TUSCALOOSA Calvin E. (Ed) Wright, age 78, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on December 25, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2009, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel with Dr. Tim Lovett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the burial at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park.
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He is preceded in death by his parents, Effie and Louis Wright; his sister, Jane Johnson; brother, Paul Wright and his mother and father in- law, Linda and Tollie Williamson.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nell Williamson Wright; daughter, Kelly Wright Hurd; his special grandchildren, Morgan Alexandra Hurd and Hamilton Wright Hurd; his sister, Maude Marie Moore; brother, Henry Honkie Wright; his brother in-law, Sim T. Patterson, all of Tuscaloosa, a sister in-law, Louise Waldrop, of Hermitage Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.
From humble beginnings, Ed became a successful businessman. He worked hard to become a very successful contractor and property owner. He started his construction business in 1958 and continued working six days a week until his illness slowed him down. He was proud of his achievements. At a young age, he said once, Someday I want to own that building referring to the First National Bank Building on the corner of Greensboro Ave. and University Blvd. in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Ed achieved this goal in August 2008 at the age of 77, which he purchased the bank building. Ed set goals and worked diligently to accomplish them.
Ed traveled around the world several times and traveled to most countries. His travels were with Nell, Kelly, and in later years with Morgan and Hamilton. We have many wonderful memories of these trips. He loved Alabama football, attending all games possible, and the Tuscaloosa Black Bears. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was proud of his family, especially his grandchildren. We are all so lucky to have experienced life with this wonderful man. Throughout his illness he maintained his wit and dignity. We will always remember him for that. Ed was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and especially admired his Bible Study teacher, Herb Ashcraft.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested for Calvary Baptist Church, 1121 Paul Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, Al 35401, Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, Al 35404 and The Salvation Army, 2902 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Al 35401.
Pallbearers are Clell Hobson, Rex Spruill, Jerry Belk, Bill Wright, Mike Wright, Hootie Ingram, Al Hutchins, Bruce Stephenson, Bob Wells and William Lawley.
Honorary pallbearers are Dale and James Vice and family, Valerie Wright and family, Linda Wright and family, Pam Wells, Ruth Spruill and family, Jim and Nell Hixon, Shirley Stephenson and family, Mary Anna and Haley Grant and family, Jane Newton and family, Gayle and George Carter and family, Karen Kisor and family, Randall Bobo, Clint and Jean Watson, James Mitchell, George Patton and family, Dr. Frank Patton and family, Oneida Allen, Dexter Montz, Flora Tidmore, Angela Bale, Faye Strickland and Glenda, Ruth and Leroy Mcabee, C.D. Bale, Babs and Michael Anderson, Ed Williamson, Cathy O'Connor, Lynn and Melinda Corder, Shannon and Jack Thompson, Jo Lawley , Robyn Daniels, Karen Hawkins, Doris Hutchins, members of the William Davis Sunday School Class, past and present employees of Wright/Hurd Properties , friends and staff of Pritchett Moore, ICI Paints, all of the Black Bear Members, friends and staff at American Christian Academy and his travel group, doctors and staff at the DCH Cancer Center, Hospice of West Alabama and his favorite sitters Sherice Prince, GiGi Hawkins ,Barbara Cross, Constance Fosters , and David Renfore, employees of Waysider Restaurant and his waitress, Dixie and the employees of Wright's Restaurant in Alberta City.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Dec. 27, 2009