwards and Mike Mooneyhan officiating.

The burial will be at Yokena Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lummy Wright, Keith Wright, Tim Wright, John Wright, Bobby Wright, Lucien Schaffer, Frank Ditto, George Evans, and Shea Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Burnett, John Carlisle, Garvin Sherard, Clarence Lanier, Joe Giachelli, the employees of Mid-South Lumbar, the men of Grace Baptist Church, and the men of First Baptist Church-Boyle.

His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.” Matthew 25:23.

Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.