Carl William Wright


Carl William Wright, age 73, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away at 11:54 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at his home as a result of a farming accident.  He was born November 18, 1943, in Everton, Missouri, the son of the late Nelson and Euna (Edington) Wright.

Carl was a 1961 graduate of Everton High School and attended Joplin Junior College in Joplin, Missouri.  He served in the National Guard during the Vietnam era.

On April 10, 1969, he married Marilyn Zent, in Mt. Vernon.

Carl was passionate about agriculture and the cattle business and devoted his life to building a quality herd of Charolais cattle.  He was a member of the American-International Charolais Association, served on the Lawrence County Extension Council, and was a board member of the former MFA Association.  He worked tirelessly to obtain the assets from that defunct organization in a way that would benefit local youth.  Those funds were eventually used to build the Lawrence County Youth Fair livestock complex that now bears his name and earned him a spot in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame.  He was excited to share his love of the beef industry with his daughters and beloved grandson, Mason, and was proud of the fact that his grandson was the 6th generation of the family to live on the farm his family homesteaded in 1882.

He was also a Mason and member of New Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn; two daughters, Carla Hayes and her husband, Jarrod, of Everton; and Mona Wright-Harp and her husband, Stephen, of Mt. Vernon; grandson, Mason; two brothers, Nelson Wright Jr. of Republic, Missouri; and Glendal Wright and his wife, Alice, of Kiev Ukraine; his mother-in-law, Lois Zent, of Mt. Vernon;  three exchange students who were sons of the heart, Ismael Beitia of David, Panama; Antonio Beitia of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Tayfun Azakli of Dubai.  The Abel and Claudia Lopez family were also beloved friends who became family.

His parents, Nelson and Euna; brother, Roland Wright; and his father-in-law, Robert Zent, preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.  Burial, with full military honors, will follow at the Sinking Creek Cemetery in Everton.  Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made payable to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be share at this website.


6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712

  Funeral Service

2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


Following funeral service

Sinking Creek Cemetery, Everton, MO.

  Memorial donations

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712

Memorial donations may be made payable to St. Jude Children's Hospital, in care of the funeral home

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Kathy Koca

Marilyn and Family

I was shocked when I got to work and Found Carl's obituary on my Radio Station email... I always loved the stories you told at MVH about Carl and your family. I will always remember when he called the station and we starting laughing when I asked if he was Marilyn's husband. and he admitted he was!! Prayers for you and your Family, Marilyn... Keep those good Memories..

 Posted May 17, 2017 - 11:05am
Tom and Mary Swain

Dear Marilyn, Mona and Family
Praying for you. We extend our deepest sympathy.

 Posted May 13, 2017 - 8:32pm
Lisa and Bill Rose

Our Hearts Were Saddened To Hear Of This News ....Our Family Sends Our Deepest Condolences....Sending Prayers And Love To Your Family During This Heartfelt Time

 Posted May 12, 2017 - 8:42pm
Don Evans

Marilyn and Family,

Carol and I were saddened to learn of Carl's death. You can all take comfort and be extra proud of his life's work on behalf of other people. I really enjoyed this video.

Our prayers are with you.

Don and Carol Evans

 Posted May 12, 2017 - 2:15pm
Lesia and Kim Jones, Everton,Mo

Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Carl was always smiling and each time I saw him he would tell me he was going to show up for breakfast one saturday and surprise me since I always had a bunch in. I sure wish he had. He will live on in our memories for years.

 Posted May 12, 2017 - 11:51am
Roanna Lewis

Marilyn and family, praying for God's comfort,

 Posted May 12, 2017 - 7:46am
Roanna Lewis

Marilyn and family, praying for God's comfort for you.

 Posted May 12, 2017 - 7:44am
Brandi Freiburger

Prayers for all! I will cherish my fond memories of my childhood with your family. I will miss my yearly visit with him at LCYF. Thanks for all your dedication to agriculture and your generous support to the Lawrence Co 4H and the kids of Mount Comfort 4H. Carl, may you Rest In Peace.

 Posted May 12, 2017 - 7:25am
Gail Irwin

Sending our prayers and sympathy to the family. So sorry for hearing of this tragedy. Mona works at the Mt. Vernon facility with our son, Chad Irwin. My sister-in-law is Glenda Irwin of Carthage. Praying for inner peace while going through this difficult time. Tony & Gail Irwin, Carthage.

 Posted May 11, 2017 - 9:31am
Don and Carole Kleiboeker

Such a good man, taken too soon. May God's love comfort you. You are in our prayers.

 Posted May 10, 2017 - 11:37pm
judy garringer

Marilyn, so sorry for the loss of Carl. My family and I send prayers for all of your family. Judy Garringer and family.

 Posted May 10, 2017 - 7:46pm

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