Vernell Wright(1928 - 2013)

Vernell Rufus Wright

MANSFIELD: Vernell Rufus WRIGHT, 84, of 96 S. Willis Ave. passed this life, Thursday April 4, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Wright was born on Friday July 20, 1928 to the late William and Willie Mae Robinson Wright in Beckley, West Virginia and had lived in Mansfield the past 68 years. Vernell retired from Globe Steel in 1990 after 15 years of service, and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witness South Main Street Congregation.

Vernell is survived by his wife Bernice Helm Wright; four daughters Marge Wheeler, Juno, Alaska, Gerl Dorfey, Dayton, Kim M. Wright and Darlene (Anthony) Harris, Mansfield; two sons: Rodney (Crystal) Wright and Mark (Lisa) Calloway, Mansfield; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two brothers: Delaneo and William Jr., Dayton.

In addition to his parents Vernell was also preceded in death by a son Rufus Anthony "Tony" Wright and one grandson.

Friends may call Wednesday in the Ruth Anna Lee Williams Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Services one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Celebration of Life Service with Brother John Davis officiating.

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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 7, 2013