Anthony Jerome Wright Sr, 65, departed this life on Friday, March 12, 2021 at The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital in Bel Air, Maryland. He was born August 26, 1955 in Hurlock, Maryland to the late Bertha Louise Wright-Clark and the late Jessie James Dobson.
Anthony received his education from the Dorchester County Public School Systems, in Hurlock, MD. After high school, he held his first permanent job at the Valley Protein plant in Linkwood, MD. Following that, he held several other jobs including, Bay Shore, Country Pride, Pet Poultry and various other employers in Maryland and Delaware. He was also a self-employed vendor, receiving payment for a favorite hobby, which was cooking. Anthony enjoyed cooking and referred to himself as the “Grill Master,” selling platters and satisfying hungry customers. He was always in competition with his sisters, declaring himself to be the best cook of the family, saying his cooking was the closest to their mothers. But, ask any of his sisters, and they will tell you that he would secretly confess that he knew the girl's cooking was better than his. He just enjoyed the competition and being playful with his family.
Anthony was truly a family man. He loved and provided for his children and loved ones, when he was young and in good health, and also as he was aging, and seeing his health declining. Anthony was loyal to his friends and family. He was fun, spontaneous and trustworthy. It’s hard to find a friend like him. You never knew when he was going to wake up and do something fun with the family, like playing baseball and letting his children pile up on him and beat him up, go on an outing to Ocean City or Trap Pond or just have a barbeque for the neighborhood. And it didn’t matter if he threw the party or if he was invited to a party, you could count on him to be the life of the party. Friends and family were not the only things that he loved though. He also enjoyed fishing, bullfrogging and animals - sometimes strange animals. People that knew him can surely remember those animals and those meals. Prior to the Pandemic, he also enjoyed going to church with his sisters at Greater Mt. Zion Apostolic Holiness Church.
During his lifetime, Anthony had several aliases and titles. Some knew him as Anthony, Antney, Tony and Jerome. Others knew him as Dad, Honey, Pop-Pop, Brother, Uncle, Nephew and Cousin. Most of us knew him as Friend. As we continue to live our lives without his physical presence, we will miss the role he played in our lives, but also cherish the memories we have shared with him. He was like a gentle giant - a man of stature, but easy going and outgoing. He chose rather to avoid trouble, than to exercise muscle. It was a skill that served him well in his lifetime and has caused him to be so loved, admired and missed today.
Anthony leaves to mourn his passing, his children; Norma Wright, GA, Anthony Wright Jr, Ashanti Wright, Shavonne Parker, all of MD, Antonio Dorman, PA, Anthony Dorman, VA, Menyonne Fletcher, Tykisha Fletcher, Benjamin Jackson, all of MD and Vance Mann, DE, thirteen siblings; Shiana Wright-Murray (Nathaniel), DE, Ida Lake (Percy), Terris Elvey, Carolyn Wright, all of MD, Pindora Clark (Edwin), FL, Maxine Watson (George), Andre Clark (Lynette), Faye Smith, Ellenora Brown, Frank Driggins (Jo Ann), Helen Smith, Kevin Smith, all of MD and Jessie Smith (Joyce), DE, one uncle, Doug Dobson (Lillie), one great-aunt; Ella Mae Holland, 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, Bertha Louise Clark-Wright and Jessie James Dobson, Anthony was preceded in death by his grandmother, Edna Wright, grandfather, Leonard White, four brothers, Gerald Aldridge, Keith Wright, Clifford Smith and Donnie Crosland; one sister, Joyce Anne Rexach and many other loved ones.
Anthony was a loving, joyous and entertaining person. He will be sorrowfully missed, and he leaves this world to mourn his passing.
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