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William Eugene Wright

March 4, 1930 ~ March 4, 2019 (age 89)
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Bill Wright, a long time resident of Holiday Isle, Destin, died March 4, 2019, at Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast. He resided at Brookdale Destin in Miramar Beach, Florida for the last 4 years.  Mr. Wright was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1930 to William E. Wright, Sr. and Alice Elizabeth Thomson, their only child. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama after serving as a medic with the U.S. Navy in Korea. He met his wife while they were both students at the university. After graduation, Mr. Wright enlisted with the U.S. Air Force as an officer and continued to work in the medical field, training and commanding medical squadrons and in the hospital administration field, retiring in December 1979. In 1980, he opened the Ships Chandler tackle store in Destin, Florida, serving the needs of commercial fisherman and charter boats. In 1983, he passed the store and commercial fishing operations to his sons. Afterwards, Bill and his wife traveled all over the world for several years.  Mr. Wright is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sullivan Wright and daughter, Tama Elizabeth Douglas. He is survived by his sons, Daniel E. Wright and Peter W. Wright, daughter Susan W. Kiefer, daughter-in-laws Cheryl A. Wright and Elizabeth H Wright, 8 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.  A private family funeral and internment took place on March 7, 2019, Destin Memorial Cemetery.

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