Ernest Bryan Wright

March 24, 1925March 5, 2018

Ernest Bryan Wright, 92, a resident of Harrisonburg for the past 7½ years, died March 5, 2018 at Park Place on the campus of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. A son of the late Carl and Betty Sewell Wright, he was born on March 24, 1925 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, where he lived his early life. He graduated from Oklahoma University in Norman, OK, and was an English teacher and civil servant. Ernest served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany and France and participated in the D-Day Invasion. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Ernest loved his family, enjoyed working crossword puzzles and was a devoted lifelong Democrat.

He married Charlie Lee Ellis Wright on November 1, 1946 who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Janet Lee Wright of Fulks Run, VA, Martha Irene Wright of Dallas, TX, Emily Ann Wright of Dumfries, VA, and Amy Kathryn Wright of Woodbridge, VA; three grandchildren, Sam Bynum of Woodbridge, VA, Mary Rose Ocampo of Lewisville, TX, and April Heather Hamilton of McKinney, TX; and seven great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Following his request, his body will be cremated and all services will be private.


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Ernest Bryan Wright

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Carl Brainerd

March 7, 2018

Ernest was my uncle, the last survivor of a remarkable generation of the family. He and his siblings were born into abject poverty at the start of the Great Depression, and against all odds they all pulled themselves up, survived the depression, got an education, and lived successful lives. Ernest was a gifted writer with a great command of the English language. We always enjoyed his contributions to the family "round-robin" letter. His dry sense of humor is also a fond memory, from his writings and the family re-unions he was able to attend. We knew he was a WWII veteran, but did not know about the Bronze Star until reading the obituary. Well done! Our sincerest condolences to Charlie Lee, Janet, Martha, Amy, Emily, and all of the family. You all are certainly in our thoughts at this time. With Ernest gone, the family has lost part of its "anchor" in the Wright/Sewell ancestry. He is missed.

We uploaded a photo of Ernest with his mother in approximately 1937 (not sure of the exact date).

Carl Brainerd
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