Jean Wright

Jean Shropshire Wright passed away on November 23, 2012 while surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shropshire of Bourbon County, and her husband, William F. Wright of Frankfort. She is survived by her son, Dr. Brett A. Wright and his wife Judy of Seneca, South Carolina and her daughter, Dawn Wright Masterson Harris and her husband, Kevin, of Alvarado, Texas. She is also survived by two grandchildren, William Colby Masterson and Catherine Seley Masterson also of Alvarado, Texas, a sister-in-law, Catherine Wright Carmichael of Miamisburg, Ohio and five nieces and nephews.

Born on April 25, 1927 in Paris, she attended Bourbon County High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from University of Kentucky. She was active in the Frankfort and Central Kentucky communities, having taught and coached at Franklin County High School from 1960 until she retired in 1985. She was a long-time advocate of schools and athletics, rising to national acclaim in 1984 as the National HS Coach of the Year in Track and Field. Mrs. Wright’s teams, to whom she was affectionately known as “Mama Jean,” won several Kentucky High School state track and cross-country titles. After her retirement, she served for many years as Sports Commissioner for Track and Field of the Bluegrass State Games. She was a member of the KHSAA and the Franklin County Halls of Fame.

The family will receive visitors at Highland Christian Church, Versailles Road, Frankfort, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home in Paris by Rev. Glenn Birkett; she will be interred at the Paris Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Kim Hill, Cody Hill, Brad Abrams, Kent Scott, Ron Carmichael, and Colby Masterson. Honorary bearers will be James T. Marcum, Frank Miklavcic, Ed Logan, Carl Mitchell, Jim Forester, Mack Durbin, Myron Hill, Don Florence, Gayle Florence, Ray Lastinger, and Jay Johnston.

The family requests that donations in her memory be made to Highland Christian Church, 265 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, Franklin County High School Athletic Department, 1100 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, 2280 Executive Drive, Lexington, KY 40505.

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  • I am very sorry for Mrs. Wright's famiily and for everyone who knew her that she is no longer with us. She was always so full of life. I was one of her runners during my high school years and have tons of great memories. It was not until I left high school and went on to run for a D 1 school( Mrs. Wright was very good at trying to find good fit scholarships for her girls to go on and run in college) that I realized how special she was. To this day she is the standard that I compare my childen's coaches and teachers to and it is a very high standard. She taught her girls about a lot of things that were not sports related. She was not intimadated by anything - what a great role model for her students. I will never forget the winter that the schcols were closed for almost a month but our team still met and practiced ever day. What a wonderful lady!

  • Coach Wright did not just remove barriers and obstacles for female student athletes in the Commonwealth, she smashed them out of the way. She did this unapologetically with class and love for her kids. I cannot express the debt of gratitude that everyone of her athletes (male and female) owe her and her husband, Bill. I remember running for her at the age of 3 on the hills of Highland Christian Church, what a women! I also got to run for her in high school and then work for her at the Bluegrass State Games. Some of my fondest memories. Thanks Coach! We love you.

  • I'm sorry to hear that Mrs. Wright has passed away. She was a wonderful track and cross country coach, and I'll never forget her. She was an inspiration to many, many girls and young women that had the privilege to be coached by her. I remember meeting at "ButterBalls" to catch the bus to travel to "away" meets. And what an adventure those trips were! I'm so glad that "Mama Jean" was part of my life. We'll all miss her! I remember running around the track though high winds, rain, and all kinds of weather. A couple of the girls went home to find the roof had blown off their house by a tornado, but that didn't cause the track meet to be canceled. Ha! What a ride! Thanks for the memories! Anne Moore Ramsey

  • I cannot effectively expres the impact this news has on my heart, which I am sure pales in comparison to the loss your family is experiencing. Please know how deeply and richly this courageous woman impacted my life, and also know that my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family as you grieve.