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Judge Karla Foreman Wright Judge Karla Foreman Wright
(September 6, 1949 - October 1, 2012)

Circuit Court Judge Karla Foreman Wright died Monday, October 1, 2012 in Daytona Beach Florida. She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Bartow.

Judge Wright leaves behind a loving family, pioneering achievements in her legal career, and a reputation for community service.

Judge Wright was appointed to the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Polk County in 2000 by then Governor Jeb Bush. She was returned to office by general election in 2002. On January 1, 2006, Governor Jeb Bush elevated Judge Wright to the Circuit Court where she was the first African American judge.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Wright practiced law for 17 years. She generously shared her time as a member of many community boards and agencies.

Judge Wright has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1984 and is past President of the Virgil D. Hawkins Bar Association, Inc., past Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Tenth Judicial Circuit and past Chairman of the Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee.

Judge Wright is survived by two sons: Jahi K.(Kemba)Wright, Orlando, Fl, and Ameer A. (Shani)Wright, M.D., Ormond Beach, Fl.; two nephews: Damien A. (Melissa) Moses, Bartow, Fl.,and Kahlil V. (Sandra) Moses, D.C., West Palm Beach, Fl.; parents: Charles and Nancy Foreman; and 6 3/4 grand children.

The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00AM at First Baptist Church of Bartow, 410 East Church Street, Bartow, Fl.33830.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Florida A & M University, Polk County Alumi Chapter.Checks can be mailed to Meeks & Denmark, LLP, P.O. Box 1598, Bartow, Florida 33831-1598.