Phillip Russell


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Phillip Russell Wright

Feb 19 1929 - Oct 15 2008

Services for Phillip Russell Wright will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2008 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale Road Dallas, Texas 75238. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, Allen, Texas. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Sunday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. Phillip R. Wright, a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana, passed away October 15th at his home in Wylie, Texas. He was 79 years of age. He was diagnosed with liver cancer on June 27, 2008. Phill was born in Crawfordsville February 19, 1929, the forth of six children. He was a self taught musician. He married Janet Pearson on January 15, 1955 while in the Air Force. They have two children, Keith A. Wright of Waxahachie, Texas and Julie Ann Hall of Allen, Texas, two granddaughters, Brittany Nicole Hanlon and Megan Elizabeth Hanlon, of Allen, Texas. Phil is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Lola Wright, two brothers, Robert Ronald and Harold Dee and a sister, Annabelle Bartram. Besides his immediate family he is survived by an older brother, David of Tucson, Arizona and his youngest brother Richard of Signal Mt., Tennessee. Phill graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1946, and joined the Army Air Corp on January 27, 1947. He attended band school at Bolling AFB, Washington, DC. He served over twelve years in the Air Force being assigned to many field bands in the United States and a tour at Albrook Air Force Base, Canal Zone. After his discharge, he continued his education at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. Because of his poor health, Phill was unable to continue, but after many years and a number of relocations, did graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas in 1978 at the age of 48. Phill had many accomplishments including the organization and direction of the Montgomery County Civic Band in Crawfordsville, Indiana on February of 1964 and the band is now in its 44th year. He built a Band Wagon with the assistance of many volunteer band members in 1967 and the band played for numerous local parades and a number of times with the famous Schlitz Brewing Companies 40 Belgian horse hitch. He also wrote and published three books of his autobiography. His proudest accomplishments were becoming a husband, father and grandfather. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army locally, or sent to this address: Salvation Army Corps 3528 E 14th Street Plano, Texas 75074
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