Ella Donavant Wright

July 6, 1930February 28, 2018

Ella Ward Donavant Wright, 87 of Martinsville passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. She was born in Henry County on July 6, 1930 to Willie Jackson Donavant and Claudia Minter Donavant.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence, Claiborne, and Marvin Donavant; sisters, Gladys Johnston Riddle, Gertrude McGuire and Lois Carnell Donavant Stegall.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew H. Wright; sons, Kent Ellis Wright and wife Theresa, Sammy Glenn Wright and wife Robin, and Mark Andrew Wright and wife Wenona; grandchildren, Brad Wright, Melody Wright, Samantha Church, Amy Ruhlman, Elise Fonseca, Victor Wright and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wright was a graduate of Martinsville High School and lifelong resident of Henry County. She was a member of Chatham Heights Baptist Church where she was a former choir member and Sunday school teacher.

A visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Chatham Heights Baptist Church and will be officiated by Reverend Bob Cole and Dr. Michael Hatfield. The interment be at Roselawn Burial Park at 2:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Chatham Heights Baptist Church, 1235 Old Chatham Road, Martinsville, VA 24112.


  • Willie Jackson Donavant, Father
  • Claudia Minter Donavant, Mother
  • Andrew H. Wright, Husband
  • Kent Ellis Wright, Son
  • Sammy Glenn Wright, Son
  • Mark Andrew Wright, Son
  • Brad Wright, Grandson
  • Melody Wright, Granddaughter
  • Samantha Church, Granddaughter
  • Amy Ruhlman, Granddaughter
  • Elise Fonseca, Granddaughter
  • Victor Wright, Grandson
  • Clarence Donavant, Brother
  • Claiborne Donavant, Brother
  • Marvin Donavant, Brother
  • Gladys Johnston Riddle, Sister
  • Gertrude McGuire, Sister
  • Lois Carnell Donavant Stegall, Sister
  • Mrs. Wright also leaves nine Great-Grandchildren to cherish her memory.

  • Chatham Heights Baptist Church


  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Funeral Serice Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ella Donavant Wright

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Dorothy Chludzinski

March 3, 2018

I am so sorry for the passing of Aunt Ella. I had left knee replacement on Monday, February 26, 2018. I wanted to attend the visitation and funeral but it was just too soon after surgery.
Remember all of the sweet memories you have of her. She was such a sweet, caring and beautiful lady. My sincere sympathy to you Uncle Andrew, Kent, Sammy, Mark and your families. Also, Dennis will miss her so much, too.
Dorothy Wright Chludzinski

Patsy Chitwood

March 3, 2018

Andrew and family,
My heart is sadden to hear of Ella’s passing. She was a wonderful person and I have great memories of the two of you throughout my childhood. Prayers for each of you!
Tim, Patsy,Matt and Andrew Chitwood

Grace Marshall

March 3, 2018

The Wright Family,
Our hearts are with you in this time of sadness. The passing of such a lovely lady whose generous love and spirit touched many lives is a great loss. No one knows that better than her family. Her memory is alive in your heart, your mind and your memories. She will always be close.

Norma Earls

March 2, 2018

Ella, the beautiful matriarch of the Wright Family, will be missed and remembered.
May her name be a blessing.

Doris Hale

March 1, 2018

My heart is heavy to hear of this sweet woman's passing. She welcomed me into her home and family from the first time I met her. She had the prettiest flowers in her yard (the peonies were my personal favorite), could cook like no other and make a chocolate cake with homemade fudge icing that would make your mouth water just looking at it. I was fortunate enough to receive that cake on my birthday a few times :)

Kent, Sammy & Mark - I know how hard it is to lose your mom but think of her as your very own personal guardian angel now. When you're sad and feeling depressed remember she's there with you holding your hand keeping you safe. Remember the good times you all had with her and share them often.

Mr. Wright - My thoughts and prayers are with you always. She was a beautiful person inside out and will always be there beside you in spirit.

Love to all of you - Doris

Susan Eanes Buchman

March 1, 2018

I hope you and your family find comfort in your memories of your Mother. Thinking about you.