Time, Day, Date: 10 a.m., Friday, April 01, 2016
Place: Cowboy Church of Erath County
Officiating: Rev. Werth Mayes
Disposition: Brazos Sundown Crematory
Edwin Fuller Wright, 69, of Dublin, submitted his life to our Lord Father in Heaven on Monday, March 28, 2016. Ed was born in Onslow County, North Carolina to Edwin Chester Wright and Miriam Beryl Fuller on October 14, 1946. Ed was raised in Gatesville, Texas and at an early age developed a deep love and a special way with animals, especially horses. He spent his childhood riding, roping, and wanting to be a cowboy. He attended college at Eastern New Mexico University and met the love of his life, Martha Tompkins Wright at a college rodeo. They were married in January of 1972, settled in Erath County, and together became one of the most successful duos in the sport of barrel racing for over 40 years. Ed will gladly tell you that Martha’s way with horses is a God given talent but, he on the other hand, did not come by it as easily and really had to work at his craft. Ed was a talented roper and steer wrestler, having qualified to the Texas Circuit Finals multiple times and later earning a PRCA Gold Card. Through the decades Ed and his wife raised, trained, and competed on some of the best horses in the country. The /W brand became synonymous with GREAT barrel racing horses. Ed was also a world renowned clinician, teaching barrel racing clinics for over 3 decades, nearly 40 weekends a year, in states from coast to coast and Canada. He loved helping students learn to better communicate with their equine partners through timing and feel.
Ed leaves behind a legacy of great horses, great horsemanship, and great friendships. He touched so many lives and made a positive impact on anyone who rode with him or received his advice. His voice and teachings will live long beyond his time here on Earth. He would not want anyone to be sad and would likely slowly and calmly say, ýtake the emotion out of itý and get on with the task at hand.
Survivors include his wife Martha; cousins: Jim Fuller of Tyler; Tom Fuller of Arlington; and Suzanna Collins of Chilton. Also, many close friends who are loved as family. The rodeo world is a very large group and is known for support and sympathy in times of need. The family and friends of Ed are blessed to be apart of it.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Beryl. The family will receive friends Thursday night, March 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cowboy Church of Erath County in Stephenville. Funeral services will be. Friday morning, April 1 at 10 a.m. Also at CCEC. In lieu of flowers, the family ask for contributions to the Cowboy Church of Erath County in Stephenville.