Carlton H. Wright Sr.
Carlton Harris Wright Sr., 82, of Union City died June 18, 2008, at his home. Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Dr. William Sims, assisted by Dr. Howard Ragsdale, officiating. Burial will follow in New Haven Cemetery in Ridgely. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and sons-in-law. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be members of the Carlton Sunday School Class at Union City First Baptist Church, along with Lanny Callicott and Bob Curry. The family requests memorials be made to Union City First Baptist Church; the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960; or the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Tennessee, 3149 Players Club Parkway, Memphis, TN 38125. He was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Ridgely, son of the late Jesse and Madge (Carlton) Wright. He married the former LaRue Rankin on July 12, 1952, and she survives. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was an insurance adjustor and property owner in Obion County. He was a member of Union City First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. He was, at one time, chairman of the Republican Party of Obion County and a member of the Equalization Board of Obion County, as well as a 50-year Mason and Shriner and a member of the Union City Kiwanis Club. In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Winnie and Paul Leenaarts of Akron, Ohio, and Virginia and Brian Rudnicki of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; two sons, Carlton Wright Jr. of Memphis and Joe Wright of Union City; six grandchildren, Jason Leenaarts of Charleston, S.C., Jesse Wright of Manassas, Va., Billy Wright of Jackson, Miss., Mary Rudnicki and Joseph Rudnicki, both of Greenville, S.C., and Kaylie Wright of Union City; and three great-grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com. Published in The Messenger 6.19.08