September 7, 1948 ~ October 24, 2022

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

William J. Wright, Jr., 74, passed away Monday, October 24, 2022, at his home.

Bill was born September 7, 1948, in Asheville, to the late William J. Wright, Sr. and Hazel Stepp Wright. He was preceded in death by his son, William Edward Wright. He grew up in Swannanoa and graduated from Owen High School. Bill served in the US Navy and he was the owner and operator of Wright’s Coin Shop. He was a member of various numismatic organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Buckner Wright, a daughter Shelley Wright, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Palumbo-Wright, and a sister, Barbara Zwarkowski.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Dr. Ralph H. Sexton, Jr., and Allen Rash officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

The family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service, from 11:00 – 12:00.

Memorials may be made to Hearts with Hands, 850 Warren Wilson College Road, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

Services

Funeral Service: November 1, 2022 12:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Visitation: November 1, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial:

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(828)669-0684

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  1. My sincere condolences to the entire family. I’m praying for peace and comfort for you all in this difficult time.
    Much love, Jessica Warren

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  2. My thought’s and prayers for the family so sorry for your loss may God comfort you in this difficult time. Much Love, Melinda G.

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  3. Billy lived across the street for many years. We spent a lot of playing games & going to his grandfathers store in black Mtn. Lots of fun memories of Billy & his family.

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  4. Sending condolences from the Williams Family on Craig Circle. For many years our mother Estie cared for Billy & Shelly. May it comfort you to know others are thinking of you at this difficult time😢🙏🏻😢 Penny, Rusty, Rebecca & Michael

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  5. My best to Linda and Shelley. Bill and I have been good friends for more years than I can count. Always an honest, straightforward, but kind man. This world needs more people like Bill. Till we meet again Friend…

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  6. Bill has been a friend since the early70’s without a doubt he was one of the most honest men I know. He will be missed.

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  7. Mr. Wright, I am so blessed to have met you. I will cherish our brief moment in my heart forever. Your sweet hug and thoughtfulness meant the world to me. I will most definitely smoke my cigar you gave me and think of you. I so hate we didn’t get to enjoy some story time together. But, I will see you in glory.

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  8. I grew up with Bill in Swannanoa. From playing Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball to our high school years. I often visited with him at his store at the Kmart Plaza. Always a good friend. Till we meet again.

    Anita and Terry

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    • We were very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one.
      Shelley, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
      May God comfort you and help you remember your precious memories with your Dad.

      With deepest sympathy,

      Peggy and Danny Warren

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  9. Dearest Shelley and family. Ron and I are so sorry for your loss, and wish had been able to attend in person.
    May you find peace and comfort at this time.

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    • We were very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one.
      Shelley, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
      May God comfort you and help you remember your precious memories with your Dad.

      With deepest sympathy,

      Peggy and Danny Warren

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  10. Linda and Shellie so sorry for your loss. Praying for you two.Bruce has a lot of good memories of him and Bill playing together and going to
    Sunday school with Aunt Hazel . We love you Bruce and Martha Craig

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  11. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. What a great man. I became acquainted with Bill back in the 70’s during the Tom Morrissey Administration at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department. Bill was such a personable man as well as honest in all my dealing with him over the years. Bill had helped me many times with his expertise. He will be missed!

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