Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA


Martha Franck Wright

November 3, 1923February 10, 2020

Martha Wright, age 96, departed this life on Monday, February 10, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Martha Jeanette Hale; and husband, Ernest A. Wright Jr.

Martha is survived by her son, Ronald Hale (Kitty); granddaughter, Traci Parsley (Greg); and great grandson, Luke Parsley.

She retired from Crawford Manufacturing and was a longtime member of New Bridge Baptist Church.


  • Martha Jeanette Hale, Daughter (deceased)
  • Ernest A Wright, Jr., Spouse (deceased)
  • Ronald Hale (Kitty), Son
  • Traci Parsley (Greg), Granddaughter
  • Great Grandson, Luke Parsley


  • Graveside Service Friday, February 14, 2020


Martha Franck Wright

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Rena and Russell Talley

February 14, 2020

Martha We love you so much, We will miss your hugs. Rest in peace our love...The Talley Talley Family, Rena, Russell,Christina, Grayson, Brody..

Rena and Russell Talley

February 13, 2020

Martha (Angel) Just a few words your day is coming close, You have touched our hearts in our every day life..You were such a joy to know and to love..I have tears in my eyes now, your wisdom and calming ways were so Reassuring when we had a tough day. That SMILE said it all..We felt like you were our other mother..You hold Ernie 's hand tight, I'm sure he's so happy now.. He's with his best girl. We will miss you Martha today and forever..We love you..❤ Rena and Russell and Christina and Grayson and Brody.....

Judy Bowman

February 13, 2020

Aunt Martha,
You were such a special part of our lives. I keep hearing your laugh and seeing that beautiful smile. You and Uncle Ernie were such an inspiration to me. I know Heaven is rejoicing knowing you have come home. We will miss you so much. You always kept the faith! I enjoyed our talks. You were always such a comfort when things got tough. Always positive and uplifting. When Roger died, you were there. When Harry and I got married, you were there. You have always been there for all of us. Harry and I will miss and love you always. Your new chapter of life is so exciting to think about. We will meet again one day soon. We love you always.

Judy and Harry Bowman

Rena Talley

February 12, 2020

Our dearest Martha and Earnie, knowing you both, Martha, you were an amazing lady wonderful neighbor, like Barbara said we could come to you with anything, you would make everything alright
We will cherish your Love and Beautiful smile. God has another Angel, Now you can hug Earnie tight, We love you Rena,Russell, Christina, Grayson, Brody..The Talley's 😅

Barbara and Jamie Johnson

February 12, 2020

Grandma(Martha), that's what my children and I always called you. For 40 years we lived next door to you and Ernie and you were just like family. When I had a question I could always come to you Grandma, and our children loved you so much. God gave us you for just a little while and I am so glad. Rest In Peace! We love and will miss you.

Joanne &Manley Barden

February 12, 2020

Dear Friends and family of Martha's, it is with sadness that we learn of Martha's death. For many of my much younger years my family and I were neighbors of Martha and Ernest. They were such a wonderful couple and lived long lives. They were active at New Bridge Baptist Church and in the community.

We wish we could be with you for Martha's service on Friday but since we cannot please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joanne and Manley Barden

Joyce Franck

February 12, 2020

I will always love you Aunt Martha. I will miss our phone calls. Hearing your voice and saying "I don't need a thing" to me every time I asked you if you needed anything. There are too many memories to count or mention but there is one that stands out.
I have a very young memory of growing up and I was about 10 years old or so and Aunt Martha and Granny Roberta carried me and my sisters to Eastgate Mall to get new winter coats. That meant a lot to my parents. I know you are happy now with Uncle Ernie and the rest of our family in Heaven. Heaven has a brand new Angel now. My heart breaks that you are gone but knowing where you are now is a better place and I cannot wait to see you again. Love you so much!!
The photo is Aunt Martha age 17 and her brother (my dad) age 19. (sorry it is sideways but that's how it came out on this site).