Charles W. Wright
TAYLOR’S ISLAND — Charles Woodley Wright, 96, of Taylor’s Island, MD, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at his home. He was born in Richmond, VA on June 5, 1919 and was the youngest son of the late Edloe W. and Marie W. Wright. Charles had a brother Edloe Jr. and two sisters Helen Harris and Betty Attiliis, all deceased.
Mr. Wright graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA. After graduation, Charles worked with his father painting bridges for the railroad. As a Merchant Marine during World War II he lived in California delivering military supplies throughout the Pacific Ocean. Returning to Virginia after the war Mr. Wright joined J.E. Hanger, a prosthetics manufacturer. On Sept. 8, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Ella L. Pemberton. Shortly after marriage Charles moved his family to Philadelphia, PA and opened a branch office for J.E. Hanger where he worked until retiring in 1985.
During the 1950s, Charles and Ella adopted two children. Afterwards he spent his free time with family at his vacation home on Taylor’s Island; moving to Taylor’s Island permanently upon his retirement. Charles loved boating and fishing, built a large boat — the “Happy Pappy” — and joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. Wright was also a long time member of the Taylor’s Island Volunteer Fire Company.
He is survived by a son, Charles Wright, and grandchildren Gregory and Britany, and a daughter Tina Bennett (husband Tommy).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m. at the Taylor’s Island Fire Hall with Rev. Robert Kirkley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Taylor’s Island Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 277, Taylor’s Island, MD 21669.
Arrangements are in the care of the Thomas Funeral Home, P.A. in Cambridge.
CHARLES W. WRIGHT