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Carlon Dale Wright

November 24, 1945 ~ February 17, 2018 (age 72)

                             Carlon Dale Wright of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, passed away at dawn on Saturday, February 17. A graduate of Anderson High School, Georgetown College, and the University of Kentucky School of Law, he dedicated thirty-eight years to justice and the wellbeing of communities he served in Lawrenceburg as City Attorney; in Anderson County as County Attorney, a partner in the Bowen & Wright and Edelman & Wright law firms, and as an active member of the Democratic Party of Anderson County; and throughout Kentucky as counsel for the State Department for Natural Resources, Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association, and General Counsel for the Public Service Commission.  


In the summer of 1959, the Reverend Carl Wright moved to Lawrenceburg from Owensboro with Virgina, his spouse, Lanie, his daughter, and Dale, his son, to begin pastoring First Baptist Church. There in the sultry glimmer of the city pool, Dale met Charlotte, the daughter of Judge Ollie and Louise Bowen, and for fifty-eight years they loved, marrying on June 17, 1967, and returning from their studies to Lawrenceburg to raise their children and serve the communities of their homeplace.  


Dale connected with people across cultures, languages, professions, places, incomes, genders, beliefs, sports, abilities, fortunes and fates. He was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity, the Freemasons of Frankfort, Lions Club International, and Rotary International; a high school football referee; an easygoing friend to all; mentor to young professionals; and, in retirement, pro bono counsel to those who sought his help.  


Under Anderson High football coaches Henry M. "Buzz" Frazier and Jim Boyd, he developed into an all-state end and a lifelong supporter of the Kentucky Wildcats and Anderson County football programs. Along with coaching little league football teams for over two decades, Dale joined Keith Klink to crisscross Kentucky on autumn and winter Friday nights as color commentator for the Keith and Dale Show, the cable TV voice of Anderson football. Through wind, heat, rain, and snow, their on-air chemistry and dedication to the players, to whom Dale gave the collective moniker "Band of Brothers," delighted the community for a quarter of a century.  


Dale was preceded in death by his daughter, Shawna Alane Wright of Lawrenceburg; mother, Mary Virgina Watson Wright; father, Reverend Carl Everett Wright—both of Henderson; and his sister, Carlene Ann Bilbro of Greenville.


He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Bowen Wright; his daughter, Kristen Louise Wright; granddaughters, Allison Louise Zeller and Emma Grace Zeller; and grandson, Malachi Allen Zeller—all of Lawrenceburg; his son, James Everett Wright; daughter-in-law, Tania Rocío Robalino; and granddaughter, Daniela Jhanise Pérez—all of Baltimore, Maryland; his sister, Carla Lane "Lanie" Wright (Scott) Johnson; and seven nieces and nephews.


                  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Robert F. Ehr and Michael Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church.


                  Casket bearers will be JD Drury, Kent Watson, Hunter Moore, Scott Johnson, Chad Foster, Buddy Thompson, Keith Klink, and Malachi Zeller. Honorary bearers will be Jerry Cubert, Kelly Thompson, LaRue Ruble, Larry Taylor, Justin Thomas, Tom Jones, Bill Patrick, Roger Greer, Marvin Coles, Bill Willis, Dave Disponett, Daryl Crawford, Bobby Edwards, Jim Atkins.


                  Memorial contributions are suggested to benefit stem cell research for COPD through the American Lung Association, 1200 Hosford Street Suite 101, Hudson, WI 540106-9316.  A donation can also be made using this link-


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