Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John R. Wright

Dyer County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, September 27, 1942

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John R. Wright

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 27, 2020

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 71rst anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 7, 2013

I never knew my Great Grandfather, but I know, respect, and love him through the stories my Grandfather John Tarrant Wright told. He held him in the highest regard as a great man. In his memory, I re-tell what has been passed onto me.

Ann Wright

July 8, 2008

John R. Wright was my grand father.

I was three years old when he was killed so I do not have many memories.

He was the husband of Maude Wilkerson Wright and the father of four children: Russell Wright, Asa Wright, John Tarrant Wright, and Ellen Wright Cutler. All these people remained in the Lake, Dyer, and Obion Counties until their deaths.

My father, John Tarrant Wright, loved to talk about his father. The stories were endless. It made you want to have known this courageous man.

Frankie Wright Pierce

March 12, 2007

I have been told many stories of my grandfather, by my grandmother (Maude Wright) wife of John R Wright, and by my father John Tarrant Wright (son of John R Wright).
I know the area my father described to me where my grandfather died, and the details of the ambush. We understand the pistol that was used that morning has never been found. I do know my grandfathers pistol was still in his holster, when he died, and had been unfired. I often wonder what he would have been like, had he not died that morning in the rural area around Dewdrop. I understand he was an honorable man, who took his job as deputy very seriously. Many relatives and friends have missed him greatly.

Tom M. Wright
Grandson of John R. Wright

March 11, 2007

I never had the chance to meet John R. Wright, but heard many stories about him from my grandfather, John T. Wright. I know he was a courageous man, who loved his family. I am so glad he is being memorialized by the Sheriff's Department.

Michelle Pierce Chewning
Great Grandaughter

March 10, 2007

Deputy Wright, you are not forgotten

September 27, 2005

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