Jerry Ross Wright


Jerry Ross Wright, 79, of Lake Lure, N.C., and formerly of Evansville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Hospice of Rutherfordton in Forest City, North Carolina, with his wife, children and sister by his side. 

Born June 17, 1935, in Medora, he was the son of Noble and Pearl Beavers Wright. His parents preceded him in death.

Jerry graduated from Medora High School in 1953 and Valparaiso University in 1960. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He and his wife, Jane Rohde Wright, moved to Evansville in 1968, and he became director of human resources at Crescent Plastics.

In 1989, they moved to Lake Lure, North Carolina, where he owned Redden Realty. He enjoyed showing property in and around Bald Mountain Resort and Apple Valley Golf Course until his retirement in 2009.

Jerry was a member Fairfield Mountain Chapel in Lake Lure and enjoyed playing golf and cards with his friends. In October, he attended the Upstate Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Rohde Wright; two sons, Mark (Kayte Quinn) Wright and Michael (Lana Parks) Wright; two daughters, Kelly (Kevin) McFarland and Whitney (Scott) Kissel; sisters, Mona (Clyde) Smith and Alma Brewer Wright Findley; grandchildren, Ross (Jennifer Coyle) Wright, Libby, Zak, Austin and Parker Wright and Ian (Jessica Turbyfill) McFarland; nieces, Teresa (Rex) Meyer and Paula (Mark) Bonebright; nephew, the Rev. Wesley (Jo) Wright; and great-nieces and -nephews, Danielle and Brooke Meyer, Nicole (Clay) Ault, Blaine and Bailey Bonebright and Micah and Samantha Wright.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Wright.

A military service was conducted Jan. 17 at Fairfield Mountain Chapel with Pastor Everett Chapman, a family friend, and the Rev. Wesley Wright, Jerry’s nephew, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jerry Wright Memorial Fund in care of Fairfield Mountain Chapel. Donations will fund veterans who wish to attend Honor Flights to Washington, D.C., from upstate North Carolina and to fund missions.