Tom Gerald Wright (April 29, 1934 - March 13, 2023)
“And he said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
Escorted by Angels from earth, and into the arms of his Lord, Tom Gerald Wright passed away
peacefully at his home in Wichita Falls, Texas in the early morning hours of March 13, 2023.
Tom grew up in Canyon, Texas and was one of five children to the late John Wright and their
mother, Mary Wright.
At just 22 years of age, Tom was called to serve his country in the Korean War from November
6, 1956 to November 1, 1957 where he received an Honorable Discharge. One year later on
November 29, 1958 he married the love of his life, Sharron Sue Gallegly of Amarillo, Texas. Tom
and Sue built their life together in Canyon, Texas, Claude, Texas, Matador, Texas and ultimately
called Paducah, Texas their home for over 45 years. Tom and Sue moved to Wichita Falls,
Texas in 2020.
During their time in Paducah, Tom accomplished many great things. Among those was serving
as the County Executive Director of the Cottle County Agricultural Stabilization and
Conservation Service. Tom worked for the USDA-ASCS office from April 8, 1968 to October 3,
1994. Tom was also a farmer, rancher, and served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in
Paducah where he and Sue attended. Tom and Sue grew their family with two sons, David
Wright of Wichita Falls, Texas and Frank Wright of Paducah, Texas.
Tom had a love for many things, first and foremost being his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who
we know greeted him with a “well done my good and faithful servant.” Secondly was his devoted
love to his sweet “Suzie” for 64 precious years. Tom also had a great love for the Dallas
Cowboys, fishing with his sons and grandkids who knew him by Papaw, traveling with his wife,
and swapping small town stories over a good cup of coffee with his buddies.
Tom is survived by his wife, Sue of Wichita Falls; two sons, David Wright and wife, Sally of
Wichita Falls, and Frank Wright and wife, Dana of Paducah; one sister, Willie Brady of Amarillo;
five grandchildren, Crystal Johnson and husband Jeremy of Wichita Falls, Jackie Wright of
Wichita Falls, Jenny Bateman and husband Bo of Electra, Hailey Hawkins and husband Travis
of Knox City and Hayden Wright of Canyon; six great-grandchildren, Savannah, Mason and
Natalie Johnson, Josie and Olivia Crutcher and Dawson Bateman.
In the last few years of his life, along with his wife, Tom was aided in no small part by the
compassionate, selfless, and loving care of his caregivers, Christy Williamson and Christina
Miller, both of whom Tom’s family wishes to thank deeply and dearly. True Angel’s on earth.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers Jay and Frank, one sister,
Thalia (Sis), and one great-grandson, Tres Johnson.
The family respectfully requests that any memorials in Tom’s name be sent as a donation to the
First Baptist Church of Paducah,PO Box 609,Paducah,TX 79248 or Paducah Garden of Memories Cemetery,PO Box 805,Paducah,TX 79248