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Funeral services for Ned Wright, 86, of Clovis, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 17, 2008, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Kenneth Broad, John Forrest, and Fr. Ben Wright officiating.  Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Jimmy Gilliland, Gene Woodcock, Jim Hileman, Bob Sikes, Dudley Clark, Fred Modisette, Dean Hodges and Don Bryant serving as pallbearers.  John Cornell, Frank Hine, Weldon Jones, Perry Winkles, Danny Bryant, Guy Bryant, Brad Hodges, Brent Hodges, Scot Hodges, and Denton Modisette along with all of his coffee drinking friends from McDonald's will be honorary pallbearers. 
The family requests that those desiring to make memorial contributions may send them to the Christian Campus House, 223 S. Ave. K, Portales, NM 88130.
Ned Wright was born January 9, 1922, in Olustee, OK, to Beulah and Olen Wright and died September 14, 2008, at his home in Clovis.  The Wright family moved to the Floyd community in 1937, and then settled in Portales in 1939.  Ned graduated from Portales High School in 1940. 
On Jan. 20, 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and served in Africa for the majority of World War II as a radio operator.  Shortly after returning home at the end of the War, he met Marida Bryant, and the couple were married in Portales on July 13, 1946.  They had recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary.  Mr. Wright worked at Ribble Lumber Co. in Portales from 1945 until 1963 when he began working with John Cornell Construction in Clovis as a construction estimator.  He continued to make his home in Portales until 1974, when he moved to Clovis.  In 1963, Ned began taking night classes in accounting at Eastern New Mexico University, and earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1970.  He retired from Cornell Construction in 1984.
While living in Portales, Ned was a member of Central Christian Church.  While living in Clovis, he belonged to First Christian Church.  He had served in his congregations as a deacon as well as an elder, and had held nearly every office on the board.  He was one of the founding board members of the Christian Campus House on the university campus.  He also belonged to the "42" League and the VFW.  Ned was a very talented woodworker.  He built beautiful pieces ranging from furniture to toys.
He is survived by his wife, Marida of the home;  two daughters, Candy Wright and Kathy Wright both of Clovis; a sister, Edith Goff of Texarkana, TX; and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Lewis Wright who died in 1990.
Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary, 575-356-4455.
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