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Gerald Anthony Wright

April 20, 1946 — May 1, 2024

Belton, Texas

Gerald Anthony Wright, a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on May 1, 2024. He was born on April 20, 1946, in Laurel, MS to John and Lillian Wright (Wilson). Gerald was raised by his uncle, Wilbur Hill and his aunt, Mabel Hill (Wilson) in Biloxi, MS. He led a remarkable life filled with love, compassion, and dedication to his family and community.

Gerald graduated from Nichols High School in Biloxi, MS in 1964. He attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS as a Music Major. Gerald showcased his musical talent by playing the saxophone in the Marching Band, representing Mississippi Valley State in the Rose Bowl parade in 1965. Gerald was drafted in The Army to serve in Vietnam in 1968. During that time, he married his high school sweetheart, Julene Foster. Gerald served honorably in the Army from 1968-1970.

Throughout his life, Gerald worked as a Post worker for the United States Post Office and as a Social Worker for the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Chicago for many years. His gift of gab and infectious personality made him a cherished figure among those he crossed paths with. Additionally, Gerald attended DeVry Institute of Technology and worked as a DJ at several clubs and lounges in Chicago. He enjoyed spending time with his loved ones, playing chess, cards, dominoes, and cheering for the Chicago Bears alongside other Chicago sports teams.

Gerald's proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly his sons and cherished family. He was a man of faith who held a deep love for the Lord which guided him throughout his life.

In addition to leaving behind a legacy of love and service, Gerald is survived by his wife, Julene Wright; his sons, Gerald A. Wright Jr. and his wife, Yvonne, Julius Wright and his wife, Lucille; his grandchildren, Alonzo Holliman, Dewayne Ringgold, Candace Holliman, Jamal Wright, Jasmine Hamlette and her husband Aaron Hamlette, Jalen Wright, Crystal Wright, Brittany Miles, and April Miles; his great-grandchildren, Kenyatta Miles, Caniya Jones, Amani Holliman, Dynasti Miles, Kyrea Miles, Madrid Hammlette, Karter Hill, Kira Miles, Cantrell Zeigler, Legend Hamlette, and Cantron Ware. He is also survived by numerous other relatives and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Richard Wright, John Wright, William Wright, Arthur "Pee-Wee" Wright, and his granddaughter, Kimifer Miles.

Gone but never forgotten, Gerald will forever be remembered for his kind heart, unwavering dedication to family and friends, and the positive impact he had on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Special Words from the family:

Great Grand Daughters, The Miles Children:

 To our beloved great Grand Dad Gerald, rest in peace! You will surely be missed!

 - Love Kenyatta, Dynasti, Kyrea & Kira

 Grand-Son, Alonzo Holliman:

 I remember the time you took care of us when my mom got sick. No question or second thought, you were there and I am forever grateful. We both loved to play dominoes, listen to music, and loved a good home cooked meal. I will definitely miss you Grandpa, and I'm grateful that we shared the bond we had. Rest well Grand Dad.

 -Your loving Grandson Alonzo 

  Grand-Daughter, Brittany Miles:

 My beloved strong Grand Dad (lol) phew, you were really pulling through. I was rooting for you too (lol), and still am. Congratulations, you're finally home resting peacefully . GOD needed you more than we needed you. Be sure to keep looking after us as I continue to keep in contact with you spiritually. Fly high. You made it.

 -Love you always! Brittany

  Grand-Daughter, Candace Holliman:

 To my Grandpa, I'll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, the warm embrace and those special and very encouraging text messages that you sent to me each day. Through the good and bad days, no matter what, I'll always remember you Grandpa because there will never be another one to replace you in my heart. The love I have for you will never fade away. 

 -Love, your Pumpkin 

 Grand-Daughter, Crystal Wright:

Grand Dad, we love you very much and now you are gone. We will always miss you. But, I guess it's better now because you are not suffering anymore. So, sleep on and take your rest. We love you, but God loves you best. You'll always be in our hearts. 

 -Your Grandchildren Crystal and Karter 

Grand-Daughter, Jasmine K. Hamlette:

 Granddad you will truly be missed. So grateful my sons got to meet & know their Great-Grandfather. You’ll forever live on in our hearts and memories. To know you lived life your way brings me peace. 78 wholesome years. May God bless your soul. 

 -Love Jazzy & family

Daughter-In-Law: Yvonne R. Wright:

 To My Dear Father-In-Law, Over 30+ years ago, you welcomed me into your family with open arms and a warm heart. Big Gerald, you possessed such a kind soul, touching the lives of many with your genuine love and care. You brought so much joy and happiness into our lives while living yours to the fullest! Your loss will be immeasurable to your family and friends.  We'll find peace reminiscing on all the great memories you're leaving behind. You're gone but will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully.

 - Love Bonnie

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