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Sergeant Jackson Payne Wright

Sergeant Jackson Payne Wright of Huntington, and stationed in Kaneohe, Hawaii, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at his base. Jackson was born on July 27, 2000, in Fort Wayne. Sergeant Jackson is survived by his mother, Melissa Forrester-Miller (Jason), of Huntington; and his father, Samuel (Brenda) Wright, of Huntington. 

Jackson was a 2018 Huntington North High School graduate.  Following graduation Jackson joined the USMC. Jackson’s legacy of light followed him all these short years with us, from his crazy and “life of the party” personality, to his deep-souled love. It followed him from his compassion for others, to his multifaceted talents and his commitment to; the saxophone, distance running, Yu-Gi-Oh card competitions, or golf. Jackson was a goal setter who stubbornly pursued and pushed himself for the next challenge. Little could ever deter him. He grew into a respected leader among his brothers and sisters of the Marine Corps, the rank of Sergeant posthumously bestowed upon him; one last goal achieved and one last victory.

Along with Jackson’s parents, he is survived by his wife, Hailey; daughter, Everleigh, of Seymour; brothers, Aidan (Samantha) Wright, Matt (Jessica) Beal, both of Huntington, Charlie Johnston; sisters, Sarah Miller (Lelia), Huntington, Amanda (Zeth) Kratzer, Warren, Jenna (Adam) Douglas, Markle, Vanessa Hiday, and Christine Hiday; maternal grandparents, Ladisla and Joann Forrester, Huntington; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sergeant Jackson was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Mary Wright.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, from 2-7 p.m. at Life Church, 900 E. State Street, Huntington.

Additional calling hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, from 9-11 a.m. with a service beginning at 11 a.m. at Life Church, with The Rev. Mike Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Illness, or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington.

Arrangements by McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home in conjunction with Life Church, accompanied by USMC liaison Grissom AFB, and One Warrior.