James Herschel Wright

February 6, 1928March 28, 2012

University of Houston Professor of Law Emeritus, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 28, 2012. James was born in Houston, Texas on February 6, 1928, to James Houston and Evelyn Haby Wright. He was proud to be a member of the 1945 graduating class of Lamar High School. He served in the United States Army at the end of World War II, and graduated from the University of Houston. He attended law school at night at the University of Houston while working full time. He obtained an LL.M. degree from the University of Michigan with a specialization in tax. Professor Wright practiced law briefly and spent his legal career teaching tax law at the University of Houston for 26 years.

James was a long-time member of Parkway Fellowship, a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He served on local, district, and national boards for that denomination. He and Gloria sponsored Vietnamese and Laotian refugees in the 1970’s and he continued to befriend and advise these dear friends until the end of his days. James leaves a legacy of kindness and generosity, witnessed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his first wife Gloria, and by his grandson Max Silver. He is survived by his second wife Janice, son Jim and Shirley Wright and their children Stephanie and Ryan Seckinger (and their children Elizabeth, Ruth, and James), Leigh and Vernon Bowen (and their children Katheryn and Annabelle), and Bonnie Wright, son John and Carol Wright and their children Zachary James and Aaron, son Tom and Susan Wright and their children Charles, Rikki (and their son Pearson James Wright), Andrew and Lisa Wright, and Katharine Wright, and daughter Mary and Randy Stark and their son Benjamin James Silver. He is also survived by Janice's son Rob and Lisa Heffer and their children Rachael and Ashton Reynolds (and their daughter Ellasyn), and Josh and Karen Heffer, daughter Tami and David Gilmore and their children Matthew, Megan, and Michael, son Timothy and Meg Heffer and their children Cody and Paige, and son Jonathan and Lori Heffer and their children Cole and Tyler. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. James and Janice spent many hours interceding daily with their heavenly father on behalf of each and every one of their family members.

The family would like to thank the fine medical staff at Methodist Hospital Sugar Land and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospice. James was attended by several very skilled and caring physicians, including Asia Lo, S. Mohammed, Amer A. Khan, and especially John E. Rea III, whom James was proud to call his doctor and his friend.

Pallbearers will be Jim, John, and Tom Wright, Randy Stark, Rob, Tim, and Jonathan Heffer, and David Gilmore. Honorary pallbearers: Mike Gates, Joe Wilson, Glen Beeler, Dave Hill, Brian Hill, Jim Fry, Bob Weatherall, Mike Cenatiempo, Dean Gerald Treece and William Robinson.

Visitation is at Forest Park Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77077 on Friday March 30, 5-8 pm. Funeral Service at Parkway Fellowship, 13413 Briar Forest Drive Houston, TX 77077, Saturday March 31, 10 a.m. Internment at Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038, Monday April 2, 9:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the missions fund at Parkway Fellowship. James believed, in the words of the founder of the C&MA, “Jesus only is our message – Savior Sanctifier, Healer, Glorious Lord and Coming King.”


  • Visitation Friday, March 30, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Gail Harrison

April 5, 2012

John, So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Gail

Jack and Jonelle Sullivan

April 3, 2012

We extend our prayers and condolences at this time of your loss. We know that our separation is temporary, but it no less painful. James was one of those people whom I immediately admired when I came to Houston in 1959. Over the years he was an inspiration and a friend. It was our privilege to be able to visit with James and Janice the last time we were in Houston. May the Lord's peace and grace abound in your lives.


Jack and Jonelle Sullivan

Sharon and Ed Mangham

April 1, 2012

What a wonderful man has entered into the presence of His Lord. We are sad for the loneliness you feel, and especially for Janice. Our prayers reach out on your behalf. Most lovingly.

Anita, Carlos, James, and Daniel Oblitas

April 1, 2012

Although our family knew James for a short time, he was so sweet to our children and opened his heart to us. He and Janice's prayers for our children will not be forgotten and we will always remember his kind words and smile. May the blessing of his being with his Savior bring peace to your minds and hearts.

March 31, 2012

Des and I share your pain and would make it vanish if we could do so, but we also recognize the immense pride that all of you must have in the strength of your family's values and Father Jim's importance to them. Des and Bill Dorsaneo (Dallas, TX)

Stephen & Eileen Hill

March 31, 2012

No matter how occasional be the encounter, James always put such a genuine delight behind his greeting. That won an immediate eagerness to hear what he might have to say of Christ's relevance to us 'listeners.' As sorry as we are for your loss we also know that you've been privileged to have had his Godly nurturing for so many years - terrific! Glorious to know what he's experiencing in the presence of Christ just now. We continue in prayer for you all.

March 31, 2012

We became friends with James when we started attending Parkway Fellowship Church. He was one of the best friends we ever had. He always built us up when we were down, He always very graciously gave us advice when we asked him. After we moved to Round Rock and he came to visit us we really enjoy his company, even when he had a dibetic coma. We always looked forward to him coming to visit us. We always enjoyed his many phone calls to us. We love each one of his family. Our prayers go out to all the family in the lost of their loved one. Love Claudne & Glen Beeler

Eric and Martha Barton

March 31, 2012

Our prayers are with your family during this time of loss. The Rob Heffer family are long time friends of ours from Central Baptist Church of Bryan.

March 30, 2012

James will ever be in our hearts and memories. We love you all so much. May the sweet peace of Jesus give you comfort.

Cousins--John and Dorothy Abel and family

Hoyle and Tamara Granger

March 30, 2012

We are sorry for your loss and will pray for your family. Heaven has an incredible new angel.