Henry Dillard Wright, Sr.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Henry D. Wright, Sr., son of the late Mrs. Ella Wright was born in Eufaula, Alabama, on January 13, 1908.

        The family then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he accepted Christ at an early age. Later, he joined the Zion Grove Baptist Church in New Canton, Virginia and was a faithful member, participated in the senior choir and attended Sunday school every Sunday until his health began to fail. He then moved to Powhatan, VA with his daughter and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

        For a number of years he was employed with the Allamont Hotel in Baltimore, MD, Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, VA, Gold Hill Elementary School and Central Va. Community Center, New Canton, VA.

        He was married to Courtney Perkins and to this union two children were born.

        On Friday, January 31, 1997, he departed this life at Eldercare Nursing Home, Farmville, Virginia.

        He leaves to cherish memories his wife, Courtney P. Wright; six children, one devoted, Gail Hairston of Powhatan, VA, Bonita Wright of Petersburg, VA, Beatrice Moore of Flat Rock, Michigan, Rochelle Hodge of Jacksonville, Florida, Dennis Wright of Chipley, Florida, Daniel Wright of Germantown, Maryland; one son Henry D. Wright, Jr. prededed him in death; a step-son, Alvin Perkins of Portland, Oregon; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Ethel Drayton of New Orleans, Louisiana and Lessie Jefferon of Cincinnati, Ohio; one devoted son-in-law, Michael Hairston; two daughters-in-law, Viola Wright and Vesta Perkins; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends: devoted friends, Reverend James E. Robinson of Mechanicsville, VA, Mr. & Mrs. Hayes Johnson of New Canton, VA and Mr. & Mrs. John P. Hairston of Powhatan, VA.

GOD saw you were getting tired
And the cure was not to be
So he put HIS arms around you
And whispered, "Come with me"

With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.

To the grave we travel
The flowers are placed with care
But no one knows the heartache
As we turn and leave you there.

So sleep on now and take your rest
WE LOVE YOU but GOD loves you best.


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