The life of 41-year-old David “Chris” Wright, who was born and raised in Macon County, ended suddenly last Friday afternoon, September 17th, when he was stung by a bee causing him to go into anaphylactic shock, on the Troy Cothron farm, located on Dry Branch, off Highway 10 south. It was an illness he had suffered before, but unfortunately on this occasion he couldn’t reach his epinephrine pen in time to administer the needed dose to counteract the sting, therefore his brother found him unconscious, lying face down in a farm drive.When the Macon County EMS arrived, they quickly began CPR and he was transported to Macon County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:08 p.m.
Many of you may remember the 1989 Macon County High School graduate, who always had a smile on his face along with an upbeat attitude. A sports standout, David lived a happy and enjoyable life and he was deeply respected by all who knew and loved him.
David was born in the Hillsdale Community of Macon County on October 4, 1970, the son of Mary Louise “Sue” Wester Wright White of Carthage and the late Clarence Vernon Wright, who died June 26, 2007 at the age of 65.
“I’ve known David since he was born,” said long time Hillsdale resident Edna Cothron, “and he worked for me on the farm for many years. David was always laughing and anytime I needed him for anything at all on the farm he was there for me. He grew up down here and he was always with his Daddy or grandfather. I certainly did think a lot of him and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”
Added friend Thomas Mowell, “David always had a big smile on his face and we became the best of friends after he began working for me at Mowell’s VP. A guy that was loved and admired by everyone, he was a man of his word and there wasn’t any job he wouldn’t do if you asked him. He was the type of guy you wanted to be around all the time, and he introduced me to the right kind of music.”
“He was like a brother to me and words can’t describe what a wonderful individual David was, who was ready to face any challenge. He touched the lives of many who knew him and shared his outgoing nature and kindness even with those who didn’t. He will be greatly missed, but I know I will see him again one day.”
Long-time friend, Spencer Shrum, who graduated with David in 1989, spoke softly about the guy who was such an integral part of his life. “We played basketball together from the 6th grade until our senior year. I remember when David would ride to ballgames with my family, and when Dad dropped him off at home, he would always try to pay him $5.00. He looked after all of us and he would tell us if we ever needed anything, just give big Dave a call. That’s the kind of man he was.”
“I have lost a wonderful friend who was voted Most School Spirited for three years at Macon County High School. It was an honor to know him and he was an inspiration to everyone. Even though his time was cut short, he will be remembered forever.”
Funeral services for David Christopher Wright were conducted Tuesday morning, September 20th at 11 a.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Rev. Earl Dirkson the Officiant and Rev. Clarence Cartwright the Eulogist. Burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Surviving in addition to his mother is a brother, Doug Wright of Carthage, several aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends, Vassie Carr and Sonya Crenshaw.
Mr. Wright was a member of the Howard Chapel A.M.E. Church in the Beech Hill Community.