Sarah Rebecca Wright, 91, born March 19, 1928, went to meet the Lord on Jan. 29, 2020. Born in Richmond, she was preceded in death by her father, Allen Lee Briggman; mother, Virginia Wright Briggman; and only sister, Helen Hinton.
She was a 1945 graduate of Armstrong High School in Richmond and attended Virginia State College from 1948 to 1950. She left college to travel with her husband, who was a member of the U.S. Navy. After traveling to Japan, Okinawa, Formosa and living in San Diego for 15 years, she returned to Virginia in 1966.
Upon returning to the Hampton Roads area, she entered Virginia State College, Norfolk Division, in 1966 and graduated in 1970 from the newly named Norfolk State College. She also attended Old Dominion University, where she completed three semesters of graduate work in counseling and guidance and began employment at the Virginia Employment Commission, where she worked from 1970 to her retirement in 1988.
Upon retiring, she worked as a substitute teacher for Norfolk City Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She even found the time to pledge and become a member of the lovely of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. on May 2, 1992, Beta Theta Zeta Chapter, where she served as publicity chairperson, recording secretary, treasurer and the State of Virginia Neurology chairperson.
She was honored by her sorority and chosen Zeta of the Year and an Unsung Hero. She and her husband of 70 years spent many years as members of the Good Sam Camping Club and traveled on the many U.S. highways and byways in their R.V. seeing the historic sites with grandchildren in tow.
Her home, for many, was the place to be because there you found love, compassion, truth, listening ears, powerful wisdom and delicious food. Sarah embraced the Holy Spirit of God and never missed an opportunity to give back. Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, dancing and reading to her heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Where the food is delicious, and you never gain an ounce. She left detailed instructions for her family and friends to celebrate her mission here, which is now completed.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Benjamin L. Wright Sr.; children, Benjamin L. Wright Jr. (Wanda), Stephanie Wright Jones and Michelle Renee Wright; grandchildren, Demetrious Jamal Jones, Deearah Wright Wiley (Stephan), Kaleeta Wright McDade (Richard), Benjamin L. Wright III, Tandra Shipp Roberson (Dave) and Dr. Chastity Shipp; great-grandchildren, Jayden Wright, Faithlyn Quinones Morrison, Naomi Elizabeth Fraser Jones, Dahlia Wiley, Savion Wiley, Zora McDade and Harlem McDade; and a plethora of relatives and dear friends.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach. Viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Mark AME Church, 1740 Potters Road, Virginia Beach. A celebration of life will follow viewing at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road, Triangle.
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