Raymond Wright

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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May 8, 1931 – Sept. 15, 2015

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CLAYTON — Services for Raymond “Scottie” Wright, 84, of Clayton, who died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Ridgeland, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Clayton Baptist Church with the Rev. Emile Bordelon and the Rev. Jerry Sharp officiating.

Burial will follow at the Heard Cemetery in Manifest, La., under the direction of Comer Funeral Home in Ferriday.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Wright was born May 8, 1931, in Harrisonburg, La., the son of Raymond L. and Mabel Elizabeth Scott Wright.

He was a cowboy at heart who rounded up his friends cattle as well as his own. He loved to garden, fish and hunt alligators even into the last year before he became ill.

Mr. Wright was a U.S. Army veteran who fought during the Korean War and was a POW MIA. He didn’t talk much about what happened to him at that time in his life. But, earlier this year he finally talked about how he was captured and marched and transported by train to South Korea to Seoul. When they stopped the train for water, he and two others escaped. They slept in caves and in the mountains for 90 days before they were found and rescued. He was a brave and courageous man who was honored to serve his country.

Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold B. Wright; and one sister, Rachel Lincecum.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty Wright; one son, Michael Wright of Clayton; one daughter, Sharron Sumrall and husband, Glen, of Florence; four grandchildren, Stacey, Josh, Brianna and Raymond; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Martha Jones of Gulfport, Rebecca Domaingue of Temple, Texas and Sue Wright of Long Beach; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Butch Smith, Mike McJohnson, Ronnie McMillan, Andy Anders, Dale Evans and Johnny Evans.

Online condolences may be sent to comerfh.com.