James Andrew Wright, Sr., 79, of New Paris, OH, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at his residence. Born on April 22, 1937 in Wayne County, IN, he was the son of the late Jess & Virgie (Kilgore) Wright. He retired in 1997 after 32 years with Dana Corporation in Richmond, IN; a U.S. Navy veteran; Life Member and Past Commander of American Legion Post #360 in New Paris; Life Member of AMVETS in Eldorado and member of the US Trotting Association.
Preceded in death by his son: James A. Wright, Jr. in 1995; granddaughter: Cassondra Lee Wright; great grandson: Draven Bradley; 5 brothers and sisters.
Survived by Wife of 57 years: Bonnie L. (Mackey) Wright; Children: Vickie Sue (John) Blevins, Tammie J. (Brian) Spigle and Kevin Lee Wright and companion Rose Page; Sister: Betty Griffith; 11 grandchildren: Billy, Felecia, Angela, Michael, Jerod, Josh, Andy, Shanelle, Brittany, Caleb and Jacob; 13 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren. Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Barnes Funeral Home, 109 West Main St., New Paris, OH with Pastor Curtis Richardson officiating. Interment with military honors by the Preble County Honor Guard will be held in Spring Lawn Cemetery in New Paris. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the New Paris Food Bank. Condolences may be sent to the family via the Web site at www.barnesfuneralhome.com