Texas A&M, and joined the Air Force following graduation.
In 1969, he returned to East Texas to pursue a Master’s Degree at SFA, and met his future wife, Dorothy Whaley. They were married on Dec. 6, 1969, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Longview, Texas. Willard and Dorothy enjoyed 41 happy years together devoted to one another and to their family.
Willard worked as an independent contractor, owned and operated Wright Tractor and Equipment Co., and was a Certified Farm Equipment Appraiser. He loved helping people and he loved the business of farming and ranching.
In 2002, he and Dorothy relocated to his mother’s family ranch in Peggy, Texas, where he built their home and a deer-proof fence surrounding his ranch. Later, Willard built a cabin on Choke Canyon Lake where he enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. But above all, Willard loved his family and lived his life devoted to his Catholic faith and those he loved.
Willard served as an altar boy at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for many years. He later attended Christ the King Catholic Church in Kilgore and after moving to Peggy, Texas, he attended St. Elizabeth’s Mission Catholic Church. His best friend and companion during these last years has been his son, Aaron, who showed devotion and love, seldom leaving his father’s side during his illness.
Willard is preceded in death by his cherished son, Scott Wright; his mother and father, Willard Wright, Sr. and Agnes Wright; and his brothers, Larry and Jerry Wright. He is survived by his devoted wife, Dorothy Whaley Wright, and his wonderful son, Aaron Wright; his sisters, Carolyn and husband, Wayne Deakins, and Loretta and husband, Bill Barnes; his mother-in-law, Sarah Whaley; his sisters-in-law, Betty and husband, Frank Owens, Sue Wright, and Alice Wright; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Friday, May 14, at Rhodes Funeral Home in Karnes City, with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. A Mass was celebrated Saturday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Mission Catholic Church in Peggy, Texas. Interment followed the Mass in the Fashing Cemetery in Fashing, Texas. Services were entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home; Karnes City. You are invited to sign the online guestbook at rhodesfuneralhomeinc.com.