Ella Dean Wright
CLARKSDALE –Ella Dean Wright, 81, widow of Clarksdale’s
acclaimed radio broadcaster Early Wright, died early
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Northwest Mississippi Regional
Medical Center following a long illness.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2012 at Century Funeral Home with
services at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Silent
Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Nathaniel
Pollard officiating. Burial will be in Heavenly Rest
Cemetery with Century Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Wright, who was a longtime resident of Clarksdale
following her marriage, was born in Brazil, Miss. She
and Early Wright were married 51years and were the parents
of two daughters who preceded them in death.
Early Wright, who was the first African American radio
broadcaster in Mississippi, hosted nightly gospel and
blues shows as “The Soul Man” on WROX Radio for more
than 50 years, died in December 1999.
Wright, was the spiritual leader of the Sunflower
River Blues and Gospel Festival, and the festival's
highest award: The Early Wright Heritage Award, was
established in his name. Mrs. Wright is survived by