Kent Ellis Wright

July 18, 1951February 15, 2021

Kent Ellis Wright, 69, of Martinsville, VA, passed away peacefully in Hospice care Monday, February 15, 2021. He was born in Martinsville on July 18, 1951 to Andrew Haley Wright and Ella Ward Donovant Wright. He was preceded in death by his mother Ella Donovant Wright.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Theresa Sheryl Martin Wright and his two children, Brad Allen Wright of Martinsville and Melody Lynn Wright of Greensboro, NC; his father, Andrew Wright, his brothers Sammy Wright of Martinsville and Mark Wright of Spotsylvania County, VA.

Kent was a contractor/architect for 30 years, an army vet who fought in Vietnam and was known for his skill with building and wood working. He coached many little league baseball and basketball teams when his children were young. He was known as a great coach and mentor to many young people. He also taught trades at PHCC and took pride in mentoring the young men and women he taught there.

A joint funeral service for Kent and his father, Andrew Haley Wright, who passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Chatham Heights Baptist Church. Reverend Dr. Michael Hatfield and Reverend Lewis Harris will officiate. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 730 E. Church Street, Suite #13, Martinsville VA 24112.


  • Ella Donavant Wright, Mother (deceased)
  • Andrew Haley Wright, Father
  • Theresa Sheryl Martin Wright, Wife of 49 years
  • Brad Allen Wright, son
  • Melody Lynn Wright, Daughter
  • Sammy Wright, Brother
  • Mark Wright, Brother

  • Mountain Valley Hospice


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021


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Candace Hall

February 23, 2021

Theresa and family, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. May the Lord lift you with peace and surround you with His love. Kent will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Love to each of you.

Candace Hall

Lana Martin

February 21, 2021

My heart is full this morning for the death of Kent and his father. Kent and my brother Bill Wright grew up together and continued to be friends through high school, such a sweet young man he was and I know that he continued to be a blessing to so many! My love and prayers to Teresa and his children as they say goodbye to their husband and father and grandfather.

Susan Dove

February 19, 2021

Kent was one of the sweetest people I've ever met. I admired him so for his undying love for Theresa and his family. He was a good man, period! Well respected and led by awesome roll models. I thank God that I knew him! My thoughts and prayers remain with his dear family! Love, Susan Meadows Dove

Patty Warren

February 18, 2021

My parents, Benny & Debra Warren, grew up with Kent and were great friends with Kent and Theresa. I have memories of the both of them while I was growing up. Kent was kind, funny and caring. Prayers for the entire family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sue Donavant

February 17, 2021

To a beautiful soul, who gave so much of himself. Your laughter and kindness Kent will never be forgotten.
May you rest in peace.
My condolences to the family for their loss.
Sue Donavant

Crystal Bryant Lusk

February 17, 2021

My dad Donnie Bryant and Kent grew up together and were extremely close. I have been hearing many stories from their childhood the last few days. He was an amazing person and so loved by everyone he knew.

Benny & Debra Warren

February 17, 2021

Friends will come and friends will go, The seasons change and it will show, I will age and so will you, But our friendship stays forever in our hearts. R.I.P

I have known you since '61 grade school and through high school. We had some good times, especially as we got older and Debra & I would hang out with you and Theresa.

Prayers for the Wright and Martin family!

Joann Pendleton jpendleton

February 17, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for Family and Friends. May God give you Peace and Comfort during this difficult time and in the days ahead. God Bless you all.

Doris Hale

February 17, 2021

Kent was such a kind, gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark, Sammy, Mr. Wright, Theresa and his children.


Bill Wright

February 16, 2021

May God wrap you in His loving arms, my friend, and may He comfort your loving family.

Our friendship dates to '63 and through high school and the '69 Cavaliers. Though years and miles came between us, I often thought of my friend who shared my name.

God bless you, brother!