Obituaries » EDGAR WRIGHT, SR.


August 22, 1928 - May 26, 2021

Burial Date: June 5, 2021

Visitation will be held Friday, June 4, 2021 at Jackson - Highley Funeral Home Chapel, West Helena Arkansas from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Service will held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Jackson - Highley Funeral Home Chapel, West Helena Arkansas at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow immediately at Gill Family Cemetery, Poplar Grove Arkansas. We will follow CDC guidelines:  mask, hand sanitizer, temperature checks, and the social distance standard of 6ft apart. Mr. Wright's service may be viewed live through ZOOM. Here are the ZOOM instructions: Topic: Funeral Service for Mr. Edgar Wright - Jackson and Highley Funeral Home Chapel - West Helena, Arkansas Time: Jun 5, 2021 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 913 1849 4602 Passcode: 759099

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Edgar Wright, Sr. was born August 22, 1928, in Poplar Grove, Arkansas to the late Johnnie and Stella Mae Wright. Edgar accepted Christ at an early age at Tuckers Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Poplar Grove, Arkansas.

All his life, Edgar was a farmer in and off season.  He worked at D & L of Marianna Arkansas, Chicago Mill of West Helena Arkansas, and at Telephone Tower of Phillips County.

Edgar ensured his legacy continued with his grandson, Thomas Lee Wright, Jr.  He took young Thomas, Jr. under his wing early on and taught him “Life.” He shared his knowledge of farming and how to repair farm equipment. He called on Thomas, Jr. for many of the repair jobs that he encountered at home, knowing he could trust Thomas, Jr. to help him when he needed it the most.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; Johnnie and Stella Mae Wright, one son; Edgar Wright, Jr., one daughter; Gwendolyn Wright Settles, two brothers and three sisters.

Edgar leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife of 66 years; Verna Gill Wright of Poplar Grove AR, daughter; Dianne Wright Gray of Conway AR, daughter from a previous marriage; Stella (Dave) Caffey of Monroe AR, sons of current union; Thomas (Willene) L. Wright, Sr., Deverso Wright, Bobby (Annie Mae) Wright all of Marvell AR, Ray Wright of Little Rock AR, brothers; Larry (Audrey) Wright, Delta Wright both of Chicago IL, Elder Maurice (Ester) Wright, Sr. of Horn Lake MS, sister; Linda (Jo) Wright Wilborn of Cincinnati OH and a host of other sons, daughters, brother, sisters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.