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05/01/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Hilda Watts Wright

Hilda Elizabeth WattsWright
(20 Feb 1920 - 29 Apr 2014)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  
We have still more sad news this Thursday morning.   
  Hilda Watts Wright, mother of   Davis Wright ('61) of VA,   Hilda Wright Johnson ('64) of TN, and Pauline Wright Perry ('67) of TN, and mother-in-law of Tricia Nettles Wright (Hampton HS - '60), Ed Johnson of TN, and   Eddie Perry ('65) of TN, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the age of 94.


From   Eddie Perry ('65) of TN - 04/29/14, 11:20 PM - "  Hilda Elizabeth Wright":

Carol,

With sad news, I must tell you of the passing of Hilda Wright. She was the mother of
Davis Wright (Class of '61),   Hilda Ann Wright (Johnson) (Class of '64) and Pauline Wright (Perry) (Class of '67). Mrs. Wright was a fine Christian woman, and was one of first three policewomen that the City of Newport News had (for that matter one of the first in the state of Virginia). She will definitely be missed. Her obituary will be in the Daily Press probably Thursday. The following is what will be published.

Hilda Elizabeth Wright went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Davis B. Wright, Sr., and 9 brothers and sisters. She is survived by 3 sisters, Betty Williams, Marjorie Pitts and Elizabeth Gayle; her son, Davis Wright, and wife, Patricia, of Lanexa, Va., daughter, Hilda Ann, and husband, Dr. Ed Johnson, of Knoxville, Tn., and daughter, Pauline , and husband, Ed Perry, of Knoxville, Tn.; 6 grandchildren , Kelly Walker, Bucky Wright (Dona), Walter Johnson (Margie), Lawrence Perry (Donna), Chris Perry (Star), and Eric Perry (Amanda); 17 great grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor, Logan, Cole, Mallory, Ridge, Melody, Sara, Zachary, Sam, Lauren, Will, Ella, Ensley, Anderson, Xander, and Emmy.

Hilda was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She retired from the Newport News Police Dept. in 1975 after a 21-year career of service for the City. She was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church for 72 years, since 1942, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, led the social committee, along with many more activities.
Receiving of friends will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church at 11 a.m., with graveside services to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Again, thanks for all that you do.

   Oh, Eddie, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Although I think I never had the pleasure of meeting her, your mother-in-law sounds like a very fine woman indeed.  Please give Pauline and the rest of the family my love and deepest sympathies.


  From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 05/01/14, 6:37 AM - "  Pauline Wright Perry's Mother":

The obituary for Pauline's mother is below - please keep Pauline and family in our prayers.

Thanks, Marty

   Thank you so much, Marty; that we will do.


From the Daily Press - 05/01/14: 

                 Hilda Elizabeth Watts Wright

 

 

 

NEWPORT NEWS - Hilda Elizabeth Wright, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 29, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Davis B. Wright, Sr., and 9 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by 3 sisters, Betty Williams, Marjorie Pitts and Elizabeth Gayle; her son, Davis Wright, and wife, Patricia, of Lanexa, Va., daughter, Hilda Ann, and husband, Dr. Ed Johnson, of Knoxville, Tn., and daughter, Pauline , and husband, Ed Perry, of Knoxville, Tn.; 6 grandchildren , Kelly Walker, Bucky Wright (Dona), Walter Johnson (Margie), Lawrence Perry (Donna), Chris Perry (Star), and Eric Perry (Amanda); 17 great grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor, Logan, Cole, Mallory, Ridge (Sheri), Melody, Sara, Zachary, Sam, Lauren, Will, Ella, Ensley, Anderson, Xander, and Emmy.

Hilda was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She retired from the Newport News Police Dept. in 1975 after a 21-year career of service for the City.

 

 
 

 

 

She was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church for 72 years, since 1942, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, led the social committee, along with many more activities.

Receiving of friends will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m., with graveside services to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on May 1, 2014.
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May 01, 2014

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. May memories give you strength and the assurance you will see her again. 

~ Cheryl Mays Howard
 

 
May 01, 2014

Pauline, Ed and Family,

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our most sincere condolences. Keeping you in our prayers.
Greg and Shirley Campbell

~ Greg Campbell, Williamsburg, Virginia
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May 01, 2014

Pauline... Thinking of you and your family at this time of sorrow....your cherished memories will bring you peace. God's blessings to all...

~ Sharon (Adcock) Huskisson, Knoxville, Tennessee
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May 01, 2014

Davis, Pat, Kelly, and children. So sorry for your loss. No matter the age or the circumstances, losing a very much loved and special person hurts. You have our sympathy. Aunt Fae and Uncle Amo

~ Fae Mungo, Poquoson, Virginia

 

May 01, 2014

Pauline and Eddie, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I have some wonderful memories of her when we were in school. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

~ Joan and Lacy Blanton, Greenville, North Carolina
 


 
May 01, 2014

  My heart is saddened and full of Joy, my sweet friend is no longer with us, but she is now full of peace and with her Savior and Lord. What a sweet memory she leaves behind, a perfect example of God's love, always a smile, kind word, and deed. She will be missed by so many who loved her. What a blessing she has been in my life, so thankful God chose to have our paths cross in this life, but I know I will see her again in Glory. Love her family.

~ Betty Bennett, Yorktown, Virginia
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May 01, 2014
 
Pauline, as I told you at our last reunion your mom holds special memories in my heart as the crossing guard at our elementary school. I can still see her standing there helping the children cross the road. I am happy that she lived a full and wonderful life. The picture of her above made me smile. love to you and family, Jennifer Perkins Akers

~ Jennifer Akers, Ormond Beach, Florida
 

 
May 01, 2014

Pauline, I looked forward to seeing your mom at the crossing for Jackson School. She kept a lot of us straight as she went about her duties and was smiling all the while. I remember her at Cavary Baptist where I attended with Bro. Albert Simms. A great lady and a great daughter!!! I didn't realize you were in Knoxvegas with Sharon! Love and God's blessings!
Ron Timberlake, Nashville, Tn.

~ Ron Timberlake, Nashville, Tennessee


 
May 01, 2014

Ed, Pauline, Hilda and Ed....our love and many prayers are with you. We just heard today about Ms. Wright and are so sad. She is now at peace and with her savior. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We hope to see you guys soon.

~ Bill and Pat Herron, Knoxville, Tennessee


 
May 01, 2014

Mrs Wright was a true angel in my life as a young girl growing up in Newport News. I remember her from Calvary Baptist Church and she often gave me a ride home in her powder blue car with the swivel seat!! She was an incredible role model for me. I think of her often and am so grateful for the kindness and generous love that she showed to me. What a great impact she had on my life. Rest in peace, dear Mrs Wright and may many angels sing for you in God's kingdom.

~ Linda Maguire, Baltimore, Maryland


 
May 01, 2014

Hilda was a school crossing guard and so was my mother. My mother thought a lot of her and spoke fondly of her. I hope they are together in heaven right now talking! May the Lord give you peace as you go through this sad time.

~ Rhonda Brannan-Garcia, Smithfield, Virginia


 
May 02, 2014

So sorry to hear about your mother, Pauline. As Joan said, I too have some good memories of her and being at your home so many times during our years at NNHS. Praying for you and Eddie during this time.

~ Carol (Parrish) and Fred Smith, Vinton, Virginia


 
May 02, 2014

What a lovely, lovely women Mrs. Wright was and what a lovely family she and Mr. Wright had. Davis, Hilda and Pauline were simply fine people and were fine Christians as well. She was a fixture at Calvary Baptist church for years. Sadly we all mourn for her.

~ Ed Nichols, Reston, Virginia


 
May 03, 2014

I was a rookie officer in 1973 when I first met Hilda. Someone mentioned her "kind heart" and they could not have described her better. I always admired those first women police officers. They carried themselves so professionally while doing a tough job. Hilda may not have realized it due to her humble and kind nature, but she set a fine example of what police officers should be. May she rest in peace. She earned her place in heaven.

~ Art Nolan, Saratoga Springs, New York


 
May 03, 2014

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May 03, 2014


   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Wright's family and their friends.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
 

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?

Chorus

Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.

Chorus

Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.

Chorus

Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

Chorus


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