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Funeral services for James Howard “Jamie” Wright Jr., 67, were held Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Tanglewood Christian Camp Chapel in Tanglewood. Masonic burial followed in Hugh Wilson Cemetery in Tanglewood. Pastor David Attwood officiated and Keith Hansburger was in charge of the Masonic graveside.
Mr. Wright lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale.
He was born Dec. 10, 1943, in Houston to James Howard and Mable Clair (Corder) Wright.
Mr. Wright started first grade in Lexington and transferred to Rockdale the middle of his junior year, graduating in 1962.
He was baptized at Forest Grove Christian Church as a youth and was a member of Tanglewood Baptist Church.
Mr. Wright worked in Houston as a machinist for many years.
Moving back to Tanglewood, he managed Tanglewood Christian Camp for 10 years before moving to Oil Systems, a software company that later became OSI Soft, in San Leandro, California, from January 1989 until retirement in July 2006, coming back to Tanglewood.
Mr. Wright was a ham radio operator and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, being Santa Claus and photographing weddings.
He was a life member of the Castro Valley Masonic Lodge No. 515, a member of Rockdale Masonic Lodge No. 414, Lexington Masonic Lodge No. 138, Rockdale Eastern Star Chapter 23 and Lexington Eastern Star Chapter 996.
Mr. Wright had been a volunteer with the EMS and fire department, was on the board of directors at Hugh Wilson Cemetery Association and many other organizations.
On May 24, 1991, he married Barbara N. Greenwood in Rockdale.
Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Noah Eugene and Antha “Ivy” (Kelley) Wright and John Clifford and Mable Cornilus (Boswell) Corder; an aunt, Dauneta Marie Wright Caffey; and an uncle, William Henry “Bill” Smith.
Survivors are his wife, Barbara Wright of Tanglewood; a son, James H. “Little Jamie” Wright III of Austin; a daughter, Renee Wright of Rockdale; two stepdaughters, Khris Starbuck and husband Russell of Round Rock, Pam Rutherford and husband Brad of Pflugerville; and two grandchildren, Rachel Starbuck of Round Rock, Benjamin Rutherford of Pflugerville.
Pallbearers were Don Smith, Rick y Caf fey, Ray Ramsey, K.C. Smith, Kyle Caffey, Josh Caffey and James H. Wright III.
Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Menges, Bill Crawford, Reuel Cooper, Kelly Caffey Erdman, Jim Miller, members of Tanglewood Baptist Church, members of Forest Grove Christian Church, members of Castro Valley Masonic Lodge No. 515, members of Rockdale Masonic Lodge No. 414, members of Lexington Masonic Lodge No. 138, members of Rockdale Eastern star Chapter 23 and members of Lexington Eastern Star Chapter 996.
Memorials may be made to Hugh Wilson Cemetery Association, Lexington E.M.S., Tanglewood Fire Department or to Tanglewood Christian Camp.