H.E. Wright, Jr.
CANTON — Harley Estus “H.E.” Wright Jr. passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Harley Estus Wright Sr. and Bessie Lee Rice Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Jimison and one brother, Max Wright.
H.E. was a veteran of the United States Army. Upon his return from active duty, he worked for his father, Harley E. Wright Sr., owner and publisher of the Canton Enterprise. Prior to his retirement in 1995, Harley was employed in quality control with Champion Paper & Fiber Company with 36 years of service. He enjoyed being an active member of Snug Harbor. H.E. was a trustee for the North Canton Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Beaverdam United Methodist Church. Motorcycles, horseback riding, farming, restoration of a 1926 Model T Ford and collecting various antiques were among many things he enjoyed. He will always be remembered as an excellent mechanic.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Mason Wright; a daughter, Melissa Truitt and her husband, Tom, of Lake Junaluska; three sons, Bob Wright and his wife, Polly, of Decatur, Alabama, Carl Wright and his wife, Jill, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Lee Wright and his wife, Janet, of Savannah, Tennessee; 10 grandchildren, Josh Wright, Carol Johnson, Wesley, Alex, Natalie, Alan, Taylor and Robbie Wright and Luke and Lyndsey Kinsland; two step-grandsons, Brandon and Austin Truitt; four great-grandchildren, Emeri, Maddox, Selah and John Wesley Wright; and one step great-granddaughter, Grace Johnson.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Wayne Carson and James Johnson (grandson-in-law) officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Canton Area Historical Museum, 36 Park St., Canton, NC 28716.
An online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.