Johnny “Pooh Bear” Wright, 59, of Steens, MS, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019, at his residence. A memorial service will be Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Woodland Baptist Church, Columbus, MS with Bro. Brad Wright officiating. Mr. Wright was born March 29, 1959, in Columbus, MS, to the late Sid Wright and Doris Sides. Mr. Wright was employed at M & W Butane for twenty-five years and Dowdle Gas for six years. He then went on to own his own business J & R Lawn Service for the past six years. He was well liked by all his customers, past and present. He never met a stranger. He was an avid Mississippi State Fan, he loved all sports but especially football. He was a football referee for Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Columbus-Lowndes Sports Officials. He also was an umpire and official at Prospt Park. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wright is preceded in death by his sister, Emma McKay; and sister-in-law, Robin Wright. Mr. Wright loved his family and friends so much especially his little Chihuahua, “Dak”. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Judy Smith Wright, Steens, MS; sons, Brad (Susan) Wright, Caledonia, MS, and JT Wright, Columbus, MS; daughter, Autumn Wright, Steens, MS; grandchildren, Cadie Wright, Jonah Wright, Isaac Wright and Liliana Abrams; sisters, Sherry (Chad) Wells and Mary (Shawn) Miller; brothers, Sid Wright, Billy (Ann) Wright and Neil Wright; and a host of nieces and nephews. He would like to recognize his best friend, Tommy Kidd, who was like a brother to him and Tommy’s son, Terrance Neal. He would also like to recognize his brother-in-law, James (Rusty) Smith, who was more like a brother. Also his great friends, Joe Langford, Mike Carter and Jack Simpson and the many close friends and customers he has met over the years. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in his honor.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on February 15, 2019
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