Jack Wright likes reading encyclopedias

Published 1:47 am Wednesday, November 5, 2008

By By MaryClaire Foster
(This week The Atmore Advance visited 79-year-old Jack Wright at his home.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born on the Pine Apple Route on June 21, 1929. It was called Bone Hill. It was a relay station for the stagecoaches and when horses would die they would bury them on the hill. That’s where they got the name.
Q: Who were your parents?
A: My parents were J.R. and Dottie Wright.
Q.What did your parents do for a living?
A: My father was a farmer.
Q: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A: I have one older sister, two older brothers and two younger twin brothers. Two of my brothers are deceased.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I went to Bethlehem in Old Texas and I went to Beatrice High School.
Q: Have you done a lot of traveling?
A: There’s not enough room on the page. I’ve done mission work in Jamaica, Brazil, Romania, Austria and all over. I’ve been to 46 out of the 50 states. I went to Turkey and Israel for vacation.
Q: Where did you work?
A: I was in the military for a few years and owned Jack’s Barber Shop. I bought it in 1957. I was a barber for 51 years. I worked four of those years in Pensacola.
Q: Where have you lived?
A: I’ve lived in Alaska with the military, Jacksonville, Fla. for barber school and Atmore.
Q: What do you like most about this area?
A: People speak to you. It’s the friendliness.
Q: Did you ever marry? If so, what is your spouse’s name?
A: My wife’s name is Yevonne. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me.
Q: How did you and your spouse meet?
A: Her family lived across the cotton patch from me.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: I have three. One daughter, Denise Wright, and two sons, Larry and Erice.
Q: Do you have any grandchildren?
A: I have three. Rachel, Jackson and Taylor.
Q:Where do you attend church?
A: Nokomis Baptist Church.
Q: What keeps you busy these days?
A: The yard, and I like to fish.
Q: What do you read?
A: I’ve read all but three and a part of one of my encyclopedia’s.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I like everything but banana pudding better be at a gathering.
Q. What was one of the happiest times in your life?
A: I loved working and meeting different people.
Q: What advice would you give people on living a long life?
A: Live a clean life
(If you would like to recommend a senior to be spotlighted please contact the Atmore Advance at 368-2123 or e-mail us at newsroom@atmoreadvance. com)

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