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Calvin S. Wright

December 8, 1946October 5, 2020
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Calvin Wright, age 73, passed away October 4, 2020 at his home. He was born December 8, 1946 in Knoxville, TN, graduated from Bearden High School in 1964 and then from East Tennessee State University in 1969 with a BS degree in Business Management and Accounting. He worked as Vice President of Operations for Giant Food Markets of Kingsport for 15 years until they were purchased by Food Lion. He then owned and operated Wrights Country Cuisine restaurant in Kingsport for 20 years. He also owned and operated Damon’s Bar and Grill for 5 years. After the restaurant business, he worked for Goodwill Industries as retail manager and later as Executive Director for the Downtown Kingsport Association. Calvin moved to Knoxville in 2010 to live and take care of his mother at Norris Lake who lived to be 101 and after her death he started working full time for his brother at Wright’s Cafeteria in Knoxville. He was very active in the community most of his life serving in the Kingsport and Clinton Civitan Clubs for over 45 years and proudly represented the clubs as Governor of the Appalachian District. In the past, he was involved with the Chamber of Commerce and United Way. He was a good son to his parents. He enjoyed his family time with his brother and sister. They always remained close. His brother David was his lifetime best friend. He enjoyed traveling with him and working with him until the end of his life. He finished his life with the ultimate experience of seeing a U.T. football game from the skybox. He loved going to the ballgames with all his family for over 50 years. Preceded in death by parents, J.B. Wright and Ella Mae Wright of Knoxville. Survived by daughters, Sonja Lee (Paul), Stephanie Williams (Terry), Christine Wright; son, Calvin Wright, Jr.; brother, David Wright (Donna); sister, Janice Kelley (Jerry); seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; best friend, and racket ball player John Kestner and beloved girlfriend, Jean Walker. Visitation will be Saturday at Weaver’s Chapel from 4:00-7:00 pm with service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Civitan Clubs of Kingsport and Clinton. Condolences are welcome at weaverfuneralservices.com Weaver Funeral Home 5815 Western Ave. Knoxville, TN 37921

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

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Guy Hawkins

October 11, 2020

I truly valued my friendship with Calvin in those few high school years when our paths coincided. I worked at his family's store on Middlebrook Pike, 1963 into 1965. Though he was two years older and two grades beyond me, he accepted me and "pal-ed" with me like I was a "kid brother". We definitely occupied different orbits at Bearden High School, but Calvin didn't seem to notice or care.....he had a heart of gold! During those two years, he befriended me, he coached and mentored me, he helped me navigate that road that leads from childhood to youth and young-adulthood. I had no transportation, so Calvin frequently carted me to and from home, school, and work in his 1955 Chevy (two-toned, white and peach, I think). He and I frequently played tennis at Tyson Park, and as we sat on the sideline waiting for a court, I got to know him well. I remember him so vividly! He encouraged me to explore and grow, at a time in my life when I needed it. He was a caring and generous soul, for sure, and we are all poorer now that this great man has left us.

Mitch and Melanie Martino

October 9, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!

Joe Stallard

October 8, 2020

I was privileged to meet Calvin on a personal level when we had our Kingsport North Gideon meetings at Wright's Cafeteria in Kingsport. I had always admired Calvin for hiring so many people that others would turn away. That showed me what the man was really like, he had a heart for all. Calvin desired to provide the best food available to each and every customer that crossed his path. I loved to talk UT football with him and he was passionate about them. Many people in Kingsport missed Wright's Cafeteria and now they will reflect and miss Calvin. May God Bless the entire family.

DARCI HODGE

October 8, 2020

From Betty Miller,

I knew Calvin from his work at Wright's Cafeteria and always looked forward to talking to him and sharing stories of UT football and food. I am shocked and sad that he is gone, but I treasure our conversations and his kindness. He is truly memorable.

My prayers are with his family and friends who have lost a precious man.

william ray

October 8, 2020

This is Bill Ray, life-long friend of the whole Wright family from early days at Central Baptist Church, Bearden. I grew up with David, Calvin and Janice in Church and at Bearden School. I just want to extend my deepest sympathies to all, and especially to Calvin's children and to David and Janice and their families. . My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bill Ray

Tawana Jennings

October 8, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My mother, Lois Jennings worked for your dad and mom many years making the pies and mexican cornbread. She loved them dearly and loved her job until cancer took her away. I remember many days and night spent there at wrights country cuisine. Many fun times and they always treated me and my family like family. I know your hearts are hurting and God says he will mend the broken hearted. Sending love and prayers to each one of you during this time.

Mary McKeehan Childress

October 8, 2020

Janice, so sorry to learn of Calvin’s passing. Remember him and your family well growing up in Westmoreland.

Jean and charlie Sexton

October 7, 2020

We are so very sad to hear of Calvin’s passing we have enjoyed our friendship with him for a long time and will miss him. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of the children and family.

Tammy BROWN

October 7, 2020

My prayers are with Jean and the family. Calvin was always smiling. He will be missed greatly

Janice Baldwin

October 7, 2020

Calvin was a good employee to work with. He was kind, considerate, and helpful. He will be greatly missed by many. Prayers for the family.

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