Alan Bentley Wright, 49, of Columbia, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Woodcrest Chapel. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until time of services at the chapel.
Bentley was born on March 29, 1963, in Kansas City, to Forrest H. and Marjorie R. (Grace) Wright. He was currently enrolled at Stephens College. He received his juris doctorate degree from University of California-Davis in 1994, and had bachelor's degrees in history and economics from the University of California-Berkeley. He also attended New College Berkeley, University of Missouri, Southwest Baptist University and State Fair Community College. He was a 1981 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and attended Boonville High School from 1977 until 1980. Bentley was a former member of the California and Missouri Bar Associations and a member of the California Alumni Association. He was an active participant of Woodcrest Chapel and the Theological Education Initiative.
Bentley was supporter of the Coyote Hill Children's Home in Harrisburg, and served as a practicing attorney in Boone County from 2001 until 2012. He also served as a legal consultant for My Life Clinic.
Bentley served as an inspiration to many people. He was a quadriplegic, suffering a broken neck in 1982. He loved sports and contributed to many local and national charitable organizations. He was an eclectic evangelical who believed in the importance of critical thinking, theological education and intentional living. He never hesitated to love others and risked willingly in all endeavors. He was loved by all who knew him.
Survivors include his brother, Hartley; sister-in-law, Kelly; niece, Madison; and nephew, Micah Wright, all of Columbia.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Laura Yvonne Wright, and his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Coyote Hill Children's Home or the