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Linda Wright David

Franklin, North Carolina

December 26, 1944 - June 6, 2024

Linda Wright David Obituary

Linda Wright David, 79, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and long-time resident of Highlands, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, June 6, 2024.


Linda was born in Greenwood, SC, on December 26, 1944, to the late Chester Nicholas and Ersie Vereen Wright. Growing up, Linda spent summers and weekends with her sister and cousins in Highlands. Her lifelong love of this special place was born exploring the mountainous woods and rocky creeks and falls all around Highlands. Her grandfather, Charles Wright, famously saved Gus Baty who had fallen from “Fools Rock” on Whiteside Mountain and was the first recipient of the Carnegie Hero Award. Her grandmother, Helen Cabe Wright Wilson, was the famed founder of Helen’s Barn, where Linda danced on a clogging team with her cousins.


Linda graduated from the University of Tennessee in the Spring of 1967 with a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, another passion she carried through life as she became a devoted wife and mother. Her greatest joy during that time was seeing her children grow, flourish, and start lives and families of their own. Every one of her children, stepchildren, and grandchildren felt her immense love and never-ending support through the way her smile lit up the room when she saw them, and through the joy in her voice when she answered their calls.


In 1994, Linda and her husband, Kenton David, moved to Highlands permanently. Once there, her deep and enduring love for this land and its history was evident in so much that she did. She became highly involved in Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, working tirelessly to preserve the pristine mountainous landscape of the land she so cherished from overdevelopment. Her efforts helped the Trust purchase 7 plots totaling 29 acres, and secure 25 easements, protecting over 1,000 acres of precious lands within the Highlands-Cashiers area. Linda was also a member of the Highlands Historical Society where she played a significant role in helping preserve the oral, written, and pictorial history of Highlands. In furtherance of that mission, Linda founded the Kelsey Kids Camp to pass on Highlands history to the next generation of kids in her community and ran it for many years. Along with her cousin Robert Wright, Linda founded the Wright Memorial Garden. She and several of her cousins worked to designate it as a historical land site and to maintain it since its inception.


Linda had a special gift for gardening and flower arranging. She opened her own flower design shop, gracing countless others throughout Highlands with her beautiful floral designs on their special occasions. Her love of the Lord led her to join the Community Bible Church. There, she joined the church choir and became the Ladies Retreat Coordinator, a role she held for over 20 years.


Perhaps Linda’s greatest gift was the pure, God-given, unconditional love she shared with everyone she came across. Over the years, Linda opened her heart and home to so many people who became lifelong friends. She leaves behind a legacy of grace and generosity, and the countless souls among us who were blessed to have known her.


Linda is survived by her husband, Kenton David; her daughters Jennifer Thompson of Highlands, NC; Karen Salthouse of Greensboro, NC; Laura David of Wake Forest, NC; her stepsons Jeff David of Fairfax, VA, William David of Arizona; sister, Aura “Barbara” Wright of TN; her children’s spouses and her thirteen grandchildren.


A funeral will be held Saturday, June 15th, at 11:00am at Community Bible Church in Highlands. The family will receive friends from 10:00 -11:00am, one hour prior to the service. Jeremy Hughes and Pastor Steve Kerhoulas of CBC and Pastor Mark Ford of First Baptist Church will officiate. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Burial will be in the Highlands Memorial Park.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Highlands Historical Society, 520 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, 348 S. 5th St #214, Highlands, NC 28741, or the Wright Memorial Garden, make check payable to Buddy Watson with “For Wright Memorial Garden” on the “For” line, 611 Millstone Drive, Evans, GA 30809.


Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Linda Wright David hosted by Macon Funeral Home.

Linda Wright David, 79, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and long-time resident of Highlands, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, June 6, 2024.


Linda was born in Greenwood, SC, on December 26, 1944, to the late Chester Nicholas and Ersie Vereen Wright. Growing up, Linda spent summers and weekends with her sister and cousins in Highlands. Her lifelong love of this special place was born exploring the mountainous woods and rocky creeks and falls all around Highlands. Her grandfather, Charles Wright, famously saved Gus Baty who had fallen from “Fools Rock” on Whiteside Mountain and was the first recipient of the Carnegie Hero Award. Her grandmother, Helen Cabe Wright Wilson, was the famed founder of Helen’s Barn, where Linda danced on a clogging team with her cousins.


Linda graduated from the University of Tennessee in the Spring of 1967 with a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, another passion she carried through life as she became a devoted wife and mother. Her greatest joy during that time was seeing her children grow, flourish, and start lives and families of their own. Every one of her children, stepchildren, and grandchildren felt her immense love and never-ending support through the way her smile lit up the room when she saw them, and through the joy in her voice when she answered their calls.


In 1994, Linda and her husband, Kenton David, moved to Highlands permanently. Once there, her deep and enduring love for this land and its history was evident in so much that she did. She became highly involved in Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, working tirelessly to preserve the pristine mountainous landscape of the land she so cherished from overdevelopment. Her efforts helped the Trust purchase 7 plots totaling 29 acres, and secure 25 easements, protecting over 1,000 acres of precious lands within the Highlands-Cashiers area. Linda was also a member of the Highlands Historical Society where she played a significant role in helping preserve the oral, written, and pictorial history of Highlands. In furtherance of that mission, Linda founded the Kelsey Kids Camp to pass on Highlands history to the next generation of kids in her community and ran it for many years. Along with her cousin Robert Wright, Linda founded the Wright Memorial Garden. She and several of her cousins worked to designate it as a historical land site and to maintain it since its inception.


Linda had a special gift for gardening and flower arranging. She opened her own flower design shop, gracing countless others throughout Highlands with her beautiful floral designs on their special occasions. Her love of the Lord led her to join the Community Bible Church. There, she joined the church choir and became the Ladies Retreat Coordinator, a role she held for over 20 years.


Perhaps Linda’s greatest gift was the pure, God-given, unconditional love she shared with everyone she came across. Over the years, Linda opened her heart and home to so many people who became lifelong friends. She leaves behind a legacy of grace and generosity, and the countless souls among us who were blessed to have known her.


Linda is survived by her husband, Kenton David; her daughters Jennifer Thompson of Highlands, NC; Karen Salthouse of Greensboro, NC; Laura David of Wake Forest, NC; her stepsons Jeff David of Fairfax, VA, William David of Arizona; sister, Aura “Barbara” Wright of TN; her children’s spouses and her thirteen grandchildren.


A funeral will be held Saturday, June 15th, at 11:00am at Community Bible Church in Highlands. The family will receive friends from 10:00 -11:00am, one hour prior to the service. Jeremy Hughes and Pastor Steve Kerhoulas of CBC and Pastor Mark Ford of First Baptist Church will officiate. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Burial will be in the Highlands Memorial Park.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Highlands Historical Society, 520 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, 348 S. 5th St #214, Highlands, NC 28741, or the Wright Memorial Garden, make check payable to Buddy Watson with “For Wright Memorial Garden” on the “For” line, 611 Millstone Drive, Evans, GA 30809.


Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Linda Wright David hosted by Macon Funeral Home.

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