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Joe Wright, 78
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Mr. Joe Wright, 78, of McMinnville died Saturday, Feb. 19, at Ascension St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.

He was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Smithville, was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and was of the Baptist faith. He retired from teaching at Eastside Elementary after 30 years in the Warren County School System, and retired from Kroger after 32 years of employment. Joe was an avid fan of all Vandy sports, liked watching the Preds, and enjoyed putting together picture albums. 

Joe is survived by his wife of 50 years Patricia Ray Wright, son and daughter-in-law Seth and Ashley Wright, brothers Mark (Hilda) Wright and Bobby (Marie) Wright, and brother-in-law Delbert (Linda) Ray, along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Wright was preceded in death by parents Johnnie and Delma Blankenship Wright, siblings Buel Wright and Arleath (Gwin) Childers, father-in-law and mother-in-law J.T. and Clistie Marsh Ray, and brother-in-law Jerry (Brenda) Ray.

Funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Jim Hunt will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation with the Wright family will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. Monday. The wearing of face masks is required by the family and social distancing is highly encouraged.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels. Former students and teachers he worked with are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 20, 2022