Charles Edward Wright

Born in Hartselle, AL on October 10, 1919

Departed on November 25, 2015 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Wright, Charles Edward

 

Husband, father, grandfather, friend, World War II veteran, Auburn University fan, and pharmacist. Died November 25, 2015, at age 96. Born October 10, 1919, in Hartselle, Alabama, he was known as Charlie, Doc, and NeeNee to his friends and family. Preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Virginia B. Wright, and his parents and four siblings. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law John and Betty Lou Wright and Paul and Sally Wright; grandson, Matt (Donia) Wright; brother Robert (Martha) Wright; several nieces and nephews. Graduating from Morgan County High School in Hartselle in 1939, he proudly served during WWII in the U.S. Army, 151st Engineers, with tours in the Aleutian Islands and Europe. He received a pharmacy degree from Auburn University in 1948 and worked in several drug stores in Alabama and Tennessee before opening Goodlettsville Drug Co. in 1956. His 25-cent hamburgers and milkshakes are still talked about today. Active in the youth baseball program in Goodlettsville in the 1950s and 1960s, he was the first park director for the City of Goodlettsville and chairman of the Park Board for many years. Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville was named for him and the first mayor of Goodlettsville, the late H.S. Moss. He was a charter member of Goodlettsville Southern Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School, and was a former Trustee at Southern Methodist College in Orangeburg, SC.

He loved Auburn football, his WWII buddies, Big Band music, woodworking, collecting knives, and “Gunsmoke.” The family thanks the caring staff at NHC Hendersonville, his home for nearly five years.

A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens

in Goodlettsville on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 1:00 P.M.. Memorials may be made to the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758541, Topeka, KS, 66675-8541.

4 Comments to Dr. Charles Edward Wright

  1. Freddie Hardcastle
    November 28, 2015 3:46 am

    … “Doc” Wright was a hero to a lot of people , he made sure that kids had a place to play baseball , they had uniforms , and they had fun . I was one of those kids , and now at 68 he is even more a hero now than back then . God Bless you “Doc” , God Bless the Family and give them strength and guidance in their time of need .

  2. Sherry Bohorfoush and Shirley Pickett and BK Reynolds
    November 28, 2015 1:00 pm

    We, Charles’s nieces, remember going to that baseball field and Charles and Virginia would both be at a table doing things while baseball games were being played. What we did not know was that the park was named for him nor his involvement with the kids and uniforms. What a testament to a fine and caring man! We also remember going to the caves with them and the beach. Great memories!!!

  3. Kenneth C. Thomson, Jr.
    November 28, 2015 4:15 pm

    John, Very sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Kenneth

  4. Don and Deborah Pelton
    November 29, 2015 4:54 pm

    John, Betty Lou, and Matt-
    We are so sorry to hear of NeeNee’s death. We have both lost our parents and understand the sadness that this loss must mean. Please accept our sympathy. With affection,
    Don and Deborah

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