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Robert "Bobby" Burns Wright Jr.

May 8, 1934 December 21, 2018
Robert "Bobby" Burns Wright Jr.
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Obituary for Robert "Bobby" Burns Wright Jr.

Mr. Robert “Bobby” Burns Wright Jr., 84, died Friday evening at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.  He was born May 8, 1934 in Cumberland County to the late Robert and Anna Wilkes Wright Sr.  Bobby was also preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Carroll of Whiteville, NC and Shirley Webb of Fuquay-Varina, NC. 

Bobby was a Korean War Veteran and a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer having served on the ballistic missile nuclear submarines USS George C. Marshall, USS Tecumseh, USS John C. Calhoun and USS Henry Clay.  After his 20-year military service, he owned and operated Carolina Insulation Co. for over 20 years.  He was a member of the American Legion, Dunn Shrine Club, and Palmyra Masonic Lodge No. 147, A.F. & A.M.

A man of many talents and hobbies, Bobby was a seasoned organic gardener and delighted in sharing the fruits of his labor with others.  A lover of nature, he especially enjoyed his beekeeping and was a member of the Johnston County Beekeeper's Association.  Bobby could be found daily at Hardees on Long Branch Rd enjoying his coffee and time of fellowship.  He was an avid reader, particularly of history, and had an insatiable desire to learn new things.  Bobby was always eager to share his wisdom with others if one was willing to "pay attention!"  

Of all his many accomplishments, he took the most pride in his family, as they were his greatest love. 

Bobby is survived by his wife of 60 years, Julia Utley Wright; daughters, Denise Whitman & husband Mike of Dunn, Vickie Pope & husband Dave of Charlotte, and Maria Chalifour & husband Rob of Wake Forest; grandchildren, Garrett Whitman, Nathan Whitman & wife Krystal, David Pope III, Andrew Pope, Robert, Riley, & Julia Grace Chalifour; and one great grandchild, Kamdyn Whitman. 

A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Skinner & Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Dunn. Visitation will be from 3p.m. to 4:30 p.m. immediately following the funeral service. A private committal will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Foundation Laser Club, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford, NC 27330, Attn: Dr. Emily Hare, or Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.


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Funeral Services

Thursday

27

Dec

2:00 PM 12/27/2018 2:00:00 PM
Skinner & Smith Funeral Home

905 Erwin Road
Dunn, NC 28334

Skinner & Smith Funeral Home
905 Erwin Road Dunn 28334 NC
United States

Visitation

Thursday

27

Dec

3:00 PM 12/27/2018 3:00:00 PM - 4:30 PM 12/27/2018 4:30:00 PM
Skinner & Smith Funeral Home

905 Erwin Road
Dunn, NC 28334

Skinner & Smith Funeral Home
905 Erwin Road Dunn 28334 NC
United States
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