[Funeral Program for William Thomas Wright, Jr., September 27, 1995] Page: 3 of 14
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My dear husband, William Thomas Wright, Jr., was born July 21,1959 in Andrews, Texas to Reverend and Mrs.
William and Winnie Wright. "Billy", as he was known to us, professed his faith in Jesus Christ at a very young age
and exemplified Christian character throughout his entire life.
Major William Thomas Wright, Jr. M. D. departed this life Friday, September 22,1995 in Brooke Army Medical
Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In 1983, Billy married Cheryl Lanette Breedlove. To this Christian union was
born one child, Whitney Tianna, age seven. In addition to being a Sunday School teacher, Billy's work in the church
included membership on the Steward Board, Lay Organization, Prayer Chain, and Nurses Guild.
Billy received his formative education in the Crane Independent School District, graduating as valedictorian and
a National Merit Scholar in 1977. He entered Texas Tech on a ROTC scholarship where he served as Battalion
Commander and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in 1981. During his high school and college years, he
recieved numerous academic and service awards. He pledged Kappa Alpha P si fraternity in 1978 and remained
an active member of the San Antonio alumni chapter.
In 1981, Billy began his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas; he
graduated in 1985. After medical school, he entered the medical corps in the United States Army, rose to the rank
of Major, and became certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). He
served as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Director of Interventional Cardiology, and, for a
time, as the Clinical Director for the Cardiovascular Technician School at BAMC.
Billy held memberships in the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American
Medical Association, National Medical Association, and C. A. Whittier Medical Society. His military awards were
numerous and included an Army Commendation Medal for his 1994 service during Operation Safe Haven in
He was an active volunteer of the American Heart Association (AHA), San Antonio Division, and was slated to
serve as President within the next 3-5 years. He initiated the AHA's African-American Outreach Committee, served
as a member of the Board of Directors, Speakers Bureau, and volunteered at community health fairs.
In honor of his tremendous example of community service, the American Heart Association, San Antonio
Division, will begin presenting a new annual award in his memory. It will be called the "William T. Wright, Jr., M.
D. Award of Excellence for Community Volunteer Initiatives" to recognize those individuals who demonstrate
initiative in implementing effective community education opportunities in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
The first award will be presented at the Association's local annual meeting to be held June, 1996.
Billy was a devoted and loving husband, father, and son. He exhibited a strong Christian faith which was a solid
foundation for his family and friends. He was Jull of wit and humor and enjoyed his family. Although his days ended
too early, he lived a Jull and happy life and was a compassionate, caring physician committed to his profession.
He was preceded in death by his father, Reverend William T. Wright, Sr. Billy leaves a legacy of hope in Christ
to his survivors: His wife, Dr. Cheryl L. Wright, and daughter, Whitney Tianna Wright, San Antonio, Texas; mother,
Mrs. Winnie Wright, Austin, Texas; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mrs. Brenda Hill and husband, Willie, of
Jasper, Texas and Mrs. Diane Carmichael and husband, Melvin, of Austin, Texas; grandmother, Mrs. Carlene
Thomas, Austin, Texas; father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Donnie Breedlove, Dallas, Texas; three
nephews, two aunts, four uncles, two great-aunts, one great-uncle, and a host of relatives and friends.
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