Fred Cornelius Wright Jr.


Mr. Fred Cornelius Wright Jr., of Roxboro passed away at Duke Regional Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the age of 69-years-old. 

Fred was born in Carrboro, on Oct. 29, 1950, to the late Fred and Katherine Gooch Wright.  Fred faithfully served his country for 23 years, traveling worldwide, serving  in the Vietnam War, and touring through the Cold War before retiring in 1990. During his service, he was well-respected and obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class; additionally, he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Global Airborne Commendation, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation. After retiring, Fred worked with various construction companies before beginning a 17-year career with the City of Durham, where he became a respected Public Works Supervisor. Throughout both of his careers, Fred was a loving and caring son, husband, and father. As a man, Fred was dedicated to bringing his whole self, body, mind, heart, and soul, to help others. 

Fred is survived by his daughters, Keely D. Wright and Megan N. Wright; his son, Neil Wright, daughter-in-law, Corrina Wright, four grandchildren, two dogs, and five grand-dogs. 

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Jeane Blackwood Wright, and his brother, Jim Goodman.

Funeral services for Fred Wright Jr. were held Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill. The family welcomed visitors from 2-3 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. service.


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