A native of Water Valley, MS, Dan was born on August 8, 1938 to the late Weston and Irene Stewart Wright. He retired from Illinois Central Railroad as a General Foreman but had held many jobs within the organization including Round House Foreman and teaching student engineers. He volunteered at local schools, especially when his children were school age, educating children about the importance of the railroad system. He was awarded Parent-Teacher Association Life Membership, the highest award given by the Tennessee PTA. He was a longtime member of Church of Nazarene where he loved teaching Adult and Young Married Sunday School classes. He also served in the U.S. Army and National Guard, was a former Boy Scout leader and Kentucky Colonel.
Dan is survived by his wife, Brenda Rankin Wright; five children, Krystal Lepeard Stevens (Jeremy) of Paducah, Kari Wright and fiancé Ben Hughes of Paducah, Jeff Dees (Rene) of Metropolis, IL, Lorri Phillips (David) of Water Valley, MS, and Randy Wright (Cindy) of Memphis, TN; seven grandchildren, Brandon Wright, Wes and Mary Wright, Matthew Phillips, Taylor and McKenzie Lepeard and Ashley Dees; two brothers, John Wright (Margaret) of Southhaven, MS and Dean Wright (Barbara) of Hernando, MS; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was a brother, Gearrell Wright and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home with Reverends Russ Frazier, Dean Wright and Dave Woosley officiating.
Burial will follow at Mt. Kenton Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Contributions may be made to Church of Nazarene, 2626 Adams Street, Paducah, KY 42001 or Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.
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