Johnathan Wright

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Joseph Nathan Wright also affectionately known as Johnathan Wright, was born August 21, 1935, to the late Pollard Wright and Daisy Russell, in Coatopa, Alabama. He was the oldest of seven siblings, which includes five boys and two girls. Joe Nathan lived with his grandmother Zula in some of his younger years in the state of Alabama.

Later on in life, around the age of twelve, Joe Nathan traveled north by train to go live with his mother in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Glenville High School where he graduated with honors on the 18th of June 1954. After graduation, Joe Nathan was a very ambitious man that found himself working in a bleach factory. Shortly after working there Joe was presented the opportunity to take over ownership making himself a young, successful, entrepreneur. He developed a love for travel and often talked about taking day trips by flight just to enjoy breakfast in a different city and return home by dinner time.

John carried a strong passion for his Cleveland Browns football team and his beloved Freelancers MC, where he was a founding member and President. To many he was known as “Touchdown” but to most he was known to have a big heart, a passion for life, a contagious laugh and an abundant love for his family because “that’s how we do it!”.

John is survived by his beloved wife of twenty four years; Francine (Mellow), nineteen children; Deborah, Phenomenal, Patricia, Ernest, Daisy, Johnathon, David, Traci, Mark, Curtis, Latisha, Winston, Portay (Will), Felicia, Jovita, Antonio (Jodi), ShaRhonda, Desireé, and Dartanian, Siblings Jesse Sr. (Shirley) Deloris Finch and sister Denise Stokes with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, whom he loved so dearly.

He was preceded in death by his four children; Derek, Richard, Joseph and Maurice, brothers; John Sr., Wilbur Sr., Earnest Sr.

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Visitation 1:00 PM and Memorial Service 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).

Condolence Messages

  1. Jesse R Wright III

    My condolences to my uncle. We still love you down here. Love you all

  2. So sorry for your loss . Prayers for God to walk beside each of you in this trying time .
    Love and prayers for all .

  3. Deborah Norman Wright

    Deborah Norman Wright
    and Family,
    Even as we mourn. We can remember the good times. Be comforted by the love and celebrate a life well- lived
    We send our deepest Sympathy to the family.

  4. Tiffany Wright Page and Family

    My sincere condolences to my family uncle Joe Will truly be missed down here until we meet again love yo….. #Touchdown for life

  5. Big Dawg
    Is what they called him.
    A (True OG) BIG DAWG
    Rest easy it was a pleasure

  6. So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers

  7. Sending my love and prayers to the whole family. Till we meet again rest easy Uncle Joe AKA. Touchdown

  8. Larisa Sullivan

    Sending love and my deepest condolences to the Wright family.

  9. Justine Wright Franks

    Sending all love and prayers to my family during this difficult time. Remember this world is a passing place and we will meet again. Rest easy uncle Joe.

  10. Sorry for you and your family loss

  11. The Whittenburgs

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
    Sending love and praying for comfort as the beautiful memories of your father wash over you all.

  12. You will be remembered with Love and smiles. That voice and laugh are one of a kind and always in good spirits. Miss you brother and condolences to your wife, kids and family. RIP until we meet again!

  13. The Trumpet Temple Worship Center Family offers their condolences and prayers. Weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning. Pastors Brenda & Elder Clinton Joshua and the Trumpet Temple Worship Center Family

  14. Jessica Wright-Askew and Family

    Sending our love and prayers for our family. Also, sending love from his brother Jessie (Shirley) Wright, Sr. May you continue to rest as an ancestor, Uncle Joe. Ase!

  15. Michael and Tomeka Hunter

    Uncle Joe , thank you for all you have shown us all How to live n enjoy life to the fullest, with a big heart and a big smile .. how to be a great in whatever you do in life. Thank you for the small talks you gave me over the road the meals you feed me and gave to me ! Rest on my sweetheart and keep smiling down on us all. Love your Tutu!

  16. Dizzle when you reached your hands out to me I understood. We spent 30 years together on the road going anywhere we thought about. We moved furniture, we changed lives ! You taught me how to bet horses and play the lottery. Thanks for the friendship and all the fun times! Love you man! John john out!


    MY CONDOLENCES TO the family praying for all sad for your loss I just seen this .

  18. Parris McKnight

    Hey Big Daddy,

    Grandson #1 here. Missing you deeply bruh. Continue to watch over us all, I love you!

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