|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1915|
|Death: ||Aug. 6, 2009|
obit and photo from online at Roller Funeral Home:
Ernie E. Wright, age 93, of Harrison, died Thursday, August 6, 2009. He is a native of Carroll County, Arkansas, and was born October 31, 1915, the son of James Robert and LuVindie (Williams) Wright. He graduated as valedictorian of his Berryville, Arkansas High School class in 1934. He earned the A.B. and J.D. degrees at the University of Arkansas in 1938 and 1940. He was captain of the intercollegiate debate team. On August 22, 1941, he and Alyce E. Collins of Cotter, Arkansas, were married, and they have a son, Warren Wright, and a daughter, Carolyn D. Wright. They have a grandson, Brecht Wright Gander. Warren and Carolyn both have graduate degrees from Florida State University and University of Arkansas respectively.
In 1942, Mr. Wright was elected Prosecuting Attorney for the 16th Judicial District of Arkansas. After serving 15 months in that office he resigned and entered the U.S. Army as World War II was in progress. He served for the most part in the U.S. Air Force until the war ended. In 1948, he was elected a Presidential Elector for Harry S. Truman. Mr. Wright practiced law in Mountain Home and was elected Chancery Judge of the 11th Chancery District of Arkansas in 1954. He served in that office until he retired after more than 20 years of service.
In January 1956, he and his family moved from Mountain Home to Harrison, which was more in the middle of the Chancery District. In 1979, he was appointed by Governor Clinton as Chief Judge of the newly created Arkansas Court of Appeals and he served through 1980, until a newly elected Chief Judge could assume office in January 1981. Over the next several years he was appointed numerous times as Special Judge of the Court of the Appeals and as Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He served on the executive committee of the Arkansas Judicial Council and as president of the Council. He chaired a federal land commission on the Buffalo River National Park in 1996. On his 90th birthday the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a per curiam order honoring him for his services to the state of Arkansas. He is a past president of the Harrison Rotary Club. In his active years he was listed in WHO'S WHO IN THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST.
He is survived by his wife, Alyce (Aline); his son, Warren and his wife Linda, of Harrison; his daughter, Carolyn, and her husband Forrest Gander and their son Brecht Gander, of Rhode Island; and his youngest brother, Harold Bell Wright, of Bedford, Texas.
Rev. Kerry Liggett officiated the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Legacy Hospice, 215 N. Chestnut, Harrison, AR 72601
Created by: Rosa Cline
Record added: Aug 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41278741
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