Johnnie WRIGHT

WRIGHT, JohnnieTrue pioneer of country music, Johnnie Wright, age 97, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at his home in Madison, TN. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 2 p.m., at the Madison Church of Christ, with Bro. Steve North officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, with his nephews serving as Pallbearers. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be his former band members, The Tennessee Mountain Boys. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., and again on Friday from 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Johnnie was born on May 13, 1914 in Mt. Juliet, TN to the late John Robert and Maggie Hughley Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Ruby Wright Taylor. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Muriel Deason Wright "Kitty Wells"; son, Bobby Wright; daughter, Sue Wright Sturdivant; grandchildren, Larry (Duke) Stephenson, Kitty Ervin, Corrie Cluck, LeAnn Henson, Kamela Stewart, John Sturdivant, Jr., David Sturdivant and Stephanie Sturdivant; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and devoted nieces and nephews. He was a member of Madison Church of Christ where he served for many years as a deacon. He was founding member of the Madison's Children's Home. Johnnie began his career in 1937 with his wife, Kitty Wells, Queen of Country Music. He later formed the legendary duo, Johnnie & Jack, with his brother-in-law, Jack Anglin, acclaimed as The Most Popular Country Duo of the 1950s. After Jack's death in 1963, Johnnie charted a #1 single as a solo artist. His song "Hello Vietnam" was popularized in the movie "Full Metal Jacket". Johnnie continued his career touring with The Family Show until 2007. All visitation and services will be held at Madison Church of Christ, 106 Gallatin Rd. North, Madison, TN 37115. AUSTIN & BELL-Springfield, (615) 384-1000.

Published in The Tennessean from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2011