Selby Palma Wright

selby wright

June 3, 1935 ~ March 4, 2024

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Selby Palma Wright of Arden, North Carolina died March 4, 2024 at the age of 88 at Heather Glen Assisted Living facility.

Selby was born June 3,1935 in Asheville, North Carolina to the late Billy Palma Wright and Caroleen Elizabeth Selby Wright. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Floy Roland Wright and his sister, Anna Wright Ward. He is survived by his daughter, Floy Elizabeth Wright Kampe, her husband, Barry, and grandchildren, Nate and Lydia Kampe. He is also survived by his brothers, Billy Earle Wright of Fletcher and Samuel David Wright of Arden.

Selby graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School, Class of 1952 and was active in his class alumni group. He attended Clemson University where he studied mechanical engineering. There was very little he could not fix. He was the owner/operator of Wright Motor Lines Trucking Company and loved to tell stories about his many experiences over the years.

Selby enjoyed teaching swimming and water safety through The American Red Cross for nearly fifty years. He was a Lifetime Member of the Asheville Rifle and Pistol Club, where he enjoyed serving as an officer and competing in numerous shooting competitions through the years. He was a long time member of Temple Baptist Church. He was a history buff and loved talking about warfare, specifically related to battleships and World War II. He also enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in their sporting and artistic endeavors of baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, orchestra, and dance. It was exceedingly rare that he ever missed an opportunity to watch them and was very proud of all of their accomplishments.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 29, 2024 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden, followed by the funeral ceremony at 11:00 am with Pastor Patrick Creed officiating. Burial will then take place at Green Hills Cemetery in Asheville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the American Red Cross or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: March 29, 2024 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: March 29, 2024 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704



Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. To Selby’s brother Billy and All the family, Gerald and I send our Sincere Condolences. May you find Strength, and Peace in your Faith in God as you work through the grief.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up across the road from Mr. Wright and he was such a kind man. He will be missed.

  3. Selby was always a true friend, with good advice and wonderful stories. I will miss him. He rest with the Lord and many, I am sure, are happy to see with him again.

  4. Selby will be missed! He was a fine gentleman and my Kids loved to be around him when they were young.
    He will be with Floy now and that makes me smile.
    I am so sorry for your loss!

  5. Sorry for the loss of ur dad. I always enjoyed him sharing stories of his life experiences. I will miss him.

  6. So sorry to hear about Selby, He was so proud of his family as we all are. God bless you greatly!

  7. Dear Floy, Barry, and family,
    Please know that the entire Verner community and I are sending you our wishes for peace and comfort at this very difficult time.
    Holding you in our hearts,

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