James L. “Jim” Wright, 74, of Macon, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
The son of Loren and Margaret (Herbert) Wright, Jim was born on October 9, 1946, in Kirksville, Missouri. On August 25, 1968, he was united in marriage to Nancy Collop who survives.
Jim is also survived by two sons, Daniel Wright of Atlanta, MO, and John Wright of Bucklin, MO, as well as a grandson, James River Wright of Kirksville, MO. Jim is also survived by sister-in-law, Vicki Collop, four brothers-in-law, Mike (Cathy) Collop, Fred (Sandy) Collop, John (Cindy) Collop, and Chris Collop.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ellis and Lucille Collop, and brother-in-law, Frank Collop.
Jim was a 1964 graduate of Kirksville Senior High and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville. He taught/coached in Grundy County, before going into Administration in Novinger, Missouri, where he served as Principal and was last in Macon, Missouri, where he was Dean of Students, where he remained the rest of his career.
Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed the outdoors. He loved spending time at his cabin and was an avid hunter. He had a love for baseball and enjoyed coaching and attending his son’s and grandson’s ballgames.
Jim never met a stranger. He always said, “They’re not strangers, they are friends I haven’t met yet.” He always greeted his friends with that contagious smile and enjoyed every minute of their time together.
Jim has been cremated and his family will receive friends on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., with a Memorial Service to follow at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kirksville Baseball/Softball Association and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.
The family ask that those who attend the visitation and funeral service please wear a mask.