Bill Wright

Bill Wright

Thursday, June 6th, 1935 - Thursday, January 9th, 2020
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Funeral services for Bill Wright, 84, of Athens, are scheduled for 3:00 P.M., Monday, January 13, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Athens with Dr. Kyle Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.

Bill passed from this world to his heavenly home, surrounded by dedicated caregivers and loving family, on January 9, 2020 in Malakoff, Texas.

Bill F. Wright was born on June 6, 1935 in Waxahachie, Texas. He was the only child of John and Alta Pearl Wright. As a boy of seven, he gave his heart to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was baptized at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas. After graduating from Ennis High School in 1953, Bill majored in Accounting at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He later served in the United States Army. He retired in 1997 as a purchasing agent for the Dallas Morning News.

Retirement was composed of working in the yard, carpentry work, fishing, snow and water skiing, special projects, and public service. He published the handbook for his 50th year Ennis High School reunion. He enjoyed all sports, such as football, baseball and especially golf for which he coordinated several annual golf tournaments: First Baptist Church Golf for Missions, the Henderson County American Cancer Society, and Trinity Valley Community College Foundation. He was a loyal fan of TVCC sports, especially the Lady Cardinal Basketball team. He and his wife, Marylyn, were avid “adoptive parents” of the Lady Cardinals. His favorite color was red, especially “TVCC cardinal red.” He was a member of First Baptist Church in Athens, Texas where he served as a deacon and as a member of the Counting Committee for many years. Bill was also a Life Member of the Noon Day Kiwanis Club.

Bill was married to the love of his life, Marylyn Riley Wright in 1980. They shared their faith, music, family, and the love of serving in their community.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Frankie Lynn Nichols.

He is survived by daughter DeAnna Elaine Morris and husband Bob from New Braunfels, Texas, daughter Holly Dee Jenkins and husband Raymond of Palestine, Texas, and daughter Caroline Kay Sellers and husband Travis of Conway, Arkansas. Bill leaves a legacy of devotion and faith to seven grandchildren: DeAnna Lester, Courtney Rakofsky, Joshua Nichols, Mikayla Sellers, Tyler Sellers, Will Sellers, and Riley Sellers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the TVCC Foundation.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 P.M. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Hannigan Smith Funeral Home
    842 SE Loop 7
    ATHENS, TX 75752
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  • Service

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 3:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Athens
    105 S Carroll St
    ATHENS, TX 75751
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  • Interment

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 |
    Monday, January 13th, 2020
    Oaklawn Memorial Park
    3100 FM 317
    ATHENS, TX 75752
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Posted at 05:32pm
We knew Bill through his daughter Dee and son-in-law Bob
Morris. He was a friendly, happy, and joyful Christian man who was at home anywhere he went, and we always enjoyed spending time with him at birthday parties, special family gatherings, and visits with him and Dee and Bob. His love for life and others was a reflection of his strong character and belief in God. We extend our condolences to Dee and Bob and the entire family during this time of sorrow. This world's loss is Heaven's gain and he is singing with the angels now around God's throne.
Al and Mickey Fisher, Georgetown, Tx.

Karen Wimberley

Posted at 01:17pm
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I will always have memories of Bill when I worked in the FBC church office. Bill and Jerry Rushing were the go to guys when there was a project to be done. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. God bless, Karen and Glenn Wimberley

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