February 3, 1959 - July 17, 2019
Jerry Wright, 60, of Woodlawn passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 12:30am after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Jerry was born at Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis February 3, 1959 to Ralph and Betty (Lowe) Wright. He spent 7 years of his youth in Texas but returned home to southern Illinois. He lived at his home in rural Woodlawn over 30 years. Most of that time he shared his home with the love of his life, Michelle Prior, and her children that he loved like his own. When the grandchildren came, he could not have been happier or loved anyone more. He was a father figure to many, brother and uncle to several and grandpa to a few. But most of all he was a friend, wise mentor and a loving man. Family was always his number one priority. He would do anything he could to help anyone out. He had a heart the size of Texas. He did many things in his life including construction, handyman work and farming. In fact, there was not much he could not do or figure out how to fix. He was a very talented carpenter, a knowledgeable electrician and a skilled welder and mechanic. He spent his spare time in his barn full of tools working with his various wood working projects and rebuilding engines big and small. He especially enjoyed camping and spending time on the water when he was able to scuba dive with his brother and nephews. He leaves behind; two daughters, Bobbie Prior (Dustin Peck) of Centralia and Melanie Buchanan (Pat Brinkley) of Norris City; three grandchildren, Zoey Prior, Jensen Buchanan and Baby Peck; two sisters, Linda Black of Salem and Trudy Banigan of Woodlawn; two sister in-laws, Kathy Wright of Woodlawn and Juanita Wright of Bellville; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that loved him beyond measure. Jerry was preceded in death by Michelle, both parents and three siblings; Alene Wright, Ralph Wright Jr. and Benny Wright. Jerry is being cremated per his wishes and there will be no memorial service at this time.
Jerry Wright, 60, of Woodlawn passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 12:30am after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Jerry was born at Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis February 3, 1959... View Obituary & Service Information
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