HUGH WRIGHT, 90
BARTOW - Orrin Hughitt "Hugh" Wright, age 90, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of natural causes.
Born March 21, 1923 in Hinsdale, IL, Mr. Wright was a resident of Polk County since 1925. He was a graduate of Summerlin Institute and Michigan College of Mining & Technology. He proudly served as an officer on Navy submarines during WWII
, graduating first in his class at Naval midshipman's school at Columbia University. As a Navy Officer he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Medal. Having met his Navy nurse bride aboard a submarine in Pearl Harbor, they were married in San Francisco, February 2, 1946. After earning his degree as a mining engineer, he returned to Florida where he was involved in the phosphate industry until his retirement.
He was a longtime member of the Bartow First Presbyterian Church and extremely active in the Polk County Historical Association where he served as co-editor of the quarterly. He had a lifelong interest in history and genealogy.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Edith Wright Hartley; his parents David Morgan Wright Sr. & Edith Wright; a brother David Morgan Wright Jr.
Mr. Wright is survived by his wife of 67 years, Freddie Wright of Bartow; three daughters, Barbara Fite (Mike), Lutz, FL, Anne Wright (Ralph Roberts), Tallahassee, & Marian Wright, Windermere, FL; & 6 grandchildren, Greg & Aaron Hartley, Amy (Nabil Boukhrissi), Elise, Michael & David Letanosky.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 10-11 AM at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Polk Historical Society or the Bartow First Presbyterian Church. Condolences to family atwww.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com