SALISBURY, Md. - Joseph Phillips Wright, Sr., 91, of Salisbury died Wednesday, October 31 at Wicomico Nursing Home with his family by his side. He was born to the late William Thomas Wright and Denala Phillips Wright, September 19, 1921 in Bethel, Delaware.
Joe grew up on his grandfather's family farm in Hebron, Maryland graduating from Hebron High School. While in high school he excelled in sports, with soccer and baseball being his favorites. Joe was also an avid horseman. He showed horses in the early 40's and later, helped re-organize the Wicomico Hunt Club serving as Joint Master in 1961. Joe and his son, Phil, successfully showed hunters and jumpers in the late 50's through the mid 70's throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Joe attended Goldey Beacom Business School in Wilmington, Delaware and later graduated from Strayer College in Salisbury. After graduation he worked in accounting before he returned home to operate the family farm in Hebron after the death of his father. He delivered milk door to door in the town of Hebron.
In 1942 Joe married Adelene Powell and from this union came their only child, Joseph Phillips Wright, Jr. In 1950 he went to work as a salesman with Ralston Purina where he remained until his retirement 34 years later. His successful career with Purina led he and Adelene to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and finally Florida where they enjoyed their retirement on the Ravines Golf Course in Middleburg. In 1998 they returned home to Salisbury to spend their remaining years with their family.
He is survived by his son, Joseph Phillips "Phil" Wright, Jr. and his wife, Carol; his grandson Joseph Phillips "Joe" Wright, III and his wife Jennifer; his granddaughter Stacie Wright Dees and her husband Braxton; five great-grandchildren, J.P., Caroline, and Grant Wright, and Nathanael and Allie Dees; and a sister Nell B. Wright. He is also survived by a niece, Barbara Kirby Childs; and two nephews Joseph Walter Hastings, III and Thomas Wright Hastings. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Adelene Powell Wright; and a sister Marjorie Cooper Hastings.
A service will be held on Sunday November 4, 2012 at 2pm at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Reverend George Patterson will officiate. Contributions in his memory may be made to Wicomico Nursing Home or a charity of the individual's choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com.