Carlos Jessie Wright passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the age of 81. C.J. was born on February 6, 1939 in Gonzales, Texas to Osbon K. and Lula Mae Smith Wright. In 1950, C.J. went to live with Berkley and Olivia Lawrence. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Gonzales.
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Carlos often went by “C.J”, or as his grandchildren called him “Papa CJ”. C.J. first married Barbara Behlen in 1959, and together they had two children, Kenneth Warren Wright and Belinda Carol Walker. He later married Patsy Kelley Gascamp.
He attended Gonzales High School, where he played football for the Apaches. He graduated in 1959. Upon graduating, he joined the Texas National Guard – 36th Division – Battery Auxiliary. He was a sergeant and ran wire for communications. C.J. then went on to work for GVEC, where he acquired the nickname “Woodpecker”.
C.J. and Pat eventually left Gonzales and moved to Houston, where he worked for Cameron Iron and Van Lear Plastics for 12 years. After that, he went to work for Cooper Heat, traveling all over the world, testing high pressure pipelines and vessels.
Upon retiring, C.J. and Pat moved to their farm in Riverside, Texas. They spent their time traveling all around West, Texas hunting deer and fishing. When his grandchildren were of younger age, they would spend two weeks of their summers with Papa CJ. Their time together was spent fishing and riding their four wheelers all along the farm. One summer, they took a trip to Big Bend National Park. C.J. and Pat made sure to point out all the spots they had hunted along the way.
Carlos is survived by his two children, son, Kenneth Wright and wife Judy of Gonzales, daughter, Belinda Walker of Gonzales, step-daughter, Jackie Hinote and husband John of Riverside, grandchildren, Kyle Wright of Gonzales, Brock Wright and wife Katy of Pearsall, Brittany Walker, Kamii Ramos and husband Albert, and Tanner Walker, all of Gonzales, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Osbon and Lula Mae Wright, Berkley and Olivia Lawrence, and wife, Patsy Wright.
Services will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the First Lutheran Church of Gonzales, 1206 North St. Joseph Street Gonzales, Texas 78629. Friends may sign the guestbook or leave condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales.