Jerry Garland Wright, Sr., age 74, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Freeman West Medical Center, Joplin, MO. He was born August 19, 1943, in Newtonia, MO, the son of Felix and Essie Barker Wright. He was one of nine children born to the Wright family. He lived in Neosho, MO, and graduated from Neosho High School. Jerry married Norma Jean Jones in 1965 and moved to Fort Scott, KS. Two children were born to this marriage; Jay Wright and June Wright who survive. He served for several years on the Fort Scott Police Department. His greatest joy in life was when he become an ordained minister. He served as an elder at the Road Church, Webb City, MO. He spent the last years of his life spreading the gospel and could always be found with a book of sermons he had written in his pocket.
Besides his children, survivors include a brother, Erron Wright and wife Betty, Joplin, MO; and one sister, Norma Jean Parks, Neosho, MO; three grandsons, Jace, Nolan and Bryce; one granddaughter, Madison; and a multitude of nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and five sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, May 18th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Cremation will follow with private family burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time Friday morning. Memorials are suggested to the Jerry G. Wright, Sr. Memorial Fund and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.