Malcolm H. “Coach” Wright

April 29, 1933 ‒ April 09, 2018

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Shinnston, West Virginia

Malcolm H. “Coach” Wright, age 84, of Marion, died Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Kingston Residence of Marion following an extended illness.

On April 29, 1933, Malcolm was born in Hephzibah, West Virginia, one of two sons of the late Herbert and Blanche (Withers) Wright.  He graduated from Shinnston High School in Shinnston, West Virginia, in the class of 1951.

Malcolm attended Fairmont State University until being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He served in Camp Stewart, Georgia, as an auto mechanic in the motor pool area.

Upon his honorable discharge, Malcolm returned to Fairmont State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education.  He then started his career as an industrial education teacher in Frankfurt, Ohio, and continued his studies earning his master’s degree from West Virginia University.

During those years as a teacher, Malcolm met his wife to be, Jacquelyn S. Bice, whom he married on July 3, 1958.  Together they shared forty nine years of marriage and lovingly raised four children.  She preceded him in death on September 21, 2007.

After a short time at Washington Courthouse, Malcolm and Jacquelyn moved their family to Marion, Ohio, in the late 1960’s.  Malcolm worked at Marion Harding High School and retired from Tri-Rivers Career Center.  Throughout his teaching career, he also coached football and track for over 50 years.  He was a proud mentor to many young men and women.

Malcolm and Jacquelyn were active members of the Trinity Baptist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and volunteered on several mission trips.  He also was active with the Civitan’s Camp Help and with MARCA Schools and Industries, helping those with disabilities.

Later in life, Malcolm took up the hobby of wood carving, joining a local wood carving association.  One of his proudest achievements was carving an image of Moses from a tree for his wife, Jacquelyn.  He also loved golfing for much of his life.

Malcolm will be missed for his unconditional love for his wife and family; his creativity and master of all trades;  generosity of his time and talents to anyone that needed him; his beautiful blue eyes; his dedication to the athletes he coached and his examples of being a good man, father, husband, and servant of God. He lived by example!

Left to cherish his memory are his four children: James (Linda) Wright of Nashville, TN, Diana (Randy) Duncan of Newark, OH, Larry (Billy Lou) Wright of Franklin, TN, and Brian Wright of Tacoma, WA; six grandchildren: Brandon, Eric, and Dylan Wright, Tiffany (Clay) Downs, Keaton (Blake) Marshall, and Karleigh Smedley; three great-grandchildren: Roman Wright, and Raegan and Addison Downs; a brother, John (Kay) Wright of Jolelton, TN; two nephews and five nieces, along with many great nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Malcolm was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan Wright.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion, Ohio from 3PM to 6PM; Graveside Service will be held Monday at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery, 1359 S Pike St, Shinnston, WV at 2:30PM with Pastor Kevin Nuzum officiating; immediately following the graveside service, family and friends will gather at Muriale’s Italian Kitchen, 1742 Fairmont Ave, Fairmont, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bacone College (  A college for Native American Indians in Bacone, Oklahoma, where Malcolm and Jackie participated in many missions trips.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Malcolm’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I will miss Malcolm. He was a leader, a spiritual grandfather to me, and a friend. Him and Jackie served on the missions committee for 3 years with my husband and I. Malcolm had such a passion for missions his light was always shining. He loved to teach also, the teacher in him came out in many personal conversations.
    Over the years I truly grew to love them both. Often times I would just be driving by the house and stop and visit them both. There always was a welcoming hug, smile, and time to chat on the porch
    After Jackie passed he still enjoyed chats and my visits. Often he would show me his garage , barn and wood items. I remember the day I told him he not only was a leader to me, but a spiritual grandfather . I never really knew what it was like to have one and he filled that role in my life.
    I could always count on him to give an answer or think about an answer if he was not sure. He was not afraid to tell me what he thought even if it wasn’t what I did. That’s what i grew to love.
    Then when he went to primrose he would invite me to stop and eat with him and his friends. Sometimes I made it. He still was talking about bacone and his family. He loved the lord, loved you all and loved those who needed God’s LOVE.
    I will ever miss him..but I am a changed life because mahlcom invested in mine.

  • Sorry for your loss. He tought me how to shot putt when I was in the 7th grade. Will always remember him as coach.

  • Diana and family
    I will so miss your Dad’s ornery smile and snappy blue eyes as we visited. Peace and comfort are his now and may you feel that peace also

  • Malcom, you are a man with any friends and have helped so many. I know of your great love for Jesus and I am certain you are with him today as I write this post. Enjoy you forever with Jesus. Rev. Dave and Jan Lippert

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of Malcolm. My wife and I met him when we visited my mother, Mary Hoover, at Primrose. We would eat dinner with mom on Friday nights and Malcolm was usually at the next table. We connected because he had an outgoing personality and was very enjoyable to talk with. We were sad when he transferred to Kingston as we missed our talks. Reading his obituary Malcolm had a full life and was a positive influence on everyone. He made the world a better place. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Malcolm’s family.

  • I am a care assistant at Kingston and I had the pleasure of knowing Malcom and help take care of him. I will never forget the time he was in the dining room and he heard my voice and looked up with a big smile on his face and said “there’s my girl”. I will miss those bright blue eyes and that grin. Prayers

    • We extend our condolence to all of you. We made many mission trips together with Jackie and Malcolm, two weeks in Cordova, Alaska, Camp Koinonia, and Judson Hills. One of Malcolm’s main project was Trinity’s House at Judson Hills. Malcolm was one to master mind projects for others and get the material ready. Malcolm was supportive of the Mission Weekend at Camp Kirkwood meeting with many missionaries. Lots of memories and stories that could be told of our adventures. Now he is in glory with his favorite lady. May GOD bless you all.

  • To the Wright family I extend my sympathy. His grandmother, Della Tucker Withers, was my great aunt. She was a special person. I hope he could share her with his family when they were youngsters. God Bless

  • The Bray Family offers our Condolences. Malcolm was a good friend to our late father Pat Bray and to our entire family. We will be keeping all of you in our prayers.