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Former state policeman Thomas Gene Wright, 89, buried at Green Acres

Funeral services for Thomas Gene Wright, 89, were held September 10 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine.

A son of the late James and Leona Craft Wright, he was born in Mayking. He died August 16.

Mr. Wright enjoyed music, dancing, family card games, and socializing with his friends and veteran buddies. He was an Army master sergeant in the Korean War.

He joined the Kentucky State Police as a trooper in 1957 and acted as a bodyguard for John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Lyndon and “Lady Bird” Johnson on their visits to eastern Kentucky. He later worked for Beth-Elkhorn Company as head of security at its eastern Kentucky operations. He also served as a board member of the Letcher County Kentucky Farm Bureau for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Debbie Looney Wright; a daughter, Darlene Wright Snyder and husband Tracy of Mason, Ohio; a son, Jeff “Rocky” Wright and wife Thelma of Hyden; two stepdaughters, April Wright and husband Marquis, and Brande Scott and husband Randall, all of Pikeville; a stepson, Justin Wright of McRoberts; a brother, John Wright of Jenkins; three sisters, Polly Bittrich of Nicholasville, Glenna Theresa Matney of Brandenburg, and Sheila Wright of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Charity, Lauren, Crystal, Justin and Trenton; step-grandchildren, April, Justin and Brande; great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Sunny, Redford and Mason; and step-great-grandchildren, Alanna, Austen, Amauri, Amani, Makeilah, Maleik, Kiki, Austin, and Landon.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Norma Jean Campbell Wright; his son, Thomas Gene Wright, Jr.; his daughter-in-law, Vickie Easterwood Wright; his brother, Jessie Wright; and three sisters, Jimmy Kay Adkins, Margaret Adams, and Jane Bright.

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