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Doug Wright
Doug Wright

Douglas Irvin Wright was born the son of Buddy Irvin Wright and Alice Lou (Cantrell) Wright on January 17, 1966, in West Plains, Missouri and departed this life May 17, 2014, at St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 48 years.

He is survived by his parents, Buddy and Alice Lou Wright of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two sisters, Donna Henry and husband, Joe of Thayer, Missouri and Tammy Hufstedler and husband, Derek of Thayer, Missouri; one brother, John Wright and wife, Angela of Thayer, Missouri; two nieces, Ashlyn Hufstedler and Jaycelyn Wright; five nephews, Aaron Henry, Austin Henry, Ayden Henry, Braden Hufstedler and Zaiden Wright; two aunts, Novella Cantrell and Carol (Wright) Pulley; one uncle, Harold Cantrell and wife, Becky; several cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clifton and Bertha Wright; maternal grandparents, Ben and Lola Cantrell; four uncles, Dale Wright, Herbert Cantrell, Hershel “Bud” Cantrell and Billy Ray Cantrell; and one aunt, Betty (Cantrell) Girdley.

Doug enjoyed working at Oregon County Sheltered Work Shop in Alton, where he will be missed by his many friends and co-workers. The highlight of Doug’s life was spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Pooh”.

He was a faithful Christian, a member of the Alton Church of Christ and thoroughly enjoyed attending church services.

In his pastime, Doug read and studied his Bible, enjoyed listening to recorded sermons, and loved to write scriptures from the Bible.

He was deeply loved and protected by his family. He will be remembered for his deep devotion to his family and how he touched everyone with his love, kind heart, sweet smile, great spirit and generous soul. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Arvil Hill officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.




  1. Darrell and Esther Strain
    May 19, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    We at the Sheltered Workshop are sure going to miss Doug. Most ever morning he would look me up to tell me “good morning”. Our prayers for the family in this time of loss.


  2. Buck and Paula Miller
    May 19, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Buddy, Lou and family
    We were sorry to hear about Doug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  3. Jan Beazley-Shields
    May 19, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    Donna and Family, It is with deepest sympathy for you and your family. Losing a sibling and child is the utmost tragedy. But I know that Doug is in Heaven with no worries. And knowing that gives family some peace. Donna you and Doug were apart of my childhood memories. Since we graduated together I have thought of you many, many times. I pray peace upon you all! My God continue to stand beside you! God Bless!


  4. Sheila Brown
    May 19, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Doug was such a special person and he was easy to get to know and appreciate. His faith was unwavering, he knew in whom he had placed his trust and was willing to share with others the joy and peace he found in Christ. My heart breaks for all of you who loved him so much and who he cherished so dearly. He adored his nieces and was always on the lookout for fun things to purchase in the thrift store for them. He’d often come in and tell me funny things they’d done or said. We will all greatly miss him here at the workshop, I am ever thankful that our lives touched if only for awhile here, but we will have eternity to share. My prayer is for God’s peace to hold you and the Holy Spirit to comfort you, knowing Doug is safe at home with the Father.


  5. Jinks and Pat Wynn
    May 19, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss! Will remember your family in prayer in the coming days. May God give comfort as only He can. Love to your family from ours!


  6. Audena Granger
    May 20, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    John & Family:
    So sorry for your loss. May you have many wonderful treasured memories of times spent together. Praying God will give you and your family comfort and peace.
    God Bless,
    Audena Granger-Staley


  7. Mary Jo Johnson
    May 20, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts, prayers, and sympathy are with you and your family


  8. Rachel McDonald
    May 21, 2014 @ 7:21 am

    I believe that Doug was a special gift from God. His gentle spirit and quick smile were always a bright spot. He was the kind of guy that you could not help respond to with a smile. While it’s hard for us to lose someone who means so much to us, I am confident that Doug is rejoicing in his glorified body now. He is happy. He is at peace. I am so thankful for having known him.


  9. Vicki Gantt
    May 21, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God gives you peace that passes all understanding. My thoughts and prayers are with you all now and always.


  10. Pam Sieminski (Zimmerman )
    May 21, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Donna so sorry to hear about Doug. His picture looks great. Didn’t change much. Bless your family through these hard times. Pam


  11. Robin Holman
    May 21, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    Doug was a special friend and person in my family’s life. There was always a “Doug” story coming from my sister Kim. Doug was the one tried and true friend to Kim and that will never be forgotten. My family will cherish the memories he gave us, until we all meet again!


  12. Cindy Cooper Cowens and Shelby
    May 22, 2014 @ 7:12 am

    We are so sorry for the family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The video was beautiful and I see you have precious memories to hold near and dear!


  13. Kelly, Angela, & Ashley Steed
    May 22, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    Donna, Tammy, and family. May God comfort your family during this difficult time. We are praying for you.


  14. Truman and Linda Combs
    May 26, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

    The video of Doug with the family over the years is so precious. I know you will all miss him more than words can say. He was special to so many. Daddy and Mother thought the world of him…and all of your family. We know God helps us and gives us strength to endure heart breaking times like this. You were so blessed to have his sweet soul in your lives and you have so many wonderful memories to hold in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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