WRIGHT, NATHANIAL THOMAS "NATE" - Bourbon County, Kansas | NATHANIAL THOMAS "NATE" WRIGHT - Kansas Gravestone Photos

Nathanial Thomas "Nate" WRIGHT

Clarksburg Cemetery
Bourbon County,

November 21, 1989 - August 5, 2007

Nathanial "Nate" Thomas Wright, resident, of rural Afton, died early Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident. He was 17.

He was born Nov. 21, 1989, at Denison, Texas, to Joe Bob and Elizabeth Ann (Thomas) Wright. They moved to Afton in 1991, from Achille, Okla. He was a student at Afton High School and would have been in the senior class this year. He was active in the Afton FFA Chapter since the eighth grade. He served as a treasurer his sophomore year and was vice-president his junior year.

He had won numerous plaques and trophies showing his limousine cattle at county, state and national levels. He also had won plaques for livestock judging and coon hunting. He was active in the National Junior Limousine Assoc., the Professional Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club. He was a member of the FCCLA. His number one love was bull riding. He had been awarded a full scholarship for livestock judging, to Fort Scott Community College. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miami.

He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Bart and Drew Wright, all of the home; paternal grandparents, Joe and Janice Wright, of Welch; paternal great-grandmother, Nadine Barr, of Chetopa; maternal grandparents, Hubert and JoAnn Thomas, of Fort Scott, Kan.; and maternal great-grandmother, Edna Mae Marsh, of Fort Scott; aunt, Natalie Snyder and husband, John; and uncle Greg Thomas. He was preceded by paternal grandfather, Arthur Barr and Gibb and Wilma Wright; and maternal grandparents, Earl Thomas and Oscar and Jimmie Sapp; cousin, Hunter Thomas; and uncle, Bart Wright.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Afton High School Gymnasium, with Father Alex Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Clarksburg Cemetery in Fort Scott. Serving as pallbearers will be Nick Thomas, Chris Kemna, Josh Kemna, Josh Cox, Ben Tosh and Bill Aldridge. Honorary pallbearers will be the FFA Officer Team and Chapter Members. A visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Adcock Funeral Home.

Arrangements provided by Adcock Funeral Home in Afton.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Nathan Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.


AFTON, Okla. — A teenager killed in a traffic accident over the weekend was remembered Monday for his warm personality and as a jokester who loved to play pranks on his friends.

Nathanial Thomas Wright, 17, of rural Afton, died Sunday when his car struck a bridge abutment on an Ottawa County road, ran off an overpass, and plunged nearly 20 feet to the Will Rogers Turnpike below, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Wright would have been one of 41 seniors at Afton High School this year, said Alan Lauchner, Afton High School principal.

"He was the kind of boy you would want your daughter to marry," Lauchner said. He said teachers remembered Wright as an excellent student, who was very well liked and very funny.

Lauchner said Wright was driving alone and coming back from a bull-riding rodeo event in Vinita when the accident occurred.

The accident happened shortly after midnight about three miles south of Miami, the patrol reported. Wright's car fell 18 feet to the interstate below, coming to rest on the abutments guardrail. Wright was thrown from the wreckage 19 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol said.

"The whole town, including past graduates, are expected to turn out for the funeral," Lauchner said. "His family is well liked and well known."

His father, Joe Bob Wright, has been the agricultural education teacher at Afton High School for the past 15 years, he said.

"He was very happy and had a big grin on his face," Lauchner said. "He and his friends were always pulling pranks. They would stick raccoons and snakes in each other's trucks — sometimes they were alive and sometimes they weren't."

Wright had a special personality, he said. It was a unique combination of being outgoing, yet Wright was also quiet with a great sense of humor, Lauchner said.

Wright lived on an Afton ranch with his parents and an older and younger brother.

Lauchner said as a student, Wright was involved in 4-H clubs and FFA. He was elected FFA vice president for this coming school year, he said. It was vocational agricultural where Wright excelled, he said.

Since he was a young boy, Wright had shown cattle in competition. He had just recently started showing Limousin cattle.

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Evelyn Jones Christensen

Contributed on 1/31/14

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Submitted: 1/31/14 • Approved: 2/2/14 • Last Updated: 3/11/18 • R25227-G0-S3

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