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Jerry Wright

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Jerry Wright was born in Beaumont, Texas on December 7, 1947 and passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his residence. His parents were Dreadie Crocker Wright and Hollis Wright. He grew up in Loeb, Texas, near what is now Lumberton. There he lived with his father and step-mother, having lost his mother at age 3. He attended Silsbee High School.

Jerry accepted Christ as his Savior at Royal Ambassador Camp in Newton, Texas when he was 12 years old. He has been a member of Rosedale Baptist Church, Beaumont, James Island Baptist Church, Charleston, S.C. West University Baptist Church, Houston, Texas and First Baptist Church of Crockett, where he was ordained a deacon. He was currently a member of First Baptist Church of Kennard where he also served as a deacon.

In 1967, Jerry entered the United State Navy. He served four years on active duty. While stationed on the U.S.S. Hunley, in Charleston, South Carolina, he attended James Island Baptist Church, where he met his future wife, Margaret and became a part of the Bill Garrett family. After active duty, Jerry became a part of the Naval Reserves and served in the Military Sealift Command Office. During his final years of Reserves, he served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Sortie. Jerry retired from the United States Naval Reserves in 1992.

Jerry entered the Houston Police Department in 1972. He served a total of 22 years. During that time he worked in Radio Patrol and served as Field Training Officer. He later worked the Major Assaults Unit of the Homicide Division. Jerry is retired from Houston Police Department. In the midst of those years, the family moved to Houston County. His law enforcement positions here were with the Crockett Police Department, The District Attorney’s Office, and the Houston County Sheriff’s Department.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Margaret. On March 22, they would have been married 41 years. They have two sons, Hollis Wright and Lloyd Wright and wife April Bruce Wright. Their grandchildren are Faith Hojdea, Caleb Hojdea and Elijah Fount Wright. Their “adopted” daughter is Cassandra Damper.

Jerry and his family began learning and playing traditional music in 1994. Since then they have taught and performed music across the country. Jerry and Margaret initiated the Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival in 2002.

Jerry was a man of deep, abiding faith and he demonstrated that through his kind and gentle, caring way with people. He was truly interested in each person with whom he came in contact. He was a wonderful listener. He was also one of the best natural-born story tellers that there ever was. He was a true servant of his fellow man, professionally and individually. He loved his country and served proudly. He loved his wife and family with all his heart and was a wonderful provider to them. Jerry truly practiced what he preached. He loved God with all his heart and he loved others as himself.

Funeral services for Jerry Wright will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kennard First Baptist Church.  Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Little Flock Cemetery in San Augustine County.  Visitation will began at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Kennard First Baptist until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Star of Hope Mission, Houston, TX



  1. Margaret, Hollis, and Lloyd,
    So sad Jerry is no longer with us but grateful he is no longer in pain. We were friends since we were young teenagers and shared many great times together through the years. I am glad I got to spend time with him last Thursday and reminisce those good times. Hard to say goodbye but what a great husband, father, and friend to many he was.
    We will miss and always remember him.

  2. Jerry was instrumental in brining me into the Houston Police Department in 1980. I knew him from attending West University Baptist Church in Houston and loved to hear his stories of Police Work as a Teenager. When I decided to join HPD, Jerry and Maragret invited me to their house for dinner and Jerry sat me down and honestly and frankly told me what I could expect to hear and see as a Police.

    But Jerry also told me that a strong faith in God and faithfulness to his church would help me to deal with the dark side of humanity I would see sometimes. He also told me how wonderful it was to help others as a Police Officer and that it was more fulfilling than not. He was dead on. My faith and faithfulness to my church helped to ground me and I had the pleasure of working with Jerry over the years in multiple areas of HPD.

    Jerry was a great Man of God and we all rest easy in knowing he is rejoicing in heaven now looking down and watching over all those he loved.

    Richard McLarty

  3. Jerry was an inspiration to me in many ways. I loved my visit to Kennard with Jerry and Margaret and the time I attended the Palestine Dulcimer Festival. Jerry was a Silsbee High School class of 1966 classmate. We loved the time Jerry and Margaret entertained us with their dulcimer music at a class reunion. Jerry’s family has many wonderful memories of their fun music times together. I am sure he is entertaining the angels.

  4. We are so sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a wonderful person and Christian. Hugs and Prayers for all the family.
    Bill and Carol Hoch

  5. I worked with Jerry and homicide division he was a very nice man and will be missed God bless you and your family

  6. Your classmate L2-92, Sir it was a pleasure working with you, you will be miss with love from your HPD family

  7. It makes me sad to hear that J.L. Wright passed away. He was my night shift FTO on HPD back in the summer of 1979 at Central Patrol. I learned a lot from J. L. working in the old District 17 (Montrose,Fourth Ward, and River Oaks). My thoughts and prayers go to him and his family.

  8. My deepest sympathy and prayers are sent to Margaret, Jerry’s children and family members. His smiling face will be so missed here in Crockett, both in the P.D., S.O. and at Camp Street. May God’s healing hands comfort all of you during this difficult time.

  9. To a great classmate and all around nice guy. RIP,Jerry.

  10. Dear Margaret,Hollis & Lloyd,
    My heart is heavy for your loss of Jerry. I can still see him as he was in high school at Silsbee and hear his voice. I am so sorry. Jerry was such a good man; he loved all of you so much & was very proud of all of your accomplishments. Now he has a new body free from pain & lots of strength. May God give you strength as you go through your grieving. My prayers are with all of you.
    Linda Kelley Bridges
    Class of ’66
    SIlsbee High School

  11. I worked with Jerry at Cental Patrol Nights years ago . One of the best Houston Police Officers to ever wear the uniform. Jerry was good to people and was an inspiration to all of us! Great Officers like Jerry will never know what a positive influence their were on young Officers such as myself back in the day! Thanks , Jerry.

    Ben Russell
    Retired HPD
    Class 75

  12. Dear Margaret & family, our family truly loved Jerry. Words are just not adequate to explain what a wonderful & unique person he was. You were so blessed to have as your spiritual leader of your home. Praying for all of you. Bill & Betty Gilbert

  13. Margaret, Hollis and Lloyd,
    I’m deeply sadden to hear of Jerry’s passing. I remember the day I first met Jerry it was shortly after you and Jerry had purchased your property in Kennard. We became good friends and I cherish the times he and I spent building your log cabin.

    Jerry was instrumental in getting me to join the Crockett P.D.

    R.I.P. old friend

  14. Sorry to hear of your loss, God bless

  15. Jerry, I really enjoyed riding with you those many times…We solved a lot of crime and helped a lot of people…Say hello to Malcom from Montrose for me, that was a very memorable arrest and transport to jail then the VA…I laugh hard every time I picture you hanging out the window waist high crying ” oh mercy! oh, my god!! Malcom…you stink so bad..!!! drive faster, partner..!! Well, you have a great partner, now…I’m sure he will keep Malcom at a distance…

    rest in peace…1071 is OD.

    jerry myers…1a51n
    class 64…1974

  16. Jerry Wright, I do not know if words are capable to describe him. He diffentiently had a duty to God first and then his family. Jerry was loved by all who knew him. He was alway cheerful and all of his friends and co worker carried Jerry in high esteem. To say he was knowledgable about any undertakeing he pursued from his police work, computers, music, woodworking and more, would be an understatement. His duty and accompliphment with the U.S. Navy alone would have been an accomplishment few could equal. Jerry Wright will be missed and remembered by all.

    John Kitto
    Retired HPD
    Class of 39

  17. Margaret,

    I have long cherished the fond memories of the friendship that began when we met on the tour of the Holy Land in 1977 and was rekindled in later years as our paths crossed again several times here in East Texas. You and the family are in my prayers.

  18. Margaret,
    Our love and prayers go out to you and your family at this time. JB and I enjoyed meeting you and Jerry many years ago. Also, we enjoyed the MD instructions that you both gave throughout the years. I loved to listen to Jerry’s entertaining explanation to everyone in a jam, “how to jam.” Love to you and your family. JB and Alice

  19. Your classmate from L2-92, although it has been over 23 years since we first met at the HPD Academy, it only seems like it was yesterday. I remember we used to joke around with you about your age, since you were the most senior classmate. But even then you showed us youngsters a thing or two in class. You will be missed Jerry.


  20. Dear Margaret, Lloyd, and Hollis,

    Know that I’m keeping you close in my heart and prayers. May you find comfort in knowing that so many people who were blessed to have known Jerry will be treasuring their memories of him. I will never forget his gentle spirit, his sense of humor, and his gift of sharing his love of music with everyone. One of my treasured memories is from my first time at Old Pal when he sat in a rocking chair off in the corner on stage during the concerts; his smile beamed with pure enjoyment during every performance. I now picture him in Heaven playing his pickin stick with David Schnaufer. Oh, the divine music they are making and how lucky the Angels are to have Jerry with them!

  21. Margaret, Lloyd, Hollis, April, Casandra, & Grandchildren,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Everyone who knew Jerry will greatly miss him as well as the dulcimer world. All of you are so blessed to have had him in your lives.
    May God comfort you with the memories you have of him.

    Darrell & Hazel Hall

  22. In 1979, Officer Jerry Wright was my Field Training Officer (FTO). He was like my St. Michael Patron saint of chivalry, patron saint of police officers, who taught me to be fair with all walks of life but don’t be afraid to enforce the law with mercy.
    He had so much patience with me, and whoever he made contact with in the community. He had a soft spoken voice but used powerful words and wisdom to get his message across. He was truly was a peacemakers. His mentorship and leadership made me be the best law enforcement officer that I could be that I am today, and I owe it to him.
    The best memory I had about Jerry is when he made arrangements to have his wife, Margaret drive their personal vehicle and mobile trailer (home) in tow into our patrol district on Christmas Eve. He and Margaret served us (17 District officers) with the most amazing wassail drink that I have ever drank which they including holiday snacks. To this day, I have not tasted any wassail that tasted better on that Christmas Eve night. This gesture of Jerry and Margaret showed so much compassion and caring towards his follow officers, and just to make us feel not alone on that night. So he brought his family to us in the middle of the night to make Christmas that much more special.
    Please accept my deepest, heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband. Please take comfort in knowing my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Robert Mireles, Sr Police Officer
    Houston Police Department
    Criminal Intelligence Division

  23. Margaret and family,
    May God’s Holy Spirit comfort you during this difficult time. Jerry was a wonderful witness to God’s amazing grace. He touched so many lives and we thank him for his service to our country and the communities he served in law enforcement.

  24. With deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family….prayers go with you.

  25. I met Jerry at a very early age. We graduated in 1966 from SHS… God bless Jerry’s family.

  26. To Margaret and family – please know our thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort are with you in this time of great loss. My one regret is that I never found the time to tell Jerry just how much it meant to me and the Old Time Music community as a whole, to have him take our Appalachian music across this great country all the way to Texas. The dulcimer community had a great ambassador in Jerry and we owe a debt of gratitude we could never pay for all he meant to the music. It was more than evident that Jerry was also a great ambassador for Christ Jesus our Savior and heaven’s jam has gained another musician – if I listen closely, I can almost hear the music – See you in the morning Jerry – Judy and Bill Sipes – North Carolina

  27. i remember our days at chance loeb and also silsbee where we graduated in 1966. i enjoyed hearing him and you,margaret at the reunions playing the dulcimer and singing. he will be missed at this reunion but i’m sure he is having a good time with our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. God bless you and your family at this time. diana

  28. I have always believed that when you play music with someone, for someone, or when someone plays for you, you share a little piece of yourself, a little sliver of your soul. That is why when we lose a man of music, that person remains with us always in this way.
    Thank you for sharing, Jerry. You will always be a part of the lives you touched.

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