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Albert Arthur Wright

Born July 18, 1924
Died February 26, 2018

Christian, Musician, Soldier, Traveler; Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather

Albert Arthur was born to Grace Blanche and Albert Roscoe Wright in Chandler, Oklahoma. He grew up in Wynnewood, Oklahoma being called Arthur in a prosperous, loving, Methodist family. He learned all about cotton and watched the Saturday afternoon dime Western double feature at the cinema. After high school and a year as a bugler at Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri, he served in the U.S. Army (Hellcats) in Europe in World War II. His service concluded after a stint as a student at the University of Glasgow with his friend Jerry Shuster.

After returning from Europe, he studied for a year at the University of Oklahoma with his cousin Carl Leslie before moving to Long Beach, California with his family and completing his education at USC where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. On July 12, 1953, he married Los Angeles native Mary Emma Wright at First Methodist Church in Long Beach. They bought a house in Long Beach, raised two daughters and were in love for 53 years until her death in 2006. After a short stint in advertising and life insurance, Al's professional life was spent in Church Business Administration for First Methodist Long Beach, the California-Pacific United Methodist Conference, and First Baptist Lakewood. After retirement, Al and Mary Emma traveled widely in their motorhome Goldie, as well as doing Elderhostels and traveling overseas.

His lifelong love of music was shared with his family, church choirs, and fellows at the Barbershop Harmony Society. Throughout his life, Al was a gardener and handyman, growing flowers and vegetables and building toys and a playhouse for his daughters and grandchildren. His lip-syncs to old Andy Griffith hayseed records were the highlight of any party at which he chose to perform them. His love of Westerns shifted from screen to page; later in life he became a vociferous reader of Louis L'Amour. He started a Barbershop Quartet and sang in the choir after he moved to Bixby Towers where he was known as Albert. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Emma Wright. Albert Arthur is survived by younger sister Carolyn Silkwood and her husband Gordon, two daughters, Jennifer Marie and Rebecca (Becki) Grace Wright, Becki's husband Steve Sherman, grandchildren Barbara Platt and Alan Sherman and their spouses Forrest Platt and Andrea Sherman, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great-grand nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Services will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, April 7th at Los Altos United Methodist Church. Donations in his memory can be made to Los Altos United Methodist Church at 5950 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815.
Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2018
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