OBITUARY

Billy Wright

September 20, 1937April 21, 2013

Billy Wright was born on September 20,1937 to Robert and Ceola (Collier) Wright in Hollandale.. Mississippi. He was the youngest of their seven children and was preceded in death by his parents and all of their children, his siblings: Tartt, Robert Jr., Harry, Darnell, Clementine and Bobbie Jean. Bill passed away on April 21, 2013 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wa from complications of Dementia. Bill's family moved to the Seattle area when he was thirteen years old. He attended and graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle. He went on to attend Olympic College in Bremerton where he played basketball. He also attended Eastern Washington University where he played football. In 1960, he met Mary Wynetta Sayles in Seattle and they married in 1962 in San Francisco, California. They eventually returned to Seattle and of this union, two children were born: Alicia Monica and Michael Gerard. Bill became a Seattle Police officer in 1968 where he proudly served for 27 years. Bill was one of very few blacks on the department at that time. He, along with a few other black officers, was somewhat of a pioneer, paving the way and opening doors for other blacks and minorities that would eventually come along. Bill was the first black motorcycle officer in the history of the Seattle Police Department. He also went on to become a member of the Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team. Bill held many positions during his career. He started as a patrol officer and eventually rose through the ranks until he reached the rank of Major, which is the modern day equivalent to Assistant Chief. Bill was extremely hard working and loved his job, but he lived to provide for, support and love his family. He retired early at age 57 and was able to enjoy a long retirement. He was an avid golfer (once even scoring a hole in one, which was published in the Seattle Times), fisherman, jazz, sports and news enthusiast. He also enjoyed playing cards often with his friends. He was a handyman's handyman and could fix almost anything from cars to appliances to structural home repairs & remodeling. He was a perfectionist and there was almost nothing he could not fix. Bill lived a very full life. Though he accomplished many things in life, he remained a humble man. He was loved and respected by many. He was a friend, husband, and father but one of his most enjoyable roles in life was being "Papa". He spent his final 18 years loving and supporting his grandchildren: Christian, Austin, Justin, Jordan and Jayden. Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Wynetta, daughter Alicia Moss (Scott), son Michael Wright (Hannah), all five of his grandsons, his brother Albert Wright, sister-in-Iaws Vassie Wright (Harry), CeCe Wright (Tartt), Irma Jean Prescott and brother-in-Iaws Joseph N. Sayles and Benjamin Prescott, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services

  • Public Viewing Sunday, April 28, 2013
  • Catholic Funeral Mass Monday, April 29, 2013
  • Graveside Committal Monday, April 29, 2013
REMEMBERING

Billy Wright

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valerie naranjo

May 7, 2013

uncle billie you are missed we will all find comfort that you are no longer in pain RIP

Dr. James and Thea Smith

May 1, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Billy' family. We will really miss this long time friend.

Annie George

May 1, 2013

i met Billy when we were teenagers. We lost contact. My condolence to the family.

Annie George.

Fontella Moody

April 30, 2013

Alicia, Michael and Mrs. Wright - you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

With Love,
Fontella

April 30, 2013

May remembering help to ease the sorrow that you feel and bring peace and comfort to your heart.

Thinking of You
Johnny and Sharon Thierry (Tulsa,Oklahoma)

Joe Tolliver

April 30, 2013

I will miss walking the golf course (w/Bill) and talking about our families. You have such a strong and wonderful family and I am sure Bill is looking down at all of you and smiling. Continue to love one another and carry on his legacy.

April 30, 2013


Bill always conducted himself with dignity and was an outstanding police officer. As a young Patrolman, when there was a hot call or alarm and Bill was on duty with his motorcycle, you could always count on him for a fast back up. I later worked with him when he was in charge of the Crime Prevention Division and really got to appreciate his honesty and caring for everyone. Barbara and I will pray for him and his family and may God continue to Bless his Family, Randy and Barbara Tibbs

Mike & Karen Tando

April 29, 2013

Prayers sent to the Family......
From our SPD Family to yours,

April 29, 2013

A good man and a good cop!
Rest in peace brother.
John (Jack) Kriney, SPD Detective (ret)

Morris Horton

April 29, 2013

May God Bless You & your family. I first met Officer Wright when I was a did(early seventies) I think I was around 10 yrs old at the Sonic games.
I was able to see thru the uniform. He had a very kind spirit and was an very nice man. He begin my favorite police officer mainly because he look like me and my impression of police where not favorable. Over the years, I begin to see Officer Wright regularly and he spirit never changed. It's been 40 yrs and his early impact will live in my heart forever. I never met his family personally but He really left his foot prints and touch the lives of many. God bless your family ! His spirit will live forever in all our hearts. May the lord comfort you and thanks for sharing such a wonderful person with all of us. I know you will miss him dearly. Be strong and to the kids remember the things he shared and the life lesson he taught you. He was a great role model. It's something to always cherish. Always keep your head high, He spirit will always live inside of you and his lesson will help you through out life Best to all of his family. My prayers go out to all of you.