Harold Wright

Sunday, February 3, 2002

JACKSON, Mo. -- Harold Lee Wright, 70, of Jackson died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center, after suffering an apparent massive heart attack at the Little Ole Opry near Burfordville, Mo.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Janet Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery with a Missouri military honors service.

Harold was born March 9, 1931, in Jackson, son of Elmer and "Anna" Lillian Nitsch Wright.

He and Mollie Haupt were united in marriage Nov. 19, 1955.

Loving survivors include his wife, Mollie, of Jackson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dean and Mary Wright and Scott and Rebecca Wright, all of Cape; two daughters and a son-in-law, Donna and Steve Stedman of Jackson and Wendy Wright and her fiance, Gary Parker of Cape; and a sister, Allene Reaves of Grand Junction, Colo.

Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Zachary and Macy Wright; Britnie and Tyler Jones; Doyle and Jason Stadt, Kyle Stedman; and Sarah, Leah and Nina Parker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew.

Harold was a tank mechanic in the U.S. Marines, serving from January 1952 through December 1953 and attaining the rank of corporal. He earned a Korean Medal with two stars, the National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on Jan. 7, 1960. He was a lifetime member of the Cape VFW.

In 1950, he opened Wright's Garage in Cape Girardeau, where he continued to work with his sons until his death. Prior to opening his business, he worked for the former Superior Electric.

Harold formed his first band in 1988. He loved singing and playing his guitar, and especially enjoyed making music with his friends at the Little Ole Opry near Burfordville, where he sang on a regular basis.

He also enjoyed fishing and camping.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Foundation.