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Eugene Braxton Wright, 1917 – 2007

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Dr. Eugene Braxton Wright, retired United Methodist minister, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the Sanders Retirement Community in Gloucester. He was 89 years old.

Rev. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Lynchburg College, attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, earned a Master of Religious Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. He preached 40 years in United Methodist churches including Boonsboro, Sherbourne Avenue in Chesterfield County, Trinity in Poquoson, Chestnut Hill in Lynchburg, Epworth in Falls Church, and St. Andrews and Berryman in Richmond. After he retired, he served as interim minister at Payne Memorial in Cumberland and as an assistant pastor at Boulevard United Methodist in Richmond.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Dr. Wright is the author of "The Way It Was" (2002), his memoirs. Some of his stories were published in Lynch’s Ferry: A Journal of Local History (Fall/Winter 2004/2005) and the Good Old Days magazine (January 2006). Perhaps his most poignant story is "Judgment Day" (from "The Way It Was") in which he describes a childhood fear of Judgment Day that he overcame when he realized that Christians would spend eternity in the presence of God. His favorite Scripture, which he often quoted with emotion, was Revelation 21:4 (KJV): "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Survivors include his wife, Melvena Drinkard Wright; two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Richard Kettelhut and Sheryl and Douglas Stinchcum; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Joyce Fore.

— Sheryl Wright Stinchcum and Melvena Wright



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