12/27/00

Edward Hunter Wright Jr.

A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. for Ed Wright at his ranch at 1315 E. Bates Rd. in Cottonwood. In case of inclement weather, services are scheduled at the Verde Baptist Church, 102 S. Willard in Cottonwood Dec. 29 at 11 a.m.

Mr. Bates died Dec. 22.

He was born June 9, 1921 in Buckeye to Edward and Reathy Wright.

The Wright family moved Buckeye to the Verde Valley to farm.

Mr. Wright graduated from Camp Verde High School. Following his graduation, he moved to Minnesota to work in commercial art.

Upon his return to the Verde Valley, Mr. Wright enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was assigned as a radio operator aboard the U.S.S. Colorado. Following the war he moved to the Grand Canyon and painted for the U.S. Park Service.

In 1949 he returned to the Verde Valley and married Opal Everett. Following his divorce from Opal in 1953, he opened The Chatterbox restaurant known for its hamburgers and hospitality.

By 1959, Mr. Wright leased the restaurant and started a house painting business. He married Claudia Melick in 1960.

Mr. Wright continued his painting business until 1972 when he opened a feed and tack store in Sedona called the Feed Barn. Closing its doors in 1980, he went into semi-retirement and enjoyed working fishing, roping and family and friends.

Mr. Wright was an honorable man who throughout his life provided all that knew him with an example of how to live.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne and Ned Wright; a daughter, Retta Wright; a grandson Hunter Wright; four granddaughters, Melissa, Michele, Breanna and Kaylee Wright and companion Shirley Reed of Cottonwood.

To pay tribute to Mr. Wright’s life, his family requests that donations be sent to Verde Valley Christian School, 102 S. Willard in Cottonwood.

Nancy A. Cutshaw

Cottonwood resident Nancy Cutshaw died Dec. 23.

She was 58 years old.

Mrs. Cutshaw was born Oct. 23, 1942 in Covina, Calif.

She was an employee of the Motor Vehicle Department for 23 years.

Mrs. Cutshaw was a member of the former Foursquare Church in Cottonwood.

She was a very special and caring woman who was adored by her four grandchildren and loved by everyone she met. Mrs. Cutshaw will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Survivors include her mother, Helen Gelaldine Brown of Sedona; two sons, Gregory Jay and Jerry Cutshaw of Cottonwood; a brother, Jerry Clay Brown of California and four grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled at Evangel Worship Center at 14th and Mingus in Cottonwood Saturday at noon.

Leonard W. Meyer

A memorial service is scheduled Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Westcott Funeral Home for Cottonwood resident Leonard Meyer.

Mr. Meyer died Dec. 24.

He was born Feb. 16, 1921 in Chicago.

Mr. Meyer moved to Flagstaff in 1948 and worked at Sears & Roebuck and at Babbitt Bros. Trading Company as a salesman. He later worked as a general manager for Northern Arizona Gas.

Mr. Meyer moved to Cottonwood with his wife in 1980 and operated Meyer Realty until his retirement in 1992.

He was past president of the Arizona LP Gas Association and a lifetime Elks member. Mr. Meyer also later served as president of the Good Sam’s Club, Sedona Sams from 1998 to 1999.

He will be best remembered for his kindness, helpfulness and wit. He will be greatly missed by all his close friends.

His wife, Betty Jean Meyer, preceded Mr. Meyer in death.

Survivors include his brother, Don Luthe and two nieces of Florida.

By his side during his illness was his partner and helpmate for the last six years, Betty Brumley.

Violet Marie Reger

Camp Verde resident Violet Reger died Dec. 23.

A memorial service is scheduled Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Hepler Funeral Home in Camp Verde.

Mrs. Reger was born Sept. 2, 1914 in Freemont, N.H.

She was 86 years old.

A U.S. Post Office employee for 11 years, Mrs. Reger worked as a mail sorter.

She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Survivors include her husband, George; three daughters, Mae Santos, June Caton and Arlene Davis; three sons, Gilbert and Larry Moore, and Donald French, and 16 grandchildren.

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