Lawrence “Larry” Francis Wright

March 2, 1947 - April 21, 2023
Lawrence “Larry” Francis Wright

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Lawrence Francis Wright, 76, of Leland, NC, went home with the Lord Jesus Christ on April 21, 2023. He was born in Ilion, New York on March 2, 1947 to Kathryn and Lynn Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Merry Ann Thompson Wright.

Larry grew up in Mohawk, NY. He graduated from Mohawk High School in 1965, where he was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. After graduating, Larry earned his Bachelor’s degree in business from Utica College, and then enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country bravely in the Vietnam War, earning the distinction of Sergeant. Upon returning, he joined the family business, Wright’s Furniture; after his mother’s retirement, Larry took over the business until it was sold in 2003. He was a dedicated member of Christ Episcopal Church in Herkimer, NY, where he was an active member, serving as a Warden, on the Vestry, and as a lay reader. Larry also enjoyed spending time at the Kiwanis Club and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

After briefly living in Washington, D.C. while his wife finished her tenure working with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Larry and Merry Ann retired to Leland, where they spent the rest of their years. Larry found a spiritual home at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Wilmington, where he served on the Vestry, as a lay reader, a leader of morning prayer and a member of St. Paul’s Leland Book Club. Much of his time was spent volunteering with Meals on Wheels and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, in addition to taking communion to those unable to attend weekly services. Larry was a lifelong New York Mets, New York Giants, and New York Knicks fan. He remained physically active throughout his life, enjoying running and walking, in addition to countless rounds of golf.

Larry is survived by his sons, David Wright of Ilion, NY, and Daniel Wright and wife, Erin, of Webster, NY; his granddaughters, Lynn, Anika, Emily, and Grace; sister-in-law Meg Smith and husband, Don, of Wilmington, NC; brother-in-law Ned Thompson and wife, Kristine, of Galesburg, MI; step-son Meade Parks and special friend Linda Ensinger, of Plainwell, MI, and brothers Bob Wright and wife, Sandra, of Syracuse, NY, and Jim Wright, of Kingsland, GA, in addition to many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry’s honor may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please share memories and condolences with Larry’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

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The funeral will take place on May 20, 2023 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (16 N. 16th Street Wilmington, NC 28401)

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  • May 19, 2023
    Douglas Wright says:
    Larry was my father's (Robert) youngest brother. My best memories of Uncle Larry were from my childhood. We lived in Elmira, New York but visited Mohawk often. He was a fun-loving soul and great entertainment for my brother and me. He used to tell us about a Wizard that haunted my grandmother's basement. There was also a Lamp Monster that stalked the furniture store. He liked to toss the football around and play catch with us. We saw him at Christmas and usually during the summer as well. He made us laugh and liked to tease us about hitting too many "jack-pots" (sweet treats, usually M&M's) around Grandma Wright's house. He had booming voice and a quick wit. He loved to watch sports. I can still see him in my mind's eye wearing his service uniform after returning from Nam. That was a joyous reunion. I can see him in Wright's Furniture. I can see him with all the family gathered in Grandma's kitchen. I loved the man. Fare thee well, Lawrence. Rest in Peace.

  • May 05, 2023
    Jenel and Tom Jackson says:
    Larry always had a smile and was always willing to help. I will never forget him!! My husband had to have a laryngectomy and I really don't know how we could have handled it without his support. Always a friend! I wish I could have met his family in person to tell them how much he helped us and we will always remember his smile!

  • May 01, 2023
    Zona Tounsley lit a candle:
    Lit since May 1, 2023 at 5:18:34 AM

  • April 27, 2023
    Lawrence Hartman says:
    I only knew Larry since he and MerryAnne moved to magnolia Greens. We became good friends and shared a lot of wonderful memories together. He will be sadly missed.

  • April 25, 2023
    Jeff Strife says:
    Sending condolences and prayers to the entire Wright family. A truly loving and spiritual family.. Larry's loving and generous spirit will love on in his children and grandchildren.