James Normand Wright, 83, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR. James was born July 1, 1933 in DeQueen, AR to James & Lela Mae (Jackman) Wright. James was a 20 year service retired Captain in the US Marines; a 38 year pastor of New Providence Baptist Church in Slatonville; a 20 year counselor with Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carol; children, Donna, Gay, Robert, Cheryl, Rhonda and Mike; grandson, Leonard.
He is survived by his wife Nellie (Carter) Wright; daughters & sons in law, Liddie & Jim Brown of Inola, OK, Joey & Bill Caughern of Hodgen, OK; 15 grandchildren, Gary McGinnis II, James McGinnis, Julie Ellis, Maj. Michelle Wylie, Jeff McGinnis, Anthony Rader, Jason Ramsey, Wyatt Heavener, Clay Caughern, Katy Caughern, Peyton Benham, Keelee Benham, Michael Richards, James Richards, Josh Richards; 15 great grandchildren, Micah McGinnis, Gary McGinnis III, Scott McGinnis, Mariah Harris, Dylan Walls, Joseph Wylie, Katey Clausen, Coy Michael McGinnis, Aiden Altom, Kale Altom, James Rader, Nicole Rader, Jessica Pope, Nathan Newman, Jacob Newman; sister & brother in law, Dorothy & Ray Cunningham of Austin, TX; other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jerry Welch officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Gary McGinnis II, James McGinnis, Jeff McGinnis, Anthony Rader, Jason Ramsey, Wyatt Heavener, and Clay Caughern.
The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.