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08/26/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Davis Wright

Davis Buckner Wright
(d. 24 Aug 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have even more sad news today. Davis Wright, Class of 1961, husband of Tricia Nettles Wright (Hampton HS - '60), and brother of   Pauline Wright Perry ('67) of TN and of the late  Hilda Wright Johnson ('64), passed away in Lanexa on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the age of 76. 

   Brother-in-law of Eddie Perry ('65) of TN, his mother,  Hilda Watts Wright, preceded him in death five years ago.

  From Eddie Perry ('65) of TN - 08/24/19, 9:26 AM - " Davis Wright":

It's with a sad heart that I wanted to let you all know Davis B Wright, Jr. went to be with our Lord this morning a little after 7 am. Please pray for his wife Tricia for comfort and peace.

Davis ran track, cross country, and played football for Newport News High School.

   Oh, Eddie, I am so sorry to hear this! Thank you so much for sharing this information.

From the Daily Press - 08/26/19:

    Davis Buckner Wright


    LANEXA - Davis Buckner Wright, 76, passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Davis was a native of Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School in 1961.

After high school Davis was an apprentice with NASA and worked as a mechanical engineer until his retirement in 1998 after 37 years of service. While working he went to Old Dominion University and graduated in 1975.

He was an avid animal lover, enjoyed wood working and even built his own log cabin home. Davis also enjoyed hunting and was a member of the NASA bowling league. Above all, he loved his family deeply.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hilda Watts and Davis B. Wright, Sr. and a sister Hilda Johnson.

Davis Wright
  Davis is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia Nettles Wright; a daughter, Kelly Cleary (Paul) of Poquoson and a son, Bucky Wright (Dona) of Hampton; a sister, Pauline Perry (Eddie) of Knoxville, TN., 9 grandchildren, Ashley Maxwell (Chris), Taylor Goodson (Greg), Ridge Wright (Aubrie Davies), Logan Walker (Luke Rodgers), Melody Jones (Nick), Cole Walker (Courtney Lesoski), Mallory Wright, Connor Cleary and Maddie Cleary; and 4 great grandchildren, Lincoln Jones, Kenna Maxwell, Blake Goodson and Jackson Jones.

He is also survived by aunts, Betty Williams, Marjorie Pitts, and Margaret Watts, all of Caroline County; and brothers-in-law, John Nettles (Carol) of Rapidan, VA and Dr. Ed Johnson (Martha) of Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to your local Red Cross or an animal shelter of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from August 26 to August 2
7, 2019.
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August 26, 2019 

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

~ Diane Weth, Lenoir City, Tennessee

August 26, 2019 

Pauline and Eddie, During this time may God hold you and your family close to his heart and help you through this. You have my deepest sympathy.

~ Diane Weth, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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Davis was like a mentor to me during our 10 years working together in pressure vessel technology at NASA Langley. We then worked together another 5 years as project managers for construction of facilities at NASA. I will always remember his positive and cheerful disposition and his willingness to help others.

I'm sad to see you go, my friend. Rest in peace.

~ Carlos Perez-Ramos, Poquoson, Virginia

August 26, 2019  

Jim and I are so very sorry to hear of Davis' passing. Davis was a wonderful person. We are praying that God gives each one comfort and peace. God bless!!!

August 26, 2019  

My sincere condolences to Davis's family. The Wright family attended and served at Calvary Baptist in Newport News for years. The church was fortunate to have such dedicated folks as committed as Davis and his family. In high school Davis played the most awesome game of war ball (yes, we could still play it then) I have ever seen. He was down eight to one and Davis mowed them down one at a time until he was victorious. You had to see it!!


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Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:


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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Davis' family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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