I always anticipated that the passing of my father would be the saddest and toughest time of my life. However, I was also very certain that it would be a time of great celebration for the life he lived. The past few days have been just that, a great celebration of his life.
Let me tell you about my dad, Gene Wright. Dad was born in his home, not a hospital. Dad grew up in a different era from today’s children. His family didn’t have electricity, he plowed behind a mule and yes he walked three miles uphill going to school and five miles uphill on the way back, to hear him tell it. Of course he lived in an era where he attended a one-room schoolhouse for some of those years.
Dad grew up learning how to work hard. In his lifetime, he worked on farms, then as a short order cook, as an orderly at Western State Hospital and in the steel mills at Gary Indiana. Then dad found his calling and he became a barber. He decided to stick with that job and he cut hair in Trigg County for the next 47 years. Would you please do me a favor and stand up if Gene Wright ever cut your hair. Dad’s customers at his barbershop were his extended family. They were his friends. Dad cut the hair of many a person in the hospital and many who had deceased and he would not think about charging for that.
Let me tell you more about my dad. Despite a limited education, which was common in a rural community during that time, he was the smartest and wisest person I have ever met. He could figure things out. He could fix anything, mechanic some, and do woodworking. He knew Math and was an avid reader. He had a servant’s heart. Gene Wright was the kind of man you wanted to come by on the road if you were stopped with a flat tire. I have seen him stop and change them for people he had never met before.
Everyone knows and has witnessed that Gene Wright was a good community servant, church member, son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
For the rest of this eulogy, read this week's Cadiz Record.