Remembering William “Billy” Wright

William “Billy” Wright

Mr. William Franklin “Billy” Wright, age 59 of Ruston, LA was born January 29, 1963 in Knoxville, TN to Verna May “Jo” and Billy Joe Wright, and he passed away January 15, 2023 in Ruston.

Billy was an avid outdoorsman. For much of his life, he could be found fishing, hunting, or simply enjoying long drives on the backroads. Billy was a talented nature photographer and musician. He played the trombone and other brass instruments in the Ruston High School band and later taught himself to play the banjo. Billy had a great sense of humor and was known as the “fun uncle” in the family. He dedicated the last few years of his life to caring for his elderly father full time. Billy was preceded in death by his mother; sisters Sharon Kidwell and Nedis Backus; fishing buddy Randy Knighten; and beloved dogs George and Gracie.

Billy is survived by his father; siblings: Philip Wright, Jolene Foster, Joyce Chandler, and Tammy Wright; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

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