GREENVILLE - More than 200 well-wishers attended Sunday’s birthday bash honoring local businessman/author Don Wright at the Eagles Lodge on Shade Road.
Wright, who is known for his outspokenness on local issues via newspaper editorials, was happy with the turnout.
“It’s good to be 80,” he said. “It went great. There is a mixture of people here. There are multi-millionaires and people who don’t have a dime in this room, and they all get treated the same.”
One of the highlights of the party was when Wright’s deceased friends were named in a roll call announced by his only child and son, Brad.
Wright’s sister, Jan Hawkins, led the prayer prior to the serving of the meal, and his brother, Fred was also in attendance. Also in attendance was his wife, Pepper, and his many friends and acquaintances.
State Rep. Jim Buchy (84th House District) presented Wright with a proclamation honoring him on his 80th birthday, which was actually on Tuesday.
Wright said he didn’t actually get things ready for his party but noted, “I told them what I wanted and they put it together.”
Justin Sharp, new owner of Red and Ruth’s, catered the buffet meal, and Steve Marshall roasted the hogs that were served to guests.
While guests mingled and reminisced, music was played by Deejay Tom Everhart. Everhart said he is going to be appearing Friday at the New Madison American Legion, where his first gig was held in 1977.
Wright expressed appreciation to his secretary, Pat Rademachir, and good friend Susie George for their part in planning the party.
Was he surprised to see any of the guests in attendance?
“No,” he replied. “A lot of people wanted to be here but I didn’t know how ill and old they are. Another 50 couldn’t make it because of being sick or in nursing homes.”
Wright was extremely pleased with this “birthday gift.”
“We never had a problem,” he said “Everything went smooth. I really enjoyed. Everybody told me they had such a good time.”