John F. Kennedy famously said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for, ask what you can do for your country.” And with more than 36,000 volunteer hours in Grayson County alone, Sherman’s Harold Wright lived that sentiment.

Grayson County Commissioners honored Wright Tuesday for his decades of volunteering at local social services organizations.

Paula Cawthon, representing Texoma Community Center, said Wright has been one of their most devoted volunteers.

“Harold was the backbone,” she said. “He is such a wonderful man. I just want to liken him to George Bailey from ‘A Wonderful Life.’ What would Grayson County be without Harold Wright?”

Wright’s health is such that he could not be present Tuesday, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said. Instead, his son, Scott Wright, accepted the proclamation for him.

“I asked daddy if he wanted me to say anything and he said, ‘Well, you say thank you,’” Scott Wright said. “He said thank you for a lot of good relationships and a lot of good memories.”

Grayson County Commissioner David Whitlock called Harold Wright a “good man.”

The proclamation noted that Wright was born in a community called Friendship and at the age of 6, he watched a neighbor’s house burn. At that point, Harold told his family, “People need help” and his mission in life had arrived.

On March 3, 1962, Harold Wright married Hazel and they had one son together and raised Hazel’s three other children. They were married 49 years when Hazel, also a local volunteer, died in August 2011.

Harold Wright was appointed to the Texas Sliver Hair Legislature and served as Sergeant at Arms. He racked up those volunteer hours with Grayson County Holiday Lights, Grayson County Stock Show, Grayson County AARP, Grayson County Fair Board, Sherman Senior Citizens Center, Grayson Home Hospice, Foster Grandparent Advisory Board, 211 Texoma Area Information & Referral Board, Texoma Community Center Volunteer Services Council and Grayson County 4-H.

The Texoma Council of Governments has also honored Harold Wright with a lifetime achievement award for all of his years of service with so many agencies.