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June 26, 2014

Cecil L. Wright

April 23, 1934 - June 24, 2014

VELMA — Funeral service for Cecil L. Wright, of Velma, will be 1 p.m., Saturday June 28, 2014 at the Cox City Baptist Church, Cox City, Okla.

Cecil Lawrence Wright was born April 23, 1934 in rural Grady County to Henry E. and Nancy Ora (Eslick) Wright. He passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Velma at the age of 80.

Cecil married Peggy Harden on Oct. 14, 1953 and to this union were six sons. Later Cecil married Teri Matthews on Jan. 11, 1983 in Gainesville, Texas and two sons were born to this marriage.

He spent his school days at Cox City and graduated from Cox City High School in 1952. He lived and worked in New Mexico in his younger years, but most of his life was spent in Grady County. He moved to Velma in 2008.

Cecil worked in the broomcorn fields from an early age through his early teen years, breaking into the oil patch in his late teens and early twenties. He worked every position on a drilling rig and for many companies. He was a driller and tool pusher for many of those years. Before retiring in 2005 he was a superintendent and consultant. Upon his retirement he made his home in Bridge Creek, Okla., but moved back to Velma to be closer to family when his health began to fail.

Cecil loved to garden, raising lots of vegetables and canning as long as his health allowed.  Dancing was another hobby he enjoyed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives; two sons, Thomas Roy and Ricky Dean; and a sister, Faye Belben.

Survivors include his sons: Michael Ratliff, Cecil L. Wright, Jr. and his wife, Barbara Daniel Wright and his wife, Katie all of Shawnee, Lewis Allen Wright and his wife, Rita, of Springfield, Mo., Landon and Shawn Wright of Velma, five brothers: Jerry Wright and his wife, Cindy, of Abilene, Texas, Thomas B. Wright of Stemford, Texas, Leon Wright and his wife, Shirley, of Bailey, Okla., Richard Wright and his wife, Jannette, of Countyline, Okla. and Wayne Wright and his wife, Ollie, of Velma, 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in the Kilgore Cemetery, Cox City, Okla. under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha.

 

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