WRIGHT, Edward Eugene April 29, 1923- April 12, 2013
Edward Eugene Wright passed away at Fairmont Crossing Rehabilitation Center, in Amherst Virginia on April 12, 2013, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.
For most of his adult life, he resided in Wheeling, WV.
He was born in Newberne, WV on April 29, 1923, and has spent the last five years in the Lynchburg area.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Gray Wright, his mother, Lena Fay Kemper Wright, and his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth Kesterson Wright.
Ed was a descendant of John Kemper who helped establish Germanna in colonial Virginia in the late 1600’s and also a descendant of William Kemper an American revolutionary war soldier. Ed’s family also helped establish Freemans Creek Baptist Church in Freemans Creek, WV near Weston.
Ed graduated from Spencer High School in Spencer WV and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 during WWII. He served in the Navy in Lakeland, Florida and was later stationed on the South Pacific Island of Ponapei during the war. Ed received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy in 1946 as a Radioman First Class.
Ed was employed by Chesapeake and Telephone Company of WV, AT&T (the Bell System) and retired from Bell Atlantic in 1981, with 42 years of distinguished service.
Ed worked his way up through the ranks in the telephone company and was a second level manager of cable maintenance when he retired. Upon his retirement, he was presented with a well-cherished plaque signed by nearly every person in the Wheeling District attesting to his friendship and the undisputable fact that he was “One Helluva Telephone Man”- the highest praise possible in those days.
Beyond his telephone career, he played the guitar and mandolin; was an expert tennis player and snow skier; owned and piloted a Cessna 150; built an ultra-light aircraft which he piloted over the skies of Wheeling, and, in his spare time, rehabilitated and sailed an old 22 foot sailboat on Lake Tappan. Ed was a true craftsman who could fix nearly anything with some wire, glue or duct tape.
He and his wife Mary were very gracious ballroom dancers and were known to get up and dance in their living room upon the slightest encouragement from family, friends or just some good big band music.
Ed is survived by a sister, Helen B. Casto (Piqua, Ohio), his daughters, Yolan Wright Williams, her husband, Paul Tyler Williams (Monroe, Virginia) and Leisa Wright Huddleston (Greensboro, NC) and four grandchildren: Grey Edward Huddleston and Daron Keith Huddleston (Mooresville, NC), Travis Lee Huddleston (Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA), and Lauren Alise Williams (Fairmont, WV.) He was an awesome dad and granddad and will be greatly missed by his beloved family.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages consideration of a donation in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at www.alz.org.
A memorial service will be held in Wheeling WV at the convenience of the family and Ed’s ashes will be interred next to his wife’s remains in Greenwood Cemetery in Wheeling.
Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Monelison Chapel, is assisting the family.