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Dr. Robert Hampton Wright


1931 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Robert Hampton Wright died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Ga., after a lengthy illness.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, with Reverend Charles Hasty Jr. officiating, with Striffler-Hamby Mortuary in Columbus handling arrangements. The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dr. Wright was born Dec. 31,1931, in West Palm Beach, Fla., to the late Eunice Patterson and Thomas Baker Wright. The family moved to Columbus, Ga. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1949. He attended Emory at Oxford, Ga., and graduated in 1951 with honors and then enrolled at Emory University School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1955. He was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental fraternity.
After college, he was commissioned in the Navy Dental Corps serving in Charleston, S.C., and Yokosuka, Japan. Upon discharge from the Navy, he opened his dental practice in Columbus, where he spent the next 38 years, retiring at the end of 1996.
Dr. Wright was a life member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association and the Western District Society. He was active in youth baseball while his sons were growing up, and was a charter member of the Columbus Civic Chorale, serving as president at the time of its incorporation. He was an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus.
Dr. Wright is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Drumheller Wright, formerly of Staunton, Va., and currently living in Columbus; two sons, Robert H. Wright Jr. and daughter-in-law Lisa of Pine Mountain, Ga., and Thomas E. Wright, of Tallahassee, Fla.; two grandchildren, Samantha Wright and Robert H. Wright III, of Columbus; one brother, Jamie T. Wright and Betty, of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Peggy Stiegel, of Alamogordo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ga., or the PAWS animal shelter in Columbus.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 19 to Mar. 4, 2008
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