Services

Visitation One

Tue. Aug. 10, 2021
10:15 am - 11:15 am

St. Angela Merici Catholic Church

9009 Sienna Ranch Rd.
Missouri City , TX 77459.

Funeral Mass

Tue. Aug. 10, 2021
11:30 am

St. Angela Merici Catholic Church

9009 Sienna Ranch Rd.
Missouri City , TX 77459.

Graveside Service

Tue. Aug. 10, 2021
2:00 pm

Rosewood Cemetery

2602 S. Houston Avenue
Humble , TX 77396.
Tue. Aug. 10, 2021
10:15 am - 11:15 am
St. Angela Merici Catholic Church
9009 Sienna Ranch Rd.
Missouri City , TX 77459.
Tue. Aug. 10, 2021
11:30 am
St. Angela Merici Catholic Church
9009 Sienna Ranch Rd.
Missouri City , TX 77459.
Tue. Aug. 10, 2021
2:00 pm
Rosewood Cemetery
2602 S. Houston Avenue
Humble , TX 77396.
In Memory of
Charles E. Wright
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Charles E. Wright, 96, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 30, 2021 at his home in Westbury. He was born July 22, 1925 in Washington, D. C. to Charles Erby Wright, Sr. and Elizabeth Redmond Wright.  In early 1929, the family moved to Houston, TX where Charles attended public school graduating first in his class at Jeff Davis HS in January, 1942.  Shortly after graduation, he returned with his parents and 3 year old sister, Jean, to Washington, D. C. where he became a machinist apprentice at the Naval Research Lab.  In early 1943, he was granted a furlough from the Navy Yard in order to join the Army Air Force, and in November, 1943 he met and married Catherine J. Foley.  After aerial gunnery training in Missouri and Las Vegas and earning the rank of Sergeant at age 18, he served in England with the Eighth Air Force's 91st Bomb Group as a gunner and toggalier (an enlisted bombardier) on a B-17 "Flying Fortress ".

After WW II, Charles returned to Washington, worked at the Naval Research Lab, attended George Washington University on the GI Bill, drove a Checker cab, and in 1946 welcomed his first daughter, Michele. Transferring to the University of Houston in July, 1947 to pursue a degree in Architecture began Charlie Wright's love of all things Cougar.  While attending U of H full time, he held down a full time job as The Houston Post’s  largest newspaper distribution agent covering southern Harris County, Brazoria County and Fort Bend County, served in the Air Force Reserves, and in 1949 he and Cathy welcomed their second daughter, Kathaleen. By 1950, he had moved his growing family from their small on-campus apartment and bought their first home on Hurtgen Forest in South Park.  Charlie and Cathy's third daughter, Joy, was born in 1955.  In 1959, the family moved to Stillbrooke which Charlie called home for 62 years.

After studying architecture, Charlie graduated from the U of H with a BS in June, 1951.  When Hackley Morrison, Sr., a customer on his newspaper route, offered him a job selling attic fans to homebuilders, he accepted, and this began his long and successful history with Texfan and a dream to bring air conditioning to the city of Houston. 

Charlie wanted to see Texfan move into the burgeoning HVAC industry, but the owners weren’t enthusiastic.  So in 1952, Charlie and his best friend, W. R. Trahan, founded the Wright Company for the sales and installation of residential heating and air conditioning systems. They successfully manufactured and sold products vital to the growing HVAC industry including the insulated register box for which Charlie held the original patent.

Charlie Wright returned to Texfan in Dec, 1953 to create and head up their Heating and Air Conditioning Division.  As a pioneer of the HVAC industry, he initiated training for ethical business practices, incentivized employees to excel, and fostered initiative and entrepreneurship.  By 1955, he was Vice President and General Manager, Co-owner and President from 1970-1978 and sole owner from 1978 until he sold Texfan to Atlantic Richfield. He retired for the first time in 1983.

As an original member of the Construction Industry Council, he spearheaded the establishment of the City of Houston Building Code in 1958 being the first member of the City of Houston Air Conditioning Board, holding License #2. He served several terms as President of the Air Conditioning Council of Greater Houston, was first President of the Harris County Air Conditioning Contractors Association and was Chartering President of Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association. A highlight of his career was receiving the 1984 Air Conditioning Contractors Association's "Spirit of Independence" award in Washington, D.C. after a 16 year campaign in the Texas Legislature resulting in the passage of the Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Licensing Law, one of the nation's first statewide licensing laws, receiving Texas License #1 and subsequently serving as Consultant to the State Commissioner and Chief Examiner and Licensing Officer.

Charlie was not made for retirement, so he continued working by joining J.D. Windham at Chinook Industries and then with Ray Weaver at Texas Reps where he finally retired in 2005 at age 80 to stay home with his wife.

Some of Charlie's other accomplishments included being Director of Allied Bank of Missouri City, a Charter member of Oyster Creek Rotary Club, a founding member of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and St. Thomas More Catholic Church and a member of the Republican Party steering committee which recruited him to run for Houston Mayor.

Charlie was tremendously proud of his alma mater, The University of Houston. He served on the Dean's Advisory Board of the College of Architecture, a member of the Chancellor's Club, a member of the University Funding Committee, a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association and a Lifetime Cougar and supporter of the University of Houston Athletic Department establishing the Charles Wright Endowed Athletic Scholarship.  Not only was Charlie a devoted UH Cougar, he was an avid supporter of the Houston Astros and Oilers, holding season tickets to both for many years.  He was also an enthusiastic bowler, hunter and ballroom dancer.  Charlie loved to talk, to eat rare steaks (slowly) and he told the best jokes.  

During the course of his career, Charlie went on to establish, co-found and operate many businesses like Comfort Supply, CEW, Inc., and Gulfstream Corp. He served on numerous professional boards and councils on the city, county, and state levels, and in personal, educational and religious endeavors

As professionally and civically accomplished as Charlie Wright was, his greatest happiness was the love of his family, extended family, and friends. He was loyal, supportive, appreciative and respectful of his friends, and it was reciprocated in kind. He was faithfully protective of his "baby" sister, Jean, and her family and his nieces and nephews. Most of all, he was a true patriot; God, Family, and Country first.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents,  Charles and Elizabeth Wright; cherished wife, Catherine Jane Foley Wright; sister Jean Cater; brother-in-law Alvie L. Cater, Sr.; niece EvaMary Michels Hopkins and husband Arthur Hopkins; nephew Patrick J. Michels.

He is survived by daughters Maria Michele Steward and husband Clyde R.; Kathaleen Eppler and husband Travis; Joy West and husband Morton; grandsons Michael R. Steward, Jeffery Eppler and wife Jamie; granddaughters Gina G. Steward and husband James Iglinsky, Carol D. Steward, Rebecca Ihm and husband Albert, Jennifer Esparza and husband Jonathan, Catherine West and Elizabeth West; great granddaughters Elizabeth J. Steward, Charlie Esparza, Ryan Esparza and Collins Eppler; great grandsons Collin M. Langston, Joshua J. Iglinsky, Caleb Ihm, Conrad Ihm and Eric Esparza; niece Julie Moore and husband Rocky; nephew Alvie Cater II and wife Lori.

The family wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude and love to the wonderful caregivers who became a part of Dad’s family over these last 8 years. By their loving and generous care, they allowed him to age gracefully, safely and most importantly he was happy. Thank you, Jasmine, for answering the phone 8 years ago; you were with him from beginning to end. Thanks to Veneshia, Bertha, Jack and Hugh. Thanks Latasha for every second you loved him and to your mom, Vergie. Thank you, Mike Lyons and Harvey Munsart for your loyal friendship. We know he loved you all.

Charles E. Wright had a long, eventful and fulfilling life, and he will be profoundly missed and loved 

                                                                                  Always
 

Tributes

Message from
Tricia Fridye
Thu, 08/05/2021

Kathaleen and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief and sorrow. May God accept your dad into His heavenly kingdom as we honor a life well lived. You must be so proud of him.

Message from
Christi Chrisman
Fri, 08/06/2021

I didn’t know your father, Kathaleen, but after reading the beautiful obituary, I feel I do! I’m so sorry he passed away but it looks like he had a wonderful life. You will have so many great memories and one day you’ll see him in Heaven. God bless you! Christi

Message from
Marion Sullivan Lueders
Mon, 08/09/2021

My late husband and I were close friends of Mr. Wright's nephew Pat. When his own father died Uncle Charles and Aunt Cathy convinced his mom to move to Houston so that they could help her raise her 2 very young children. I met Charles and Cathy and their girls on several occasions over the years. Pat always credited his uncle for the 'man' skills he learned. Although they disagreed on a number of issues and i am certain that Pat was not the easiest charge, I do know that he loved and admired his uncle and talked about him frequently.