The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 12, 2013

Edward Wright

The News Courier

— Edward Payne Wright, 77, died peacefully at home on his beloved sun porch on Nov. 10. Ed was born on Feb. 26, 1936, in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He was the firstborn son of Samuel Greene Wright, and Fannie Mae Cannon Wright.

He grew up in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. with his brother, Nelson Wright and sister, Betty Jane Wright Scott. He graduated from Gaston High School, class of 1954, and from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., class of 1974, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

After graduating from high school, Ed joined the Air Force and served for 18 months in the Philippines during his tour of service.

On June 2, 1956, in East Vassalboro, Maine, Edward married Constance Ann Munsey whom he had met while stationed in Maine. They were married for 57 years.

Shortly after the marriage, he was sent to the Philippines and was there at the time of his first daughter's birth. After his return they lived for a brief time in Arizona before returning to Maine.

Ed and Connie had five children together, Jane, Jennifer, Ruth, Todd and David. The first two were born in Maine, the third and fourth in North Carolina, and the last in Maine. Ed and Connie eventually settled in High Point, N.C., where their young family grew up.

Ed's dream was to attend college and after many years, many jobs and little money, with five children, his dream became a reality. His wife Connie worked alongside him to make his dream come true.

During his years at Guilford College he worked for ITT Grinnell. After graduation he continued to work for Grinnell and as his children grew up and moved on, he went on to new adventures.

With one remaining child at home he and Connie moved to Oswego, N.Y., where he worked for Sargent & Lundy Engineering of Chicago. There, adventure and his work eventually carried them to Peoria, Ill., China, and Korea as a welding and quality control engineer before returning to the U.S. and settling in Athens where Ed continued to work for Sargent & Lundy until his retirement.

Ed was a very creative man and also a man of his time. He could fix and build almost anything. His hobbies included painting, being a veracious reader, and woodworking. He built many beautiful pieces of furniture for his home and family and his children have beautiful pictures of old barns that he was particularly fond of painting. Ed and Connie also helped start a family run restaurant called The Hungry Fisherman.

Ed is survived by his wife Connie Wright of Athens; daughters, Jane Riedel of Colfax, N.C., Jennifer Williams of Auburn, Maine, Ruth Self and husband Bill of Huntsville; son, David Wright of Montevallo; brother, Nelson Wright of Myrtle Beach, N.C.; his sister, Betty Scott of Wilmington, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Ben, Matthew, Ashley, Jordan, Griffin, Elijah, Tyson, Taylor Caravaggio; six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Brenden, Whitney, Wyatt, Carter and Gavin; nieces and nephews; family friend, Monica

Moon; and many dear friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his son, Edward Todd Wright on Oct. 25, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday Nov.14, 2013, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 207 E. Washington St., in Athens.

Our family would like to give a special thank you to April Haney, Dr. Qureshi, April Seay and all the nurses and caregivers from Hospice of Limestone County for the amazing care and compassion they provided for Ed during his final days.

Spry Funeral Home is handling arrangements.