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Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens

1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Mr. Melmond "Bucky" Mannington Wright IV

October 9, 1958May 5, 2020
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Bucky (Melmond Mannington Wright IV) passed away unexpectedly on May 5, 2020 at the age of 61. Bucky was born in Savannah, Ga., on October 9, 1958 and lived in Jacksonville Beach ever since he was a young child. He attended Seabreeze Elementary and loved playing Pop Warner football with his many friends. He graduated from Fletcher High in 1977 and remained active with his graduating class. Bucky was a Fletcher football player, DeMolay member, prom king and track star who was loved by everyone he met.

Bucky worked in the barricade business for over thirty years. He loved entertaining and was always the life of the party. Bucky was a barbecue master, self-appointed comedian, avid golfer, loved tailgating at Jaguar games, and he excelled at clay skeet shooting. He loved driving his "buggy" all over the beaches, visiting his many friends. Bucky was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Bucky never met a stranger and his friends were like family to him.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Wright; his children, Olivia Wright, Quint Wright, Char-Lee Anne Hastings (Daniel); grandson, Kennedy Hastings; mother, Marie Wright; brother, Kely Wright; sisters, Kimi Upton and Cody Wright; his sister-in-law, Cathy, brother-in-law, Hank (Kelly) and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with family from 1-4 pm on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. Guests are encouraged to wear beach casual attire as Bucky would insist on it!

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    Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Mr. Melmond "Bucky" Mannington Wright IV

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Viki Hodgins

May 30, 2020

I met Bucky during my first date with my husband, Joe, in the early 1980's. He was Joe's best friend from Fletcher and confidant. Bucky became a devoted friend and we were fortunate to have him always nearby. Later, he was the best man at our wedding. Bucky and his family were always a part of our life, from beach outings when the kids were young, birthday and holiday parties, as well as, vacations. In fact, Joe and Bucky were planning another trip to New Hampshire this Fall. I feel blessed to have known him and will cherish my memories of the time we spent together.
Peace and encouragement to Cindy, Char-lee Anne, Olivia, Quint, and Kennedy.

Kimi Wright Upton

May 26, 2020

Bucky, you were ALWAYS loved, and ALWAYS will be! I’m at peace. Please tell Daddy, P’Pat, Grandmama, Florence, and the host of others that held their arms open to welcome you that I love and miss them. When Mom, Cody, Kely or I leave this world I pray you will be there with your arms wide open.

Scott Campbell

May 26, 2020

Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. Bucky's time here was way to short, but the time he had he used well! His willingness to help anyone, his generosity and fun positive outlook on life will be missed. The Fletcher reunions will never be the same!

Keaton Graves

May 23, 2020

Uncle Bucky,
He was always the life of the party. out of all the years if been living I've never once seen him in a bad mood. He filled the backyard with jokes 24/7. He always gave me good advice about things. When my parents were going through a divorce he would pull me to the side and talk about it to me. Ask me how i felt, and how i should handle the situation. My parents have been divorced for almost 4 years, and the last time i talked to him he still ask how i was doing with it. you will forever be missed...
Keaton Graves

Travis Graves

May 23, 2020

Uncle Bucky ---------- (AMBASSADOR OF LIFE)

As the days pass on and the grieving process continues, I realize more and more how special Bucky was to me. He has thought me so many things in life. How to LAUGH and always look at the bright side of things. How to listen and how to love. The most thing Bucky took seriously is his cooking and entertaining.(with a new joke and smile on face.) Every holiday and family gathering will not be the same. I will cherish every memory with him.

Ryan Hodgins

May 23, 2020

Bucky was one of those guys that could light up a room, any room. Whenever I saw him he always had a new joke to tell or made some kind of remark to put a smile on my face. His upbeat and positive nature always put me in a good mood. I never had a bad day whenever I saw him.
Every time I hung out with him I would always get a new perspective on things. I would always be impressed by his ability to talk to anyone and become instant friends with them, or the way he would fix things around his house to make them work. He doesn't fix it up, he "bucks" it up. He was also a giver, whether its Jaguars tickets, a party at his house, or taking me and my dad out to lunch Bucky would always offer. He wanted his friends to be happy.
I don't think I've ever met anyone like Bucky and I probably won't ever again. He was one of a kind and I am going to miss him dearly. Thank you Bucky for being such a great friend to my family and for all the great memories you've given me.

Jeannie Clemens

May 22, 2020

For the beloved Ambassador of Life 😇.
I remember meeting you in the, uhm, yeah, that grade. I asked how the Bucky came about. Answer, dad’s named Buck. Thanks Bucky. Back to, Bucky, “why is?” To this day, I have no answer, but I can laugh about it.
Tashakor, for leaving footprints on my ❤️. I will have fond memories of my BFF, as that is how I felt you were to me during those years, and still are. You were always there for me, no judgement, just input given when needed.
We always were cutting up and LOAO until we were OTFL. The look Cindy gave those times, straight jacket wasn’t far behind. You shall be missed, but not forgotten. If we all had a slice of Bucky, 27,000 slices, wouldn’t be enough to share. We would have to go to the cellular level, because he touched so many lives in unique ways. (Sorry, Bucky wanted me to type laugh). If you may remember the saying, “ One time at band camp” from “American Pie” movie; well, in this case, you would say, “ you remember when Bucky”. And you already are breaking into a 😊. I will try to cheer on Bucky’s beloved Georgia Bulldogs, still can’t fathom why THEM. Especially if against FSU even though they may be in another conference. But not when it’s against the Gators. Dean can do that!
Delam barat tang shode
These messages were approved and paid for by Bucky, 👼
C u in a little bit
Khuda hafiz 😇

Jeff Gilbert

May 22, 2020

When my family moved to Jax Beach in 1969, we had the great fortune to live two doors down from the Wright family. My memories of Bucky from that first year were of him usually being in his Pop Warner jersey and always having a smile on his face. I thought he was a great kid. We moved a couple of blocks away, but I saw and talked to him often. Going forward I did not see him as much, but would get updates about him from his family and people we knew in common. Flash forward to the summer of 2019, and a Memorial Service for another friend of ours from the neighborhood. Up rolls Bucky and Dean in the Buggy, and Bucky calls out my name. I realized then that I had not talked to him in 45 years. As the writers of all of these memorials can attest, it was as if no time whatsoever had passed. It was so good to catch up with him, even under unfortunate circumstances. It seems to me that Bucky was like a Shooting Star, who shone a great deal of light into the lives of so many people in his too short time here. He touched so many people, and not by some grand plan, but just by being Bucky.

Quint Wright

May 22, 2020

My Dad,
Some of you knew him as Bucky, Dad,or Pops. If you knew my dad you knew that he was always the life of the party, the social butterfly, or your biggest pain in your ass. I would never have thought that I would be in the position so soon. Dad was stubborn, it was his way or the highway sometimes. To this day I still don’t stop for a restroom break on a road trip. We learned growing up that we had to hold it till it said 0 miles to empty. Dad also had a gentle side, he would do anything for anyone, and always had your back no matter what.Dad passed away on one of the biggest days of our lives. May 5, 2018 was the day I graduated college.To this day I remember the smile he had on his face the whole day. Dad showed up to graduation 3 hours before it even began,he tried to convince them to open the doors so he could get the best seat. He called me at least a dozen times, wondering why I wasn’t there. Graduation didn’t start till 10 and I didn’t have to be there till 8. I was still in bed sleeping! Dad didn’t show emotions sometimes. That day through his smile I knew, how truly proud he was of me. After that day, he never joked again to his friends that I was ruining his retirement by spending 8 years in college!Dad did show tough love in some weird ways. One of my favorite was when Olivia and I were coming home from a soccer game. He told us that he and mom were getting a divorce. He told us that it wasn’t that he didn’t love our mother, but it was me and Olivia’s behavior. Dad pulled over to a funeral home, and said let’s have one more family hug. By this point Olivia and I were pleading. We were confessing how sorry we were for fighting and that we would never do it again.We get out of the car for the “last” family hug. While under the big oak tree hugging, dad yells, “psyche! we are getting a new car!”.Dad thank you for everything you did for Mom,Char-Lee Anne, Olivia,Kennedy,Daniel, and me-the last standing Melmond Mannington Wright. I got it it from here..

Heather Baerga

May 22, 2020

Dan Williams once told me, Bucky never met a stranger. When you met him, he became your friend. How true! A friend that will be greatly missed by everyone here at Safety Contractors.

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