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. www.hinton-turnerfuneralhome.com.