Kenneth “Kenny” Wright, 79, passed away on July 22, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born in September 1940 to Stanley David Wright and Mildred Hotaling Wright (Abbey) in Little Falls, New York.
Kenny joined the United States Navy in 1960. He served aboard the USS Helena (1960-1962), the USS Charles S. Sperry (1965-1966), and loved traveling the world by sea. Kenny fell in love with the barber trade while in the Navy. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1966, he attended Granby Barber College in 1967. Soon after, he started barbering at Naval Station Norfolk. From there he worked at Naval Air Station Oceana , and eventually Dam Neck Naval Base.
Kenny opened his own barber shop in 1991, “Kenny’s Barber Shop” in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For almost 30 years he enjoyed telling fateful stories to the unsuspecting. Kenny loved his customers and was a huge supporter of the military, police and rescue/EMT/firefighter communities. He proudly adorned his barber shop walls with over 300 uniform patches given to him by his customers and friends, and displayed pictures of old airplanes, military jets, ships, and other memorabilia. Kenny barbered pretty much up until the day he passed.
Kenny is survived by his daughters, Charlene of Chesapeake, and Kimberly of Virginia Beach; his grandchildren Christopher of Virginia Beach and Lyonesse of Virginia Beach. He also leaves behind his twin sister Karen (Jerry deceased) of Suffolk, and his cousins Linda (Jerry) of Nevada and Marilyn (Barbi deceased), of Nevada; along with his nieces and nephews Tammy (Kerry), Rhonda (Terry deceased), Jerry (Elizabeth), and Julie (Keith). Kenny is predeceased in life by his father, mother, and his brother, David.
A memorial service with military honors will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory- Southside Chapel, in Virginia Beach. At a later date, Kenny’s ashes will be buried in Rural Park Cemetery in Little Falls, New York where his father, mother and brother rest.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to support any military, police or rescue/EMT/Firefighting charity of your choice. Letters of condolences can be mailed to the family at P.O. Box 61113, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23466.
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