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David Wright
  • October 07, 1953
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  • November 20, 2021

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David K. Wright, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, passed away November 20, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. David was born October 7, 1053, in San Antonio, TX, to William and Lois Wright. After graduating from the University Of Texas at San Antonio, David was commissioned in the Navy, April 1982; retiring after 30 years of service.  During his career, David earned two Masters’ Degrees, along with numerous and various awards.  He was honored to have been the Afloat Commander of the USS Robert G. Bradley, followed by Command Ashore, Military Sealift Command, Naples, Italy. David loved serving God, his country and The United States Navy. David was preceded in death by his mother, Lois M. Wright. He is survived by his wife Betty, of New Smyrna Beach; son, Brian (Emily), of Killeen, TX; daughter, Kendall, of Richmond, VA and grandchildren, David, Lauren, Joshua and Ava. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Baldwin Brothers, New Smyrna Beach, FL.  Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., January 8, 2022 at Baldwin Brothers, 1 N Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. Internment to be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.



Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home New Smyrna Beach

Date & Time:
January 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM

January 31, 2022 @ 11:00 amFort Sam Houston National Cemetery,
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  1. Betty Chrisman says:
    27 Jan 2022
    Sincere condolences to David’s family. Prayers extended to Betty and Bill Wright, father, siblings in the Wright family. I meet David at his Mother’s service. Thank you David for your services. May you rest in Eternal Peace healed until we meet at Our given time. God blessing to all.

  2. Betty Chrisman lit a candle:
    27 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 27, 2022 at 1:56:21 AM

  3. Bob McVey says:
    22 Jan 2022
    I only met David later in life in San Antonio as he made trips to visit his father William (Bill) Wright. But for the limited times we did meet and the conversations we had, they were always pleasant and enjoyable. We shared one thing in common from the start, that being his father who was my good friend. I, like David, like my son and Davids brother Stephen, as well has their dad Bill are all retired military. This in itself puts us all in it's on brotherhood. I really hated to hear of Davids announcement that he had cancer. But through it all he remained upbeat and never let on of his pending plight. I enjoyed David and I miss him! Rest in peace with gentle winds at your stern.

  4. Lauren Parson says:
    06 Jan 2022
    I will always remember you with a huge grin on your face whenever you were with your dear family, when we were all camping, hiking, going to Plymouth Plantation, sleigh rides in Maine, visits in Newport, Rhode Island, and Long Beach, California. OUr family trip to Lake Tahoe was the best! You were kind and generous: so much so, you fed my cat in the morning for me, and as Betty reminded me on Monday, you hated cats!!! This goes to show you how wonderful a person you were.
    Rest In Peace, my friend. You are already missed.
    Lauren Parson

  5. Ron and Lauren Parson lit a candle:
    22 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 22, 2021 at 12:53:11 PM

  6. Mike and Jane Cunningham says:
    22 Dec 2021
    Captain Wright was my leader and my friend…We wish Betty and the family peace and love…

  7. Erin lit a candle:
    13 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 13, 2021 at 12:40:11 PM

  8. Kendall lit a candle:
    09 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 9, 2021 at 12:08:18 PM

  9. Lana says:
    07 Dec 2021
    I will miss David and his wonderful personality. He was a dear friend that I look forward to seeing for eternity.

    Psalm 33:12-15, Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. The people He has choosen for His own inheritance. The Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth. He forms the hearts of men individually.

    David has a heart of shimmering gold.

  10. Latif and Maria says:
    06 Dec 2021
    Thank you for being such a wonderful Neighbour. May God shower you with his Mercy and give Betty the strength and patience to carry on.

  11. Tony Demasi says:
    06 Dec 2021
    David, it has been a struggle for me to put into words how I feel about our time together as neighbors in Virginia. One could not have had a better friendship than I had with you. I was just recalling our time during our “snow brigade” to clear all driveways in the neighborhood. I wore insulated orange gloves and you cautioned me to keep them hidden from view whenever a plane flew above. We did not want to confuse any pilots that the cul-de-sac was an airport, and I was directing a landing. Thank you for all our motorcycle time throughout the back roads of Virginia, making capicolo and later relaxing with a glass of wine laughing how plastic pink flamingos got into your home. One last comment. One day you and I noticed a rose growing through a knothole in my fence into your yard. It was red and immediately we knew it was a sign of love as a result of Ava’s birth. I still have the picture we took of that rose. Rest in peace my dear friend. Love you. Tony

  12. kenneth e nusbaum says:
    05 Dec 2021
    David was my Porch Pal and debating partner for 3 great years of companionship. His endless stories of travel and service enthralled me. He was an officer straight out of central casting, calm, smart, solid. Anchors aweigh.

  13. Kim Nuckolls DeYoung says:
    05 Dec 2021
    I knew Betty and David from high school and when they started out as a couple. Though we eventually lost touch, I did reconnect with Betty several years ago and was told about David's illness. Just today, I learned of his passing. Betty and David's long-lasting relationship - rare nowadays - is a testament to their faith and love. My deepest sympathy to Betty and all of the family.

  14. Lana Patricia Davey says:
    05 Dec 2021
    Dear Friends and Family,

    I consider David to be one of my great friends. His heart was enriched because of his belief.
    Psalm 33:12-15
    Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD.
    The people He has chosen for His own inheritance.
    The Lord looks down from heaven and sees all the sons of men.
    From the place of His dwelling He looks, on all the inhabitance of the earth. He fashions their hearts individually.

  15. Deborah says:
    04 Dec 2021
    David is my brother and one of the finest men I have ever known. He is a true gentleman and I mean that literally. He is my older brother, often my hero and always my friend. He taught me many things, always with love in his heart. He was also a serious pain in the butt on occasion, but he was worth it. Godspeed brother, until we meet again. I love you David.

  16. Katherine Currey says:
    03 Dec 2021
    David was part of my Bible study family and a big part of my business family. During his cancer journey he volunteered in my office after we suffered a significant electronic failure. He was such a blessing and faithful to the task. He also worked for us during a busy season processing paperwork and assembled all the new furniture that we ordered, always willing to complete any task I put in front of him. Through him we met their daughter who was starting her career and she worked for us for over a year before moving back to VA. We have missed him and hated seeing him suffer. We now rejoice that, while we feel a temporary loss, we didn't "lose" him! Someone's not lost if you know where they are! And we know David is with our Lord in paradise and we will see him again in a little while.

    03 Dec 2021
    David blessed Donna and me with his work here on the campus of the Rio Grande Bible Institute, in Edinburg, Texas, when he came to work with what I have called the "Florida Men." That included Bill, Kent, Alan, Mark, and Gerry. I prayed for David on a daily basis by name and continue praying for Betty during this time of grief. I too look forward when we will be reunited for eternity.

  18. Kent Davey says:
    03 Dec 2021
    David was a dear brother to me. We spent a lot of wonderful time together, both working at Rio Grande Bible Institute as well as studying the word together. I will miss him.

  19. Kent Davey says:
    03 Dec 2021
    David was a dear brother in the Lord. We spent a lot of good time together studying the Word. I will miss him greatly.

  20. Bill and Janie Skinner says:
    03 Dec 2021
    Fair winds and following seas to a great guy. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  21. William Myers says:
    03 Dec 2021
    I will miss David so much! I spent many evenings with him in bible study. Furthermore, I had so much respect for him. I spent a few years in the Navy, and never knew a Captain that loved the Lord as David did. He was a true disciple for the Word of the Lord. His support of our country by his 30 years of Navy service and the strength he exhibited during such troubled times, expressed his love for the Lord and helped many of us find new strength in our Lord.

    David, I look forward to our reunion in Heaven.
    Bill Myers

  22. kathleen rogers says:
    02 Dec 2021
    Heaven gained a new angel. I the short time we knew David it didn’t take us long to learn what a proud and honorable man he was

    Rest In Peace David. You will be missed

    Fredrick and Kathleen

  23. Brian says:
    02 Dec 2021
    I love and miss you Dad.

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