Wesley Wright, 88

Mr. Wesley [Pete] Myrl Wright, 88 of Detroit, died in Heritage House of Paris on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.  Chapel Services will be at 2:30pm on Thursday, February 23 in Wood Funeral Homes.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:30-2:30pm.  Burial will follow services in Wright’s Chapel Cemetery, north of Deport.

Wesley was born on November 4, 1923 in the Wright’s Chapel Community, north of Deport, the first child of Velma Obe and Gladys Lindsey Wright.  He graduated from Deport High School in 1942.  He served in the US Army Air Corps and the US Air Force from January 1943 until May 1965 attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.  He worked at Babcock & Wilcox twelve years.  He was a volunteer at Regency Nursing Home from 1992 until 2008.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Detroit.  He married Betty Smith in Detroit on February 14, 1976.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Velma Garrison; two granddaughters, Dea Marie Wright in 1978 and Angela Faye Smith in 1991.

Survivors are his wife; Betty of Detroit, one daughter, Jan Wright of Dallas; four sons, Donald O. Wright and wife, Judy of Calico Rock, Arkansas; Pete Wright and wife, Margie of Ore City; Jay Wright and wife, Dora of Colorado Springs, CO; Webb Wright of Cooper; one step-son Kirk Lewis Smith of Detroit; and adopted son, Jeffrey Craighead, US Army-Afghanistan; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Helene Dunaway Hulsey; one sister, Wanda Howerton of Detroit; two brothers, William Wright of Ft. Worth and Sam Wright of Deport; a host of friends.

Online condolences can be made to www.woodfuneralhomes.com


  1. Jim Giddens says:

    To the family of Wesley Wright.
    Wesley was as a angel to my family and my father during the years my father was in Regency Nursing Home in Clarksville. The newpaper said he was “Pete” but I never knew that. My dad, Robert “Wesley” Giddens was in Regency for 11 years until he died in Dec 2002 at the age of almost 93. I had not known Wesley but he told me he and my dad were best friends. I am not aware of earlier years but during the last few years of my dad’s life, Wesley was alway there to help and be a friend. They were always talking and laughing. My dad played dominoe every day except on Sunday up until his last week.
    Several time I would get calls that Regency had sent my dad to the hospitl (Clarksville) and when I would get there from Reno (Paris), Wesley would already be there. Wesley always told me to call him if I ever needed his help with dad. I did not want to have to do that but one time none of the family could be at the hospital for a few hours so I called Wesley and he came on the spot. It is a little confusing that both of them are named Wesley. He may have called my dad Robert as many of the staff did, but all his old friend and family called my dad, “Wesley”. My dad was in room #108 and after he died, Wesley bought a big nice senic painting in memory of my dad and it is hanging on the wall now next to room #108. I have permission and plan to have a small plaque placed in the corner of the frame, telling of my dad being in that room and that Wesley Martin provided the painting in my dad’s memory. I have a letter confirming this would be OK from the previous administrator and have talked to the new administrator about it just a few week ago. It is fine with him also. I must quit procrastinating and get it done.
    Due ot our health, I may not be at the funeral but I want you to know I am praying for the family.
    I thank God so much for sending an angel such as Wesley (Pete) to my dad and us when we needed him. He became a special person to me and I will always have his memory in my heart.
    Jim Giddens
    Paris (Reno), Tx 75462

    • Betty Wright says:


      Thank you so much for the sweet condolence. Wesley was my angel, too. There was never a more giving person. He was always there to help in any way he could. I will miss him so much. His Parkinson’s took him down drastically. He became mentally unbalanced, lost his ability to swallow. But he looks at peace now. And he is now at home with his Heavenly Father. He kept saying “I want to go home.” And he is there now.

      He loved his time volunteering at the nursing home. He used to come home from there with his spirits soaring.

      Betty Wright

  2. Steve Wilson says:


    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Steve Wilson

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