Edwin Wright, Sr

Edwin Miles Wright, Sr., 75, of Pineville and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in his residence surrounded by family. He was born July 4, 1942 in Alexandria to the union of Dallas E. and Glen Miles Wright of Jena. Ed grew up in Jena, attending Jena Elementary, Junior High, and Jena High School, graduating in1960. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Louisiana Tech University in 1964. Following college graduation and tenure as an officer in administrative positions in the USAF, Ed began employment in State Civil Service in June 1972 as an institutional counselor at Pinecrest State School in Pineville. Ed’s leadership potential was quickly recognized, and he was promoted to the Assistant Director of Cottage Life Department, the largest single department at Pinecrest State School. From there in 1978 he was promoted to the Assistant Facility Director and served as Coates Stuckey’s able assistant until Stuckey’s retirement in May of 1986. On June 1, 1986 Ed was appointed the Facility Administrator of Pinecrest State School, at that time the largest intellectually disabled facility in the State. Also, in 1986 Ed was the recipient of the prestigious Charles E. Dunbar Career Service Award, the Louisiana Civil Service League’s highest award, “given to those who have distinguished themselves over and above the call of duty”. In June of 1991 Ed served as the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. As a respecter of persons, Ed met everyone with concern for their well being and success, and thus gained the respect of not only the people who worked with him, but with those just passing through his life at any time. On April 30, 2004 Ed said goodbye to Pinecrest and retired after 32 years. Upon retirement he spent 3 years as the Facility Administrator at the Fort Wayne, Indiana State School for mentally disabled. Finally retiring in 2007 he spent his remaining years working with his flowers, bonsai, reading, and listening to classical music. Ed was a member of St Timothy Episcopal Church in Alexandria, the Board of Pelican State Credit Union, the board of the Rapides Senior Citizens, the board and a past King in the Mystic Krewe of Rapides, and he is active in the Civil War Round Table. He is a past president of the Alexandria Little Theater, past president of the Pineville Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a past president of the Cenla Orchard Society. He is preceded in death by his parents; his paternal grandparents, Walter and Margaret Doughty Wright; and maternal grandparents Benjamin Preston and Effie White Miles. Ed is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris Evans Wright of Pineville; two sons, Edwin M. Wright, Jr. of Jena, and Christopher Andrew Wright of Pineville; grandson, Dakota Dale; granddaughter, Faith Ashley; great granddaughter, Maria Christine; one brother, Kenneth P. Wright and wife Linda of Shreveport; his mother-in-law, Doris Ford Evans of Caseyville, IL; and many other dear family members and friends. Burial of the Dead with Holy Eucharist was celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, in St. Timothy Episcopal Church with the Reverend G. Richard Snow officiating. Interment followed at Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, under direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home. The family prefers memorials be made to the Organ Fund at St. Timothy Episcopal

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