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Berry Highland West

9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

James Curtis Wright Sr.

October 31, 1944February 23, 2020

James C. Wright, Sr. (Jim) - On Sunday February 23, 2020 James C. Wright, Sr., 75, of Seymour a loving husband and father passed away surrounded by his family at home. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He attended St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Fatima Schools. He was a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School class of 1963 going on to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He began his professional career at South Atlantic Sales. In 1980 he and wife Karen acquired Vinyard Floor Covering which continues to be family owned and operated. He served his country in the United States Army Reserve and Air National Guard. He had a great admiration for Service Men and Veterans. Jim loved his church and was an active member he enjoyed organizing breakfast with his homemade biscuits. He supported youth sports he coached t-ball, peewee football and AYSO soccer. He served on the St. Joseph School Board and later AGAPE. Jim was instrumental in the growth of North Knoxville Business & Professional Association where he worked to organized the first of many Happy Hollar Street Fairs. Preceded in death by parents Kiddo and Curt Wright, sisters Rosemary Malach and Carolyn Huber. Survived by his loving wife of 50 years Karen Marshall Wright, sons Jim Wright, Jr. (Shelly McDonald) Kevin Wright (Wolfgang Schaber), daughter Kara Wright Pritchard son-in-law Merv, grandchildren Delana Pearl and Madison J.C. Pritchard. Brother-in-law Gilbert Malach and Larry “Mikey” Gray who were unwavering in their love and support. Acknowledgment to the physical therapist Liberty and Allan. Much appreciation to the caregivers Nicki, Charissa and Stella for their love, patience and compassion. Thank you to Dr. Todd Peters for his care and support. Thank you to Layla of Tennessee Cancer Specialist and Wayne Caris Healthcare. Saturday March 7 @ 11:00a.m. we will celebrate his eternal life with Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 414 W. Vine Ave. 37902. A celebration of his life will follow from 12:00-2:30p.m. at Crowne Plaza 401 W. Summit Hill Dr. 37902. In lieu of flowers donations to Ladies of Charity, Knoxville or Honor Air Knoxville can be made. “This is the day the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24

Services

  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Billy Huff

March 6, 2020

Didn’t know Jim that long but if he was like his son Jim Jr, he was truly a man of good will, knowing Jim Jr is such a great friendship he must of had many friends though out life, May God bless him and his family. Sincerely, Bill Huff Jr.

Tom Donaldson

March 6, 2020

I had his youngest boy Kevan in Scouts for many years. He was always wanting to help and always much fun to be around. When he got their pontoon boat he liked nothing better than to cruise a while and we always solved ALL the CIty of Knoxvilles problems o these cruises and our many talks. He would have made a great Mayor. I will always remember I'm and Karen as one of my best friends.

Tom Haws

March 6, 2020

We remember Jim for his upbeat friendly personality and his perfectionism. He always had a smile, a story, and was meticulous regarding his business and his boat. He wasn't a great golfer, but was a lot of fun playing in the Shamrock Golf Tournament. He was a good man, and we will miss him.

Tom & Janet Haws

Cecilia Oaks

March 5, 2020

Some people come into our lifes to brighten it up, you are one of them Jim Sr. I will forever cherish all the conversations we had as you exercised. You giving that sly smile and calling me Hitler. You always had a smile and a story to tell. You were one of a kind Honest, Loyal, Faithful friend. My life is richer from having known you and you amazing family!! I will see you again one day. Love to Karen, Kara, Jim Jr. ,Kevin and the girls.

Jim Painter

February 28, 2020

Rest In Peace, my friend. I plan on seeing you in heaven!

Jim

Paul Balitsaris

February 28, 2020

So sorry to hear about Jim. I always got a big kick out him. You all are such a great family! All my sympathy

William Norris

February 28, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Wright family, Jim and I graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School the same year and have been lifetime friends. He will be missed.

Leslie Sholly

February 28, 2020

We will miss seeing him at Mass. His faithful attendance over the last several years has been an inspiration. We are praying for all of you.

Charlotte Frye

February 28, 2020

Knew Jim and Karen from children being at First Lutheran School, Remember making a trip with him to Hickory NC for the boys playing basketball.Always such a nice caring man! Prayers and thoughts are with this precious family. Charlotte Frye

angela ferguson

February 28, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Sending lots of prayers and love your way as you navigate through this difficult time!

Love,
The Hill Family- The late Ronald Hill, wife Judy and daughter Angela Hill Ferguson

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