Don Wayne Wright

March 26, 1944April 15, 2021

Don Wayne Wright, age 77, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Don was born on March 26, 1944 in Crockett Mills, TN. He retired from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in 2002 as Chief Deputy after 36 years of service. After retirement in 2002, Don helped create the FedEx Air Carrier Police, where he served as its First Chief until 2008. Don was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister. Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Wright, his children; Tim Wright (Teresa), Scott Wright (Janie Jo), Tracie Tilley, eight grandchildren; Gaby Kuhl (Seth), Erica, Nicole Barber (Cody), Stephen, Austin, Anna Caroline, Andrew, Eli, and four great grandchildren; AnnElyse, Ella, Ryder, and Bristol.

The family will receive friends from 5pm until 8pm, on Monday, April 19, 2021, with a funeral service at 2pm, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Faith Baptist Church, 3755 N Germantown Pkwy, Bartlett, TN 38133.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Memphis Union Mission or the Salvation Army.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Wright family.


  • Betty Wright, Wife of 56 years
  • Tim Wright (Teresa), Child
  • Scott Wright (Janie Jo), Child
  • Tracie Tilley, Child
  • Gaby Kuhl (Seth), Grandchild
  • Erica, Grandchild
  • Nicole Barber (Cody), Grandchild
  • Stephen, Grandchild
  • Austin, Grandchild
  • Anna Caroline, Grandchild
  • Andrew, Grandchild
  • Eli, Grandchild
  • AnnElyse, Great Grandchild
  • Ella, Great Grandchild
  • Ryder, Great Grandchild
  • Bristol, Great Grandchild
  • He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.


  • Family will receive friends

    Monday, April 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021


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Jim and Pam Crawford

April 24, 2021

We will always remember Don for his love of the Lord, his family, his church, and his community. He served all of them well, and we are blessed to have known him and to have served along with him at Bartlett Baptist. We pray for Betty, the children, their spouses, and the grandchildren to be comforted with the many sweet memories they made with him.
"Jesus said, I AM The Resurrection and The Life. He who believes in Me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die..." John 11-25-26

Hickman Ewing

April 20, 2021

Sad to hear about Don's passing. Enjoyed working together "back in the day" when he was a law enforcement leader and role model. I was in the U.S. Attorney's Office at the time and got to know him well. I also held him in high esteem. May our God richly comfort you during this time.

Wanda Owen

April 18, 2021

When I think of Don, My minds picture is a big wide smile. I don’t think I ever saw him without one. It feels like I’ve know him for all my life, and it has been many years. I was probably a 12-13 year old when he and Betty came into our lives. We were also neighbors for several years. Go rest high Don knowing you did your job well and without a doubt you have a beautiful family waiting to see you again in heaven someday.