Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA


James Occie Wright

May 26, 1938July 30, 2020

James Occie Wright, 82, of Monroe passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Lynchburg General Hospital. Born May 26, 1938, in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson Wright and the late Vola Mae Duff Wright.

Occie retired from the Old Dominion Job Corp, where he worked in transportation and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Occie is survived by his two brothers, Wesley Wright (Mary) of Amherst and Ronnie Wright (Vickie) of Madison Heights; three nephews, Roger Wright, Brett Wright and Chad Wright; one niece, Sharon Burley; a special friend and caregiver, Shirley Haymore of Monroe; and other loving family members and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Whitten Monelison Chapel with Pastor J.D. Surbaugh and Pastor Paul Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at Amherst Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2020, at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com.

Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.


  • Woodrow Wilson Wright, Father (deceased)
  • Vola Mae Duff Wright, Mother (deceased)
  • Wesley Wright & Mary, Brother
  • Ronnie Wright & Vickie, Brother
  • Roger Wright, Nephew
  • Brett Wright, Nephew
  • Chad Wright, Nephew
  • Sharon Burley, Niece
  • Shirley Haymore, Special Friend & Caretaker
  • Occie is also survived by other loving family members and friends.

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  • Dan Cash
  • Al Bosman
  • Ronald Taylor
  • Brett Wright
  • Chad Wright
  • Roger Wright

  • Temple Baptist Church


  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020


James Occie Wright

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Michelle Hendricks

August 4, 2020

So sorry to hear about Occie. I know he will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Sending love and hugs!
With deepest sympathy,
Crette, Michelle, Crette, and Aria Hendricks

Brenda Gwen Mark and Jeff Bryant

August 3, 2020

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Wesley and family and Ronnie and family- family friends for many years. He will be missed!

Melissa Blanks

August 3, 2020

Ronnie and family,
So sorry for your loss. Glad I got to know and spend time with Occie. He could really make you laugh
Prayers for you all.

Melissa Blanks

Lou Inzeo

August 3, 2020

So sorry for your loss.
Occie was a great guy
So glad I got to know him and share some good laughs and memories.
He will be missed.

Lou Inzeo

Jeanie Champlin

August 1, 2020

Please know that we are sharing in your sadness as you remember Occie. We will always have fond memories of our visits with him. He will be truly missed.
Sending you healing prayers and comforting hugs.

With love,

Jeanie, Jeanette & families

Rhonda Morcom

July 31, 2020

Sorry to hear about Occie.

Jewel Lipscomb

July 31, 2020

Imsosorry to hearabout Occie i know he will be greatly missed by many sending my condolences and sympathy to the family love and prayers Jewel

Betty Baldwin

July 30, 2020

So sorry to hear about James. He was such a positive person. Always enjoyed talking with him at church and will miss seeing him in his spot at the end of the pew during every service.

Bob Adcock

July 30, 2020

I am so sorry. I didn't know James was sick or in the hospital. He will be greatly missed. He was loved by our Senior Saints Sunday school class. He always had a smile on his face and something to laugh about. Heaven is just up the road.


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