Former treasurer Ted Wright passes away

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By Denyse Clark

He’ll be remembered most for his pleasant smile, professional manner and his “all-around, good ways.” 

That’s what friends had to say about Ted “Mr. Ted” O. Wright, a retired Lancaster County treasurer who served for more than 26 years. 

He was also the owner of Wright’s Tax Service for more than 50 years.

Wright, 81, died Saturday, March 29.

Adrienne Coleman, who has worked in the Lancaster County Treasurer’s office for 20 years, said she and Wright had a close, professional relationship.

“I always called him ‘Mr. Timex’ because he took a licking and kept on ticking,” said Adrienne Coleman, laughing.

“He was always good to us – he was an all-around good person,” she said. “He’s going to truly be missed.”

Coleman said there’s only a few county government workers still employed from the time when Wright was elected to office. 

One of those is county auditor Cheryl Morgan.

“Ted was a very precise person whereas for treasurer, he needed to be,” she said. “I came here in December of 1988 and worked with him until he retired in 1998. He could be funny, he liked to pick on his girls. He was a good person to work with.”

Lancaster County Probate Court Judge Sandra Estridge said Wright was known for his infectious smile.

“He was always very pleasant and he was a very professional person to work with,” Estridge said. 

“He was always smiling. If you needed his help, all you had to do was ask. Everyone thought the world of him.”

Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said he and Wright campaigned together for their respective elected offices around 1980 and had remained friends ever since. 

“He was an all-around good guy,” Morris said. “He’s going to be missed, that’s for sure.”

Vernon McManus, former Lancaster County Clerk of Court, also recalled fond memories of Wright.

“He was a fine man,” McManus said. “Ted was always a fine, Christian man. The dealings I had with him at work were pleasant. He was good to be around – he was a good man.”

Funeral services for Wright are 3 p.m. today, April 2 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1152 Great Falls Highway. Burial with military honors and Masonic rites will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park. 


Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152