Reverend Johnny Marcus Wright


Funeral services for Reverend Johnny Marcus Wright, 80, of Arp will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, July 14, in the First Baptist Church of Overton with Reverend Ronnie Yarber officiating.

Interment will be in Overton City Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton.

Reverend Wright passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in a Tyler hospital.

He was born April 28, 1937 in Limestone County to the late John and Ora Lee Griffith Wright.

He moved to Overton in 1967 from Ennis and married Darleen Thompson April 13, 1990 in Kilgore. He pastored various churches until he chartered Grace Herald Baptist Church in New London. He was Citizen of the Year 2012.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Darleen Wright of Arp; four sons and their wives, Marty Wright of Winnfield, Louisiana, Rodney Wright of McKinney, Texas, Shane and Rosa Thompson of San Antonio, and Marcus and Erika Wright of Arp, his daughter and her husband, Kit and Waylon Whittenberg of Overton; two stepsons, Duane Brazier and Neil Braizer both of East Texas; fourteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Marty Wright, Rodney Wright, Marcus Wright, Shane Thompson, Jimmy Henson and Phillip Cox.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Thursday, July 13, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Herald Baptist Church - Missions, 21744 CR 223, Arp, Texas 75750.

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