Kenneth Gail Wright, 91, of Huntington, WV and formerly of Gassaway, WV passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at the Chateau Grove Skilled Nursing Facility in Barboursville, WV. He was born July 29th, 1927, in Piney, WV, the son of the late Lot and Rosa Elder Wright. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Carolyn Wright (9-07-1977), a son, Stephen Gail Wright (12- 13- 2016); sisters, Mary Tennant, Madge Bostaph, Grace Haught, Sylvia Crawford; brothers, Chester, Denzil, Junior, and Henry Wright. He was a US Navy Veteran, a Free Mason, “jack of all trades”, craftsman, fisherman, hunter and gardener. He was known as Dad, “Pop”, Kenny, Kenneth, and Gail. He retired from Columbia Gas Corporation in 1981 after a 30-year career that began in Elkins, took him to Gassaway in 1960 where he was a foreman and over the operations of the Frametown Compressor Station. An accomplished welder and pipeliner, he spent many summers as the chief inspector for Columbia Gas overseeing hundreds of miles of pipeline construction throughout the eastern seaboard. Surviving is his son, Kenneth Dean Wright (Judy) of Huntington, seven grandchildren, Nika Anne Hettlinger (Marc), Jana Kathleen Stoner (Ryan), Bradley Dean Wright (Samantha), Mara Wright Sutphin (Richard), Wesley John Wright, Sara Elizabeth Wright, (all of Huntington) and Jessica Carolyn Lemasters (Jeff) of New Martinsville, WV. Six great-grandchildren, Kathleen Anne, Carolyn Gail and Christopher “Topher” Wesley Stoner, Hampton Dean and Campbell Anne Hettlinger, and Annie Garrett Wright. As a seven-year resident at Chateau Grove, their staff and residents are also considered “Kenneth’s family”. The personal care they provided in their own loving special manner was greatly appreciated and will always be remembered. A grave side service for family and friends will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park, New Martinsville, WV at 1 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 with his granddaughter, The Rev. Dr. Jana Kathleen Stoner presiding. Beard Mortuary of Huntington is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you spend some time with your family out in nature, enjoying the living flowers and all of God's creation. That is what we feel Dad and our “Pop” would have wanted.
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