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Legacy: Clem Arthur Wright Sr.

Over the years, Clem Arthur Wright Sr. volunteered countless hours to promote neighborhood beautification, improve safety and restore a sense of old-fashioned community. Clem Arthur Wright Sr. worked to make Memphis and Shelby County better – right up until his final days of life.

 Clem Arthur Wright Sr.

Wright died on Feb. 4, within days of hosting the first Shelby County Neighborhood Leadership meeting on January 31.

Over the years, this neighborhood organizer/activist volunteered countless hours to promote neighborhood beautification, improve safety and restore a sense of old-fashioned community. As president of the Whitehaven Citizen/Government Agency, he was well-known and always ready to lend a helping hand.

After he passed, Shelby County dignitaries took a moment to celebrate Wright’s notable achievements as a soldier, reservist, dedicated employee at Methodist-LeBonheur Healthcare and public servant.  

On Feb. 12, the day of his funeral services, Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. submitted a proclamation calling for an official observance of his life. In it, Luttrell called “upon all residents of our community to recognize and respect a period of mourning to be observed on this day.”

Wright, born June 18, 1945, was the second of four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and Geneva Wright. He graduated from Carver High School on May 25, 1965 and William R. Moore School of Technology in July 1972. On Nov. 16, 2001, he completed the Citizen Police Academy.

After high school, he went into the armed forces where he served first as a soldier in the Viet Nam War, and later had a distinguished and decorated career as an Army reservist.

Wright came back to Memphis and on Feb. 27, 1972 he took a job at Methodist Healthcare, where he worked as a mechanic in the maintenance department and later was given responsibility for designing, developing and implementing the corporate – wide signage system.

After 31 years of faithful service, Wright retired but he did not slow down.  Since then, he has served as a police ambassador and ardent promoter of his neighborhood.

N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Wright leaves one daughter, Cynthia Wright; one son, Clem Arthur (Shacreta) Wright Jr.; a dear friend, Mary Wright; one sister, Clara Williams; and a brother, Clinton Wright, all of Memphis; another brother, Clarence Wright of Virginia; four grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


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