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Gaynelle Laverne Wright

August 28, 1951 ~ May 17, 2021 (age 69)

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Remembering Nelle...

There’s a very special garden, Where the trees of memory grow

Nurtured by the kindness and concern that good friends show.

The roots are cherished memories, Of good time in the past.

The branches tender promises that souls endure and last.

It’s a place of peace and beauty where bright new hopes can start.

It’s memory’s lovely garden that soothes the hurting heart.


     On Tuesday, August 28, 1951, life began for Gaynelle Laverne Wright, as the late Wallace and Cedie Fisher Wright welcomed their new baby girl in Emporia, Virginia. While being reared in the Wright residence, she joined Royal Baptist Church of Emporia, Virginia and was later baptized there.

     Gaynelle received her education at Edward W. Wyatt High School in Greensville County. Upon completing her education, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she worked a temporary job for the local Department of Social Services. Gaynelle made such an impression upon her employer, that they hired her permanently, as a full time Social Worker - a position she held for 34 years, until she retired.

     Upon her retirement, Gaynelle relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where her best friend, Willie Mae Tillar, lived. While residing there, in her spare time, you would find her visiting the casinos. She loved the casinos! After 3 years in Maryland, Gaynelle decided to relocate yet again, settling in Richmond, Virginia, to be closer to her sister, Pearl and other family members.

     She’s in the sun, the wind, the rain, she’s in the air you breathe with every breath you take. She sings a song of hope and cheer, there’s no more pain, no more fear. You’ll see her in the clouds above, hear her whisper words of love, you’ll be together before long, until then listen for her song. On Monday, May 17, 2021, our dear loved was summoned home to eternal rest and peace, while in the care of Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Mechanicsville Virginia. Her seeds are well sown, her service on earth is complete, and she now experiences the victory and triumph of eternal life and we can hear her spirit utter these words, “I am at peace, my soul’s at rest, there is no need for tears, for with your love I was so blessed, for all those many years.” In addition to her loving and devoted parents, Gaynelle is now reunited with her beloved daughter, Marva Wright and two brothers, Arthur and Andrew Wright.

     Though her light may eternally descend, this God is our God and He has promised to be our guide, until the very end. Though the pain may be almost too much to bear, God is love and He will walk with us in our deepest despair. We who remain with faith and assurance that God will see us through are: one brother, Pastor James Wright (Rosa) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one sister, Pearl Winston of Richmond, Virginia; six nieces, Crystal Wright, Pamela Kinlaw, Diandra Wright, Regina Powell, Serena Walton and Eugenia Lewis; four nephews, Darrin Sloan, Sr., Andrew Taylor, Ricky David and Anthony Wright, Sr.; three great-nieces, Crystan Mclymore, Danyelle Kinlaw and Channing Kinlaw; three great-nephews, Tie’rre Kinlaw, David Mclymore and Anthony Wright, Jr.; one of many family friends, Donald “DB” Brown; her long-time friend, Willie Mae Tillar; a special friend, Angela Richardson; a host of other relatives and friends.



Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Ms. Wright's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Ms. Gaynelle Laverne Wright.

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

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May 28, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Graveside Service
May 29, 2021

11:00 AM
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
Forest Lawn Street
Emporia, Virginia 23847

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