Mrs. Emma Jeanette Ward Wright

b.  02 Apr 1906 - Newport News, VA
d. 20 Dec 1997 - Hampton, VA

Newport News High School Class of 1924;
College of William and Mary, A. B.
University of Richmond
University of Virginia

English,  Sponsor of the Freshman Class of 1965 ('69)

Mother of Linwood Wright ('65) and Jimmy Wright ('67)

1924 Beacon (yearbook), p. 51 1941 Beacon (yearbook) 1964 Anchor,
p. 48
Saturday, October 4, 2003
Greenlawn Cemetery, 25th Street and Parrish Avenue, Newport News, VA
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 01/25/07 (posted 02/03/07)
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 04/30/03
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 04/07/03
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Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/06/03
Thanks, Dave!


HAMPTON - Amos Harrison Wright, 76, died Wednesday, April 12, in Sentara Hampton General Hospital.

A native of Lucas County, Iowa, he was a Peninsula resident for 42 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired as heating and air conditioning technician from Hampton public schools after eight years service.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Newport News, where he was active in the men's club. He was also a member of Retired Peninsula Men's Club.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Ward Wright; two sons, Linwood H. Wright of Hampton and James C. Wright of Tabb; one sister, Marguerite Blakley of Campton, Ill.; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Greenlawn Cemetery by the Rev. James W. Luck.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight in R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Wythe Rescue Squad or Trinity United Methodist Church building fund.

Published in the Daily Press on 4/13/1989.


Jeanette Ward Wright, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at Sentara Hampton General Hospital. Born in Newport News, she was a lifelong resident of the area, where she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Newport News and United Methodist Women.

After graduating from Newport News High School, Mrs.
Wright earned her degree from the College of William and Mary in 1928. She taught at Newport News High School until 1971, when she retired after 33 years. During that time, she studied at the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority and the International Society of Woman Educators. During World War II, she volunteered in the Canteen Core of the American Red Cross.

Survivors include two sons, Linwood H.
Wright of Hampton and James C. Wright, and his wife, Irene, of Yorktown; and two granddaughters, Deborah and Kimberly.

A graveside service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Memorial Park by the Rev. Gene C. Gee. The family will receive friends after the funeral at the home of her son, James, 320 Mill Road, Yorktown.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 228 29th St., Newport News, Va. 23607; or the Wythe Rescue Squad, 1430 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, Va. 23661.

Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/22/1997.

She taught and displayed a love of the English language and its literature.
Whenever I write something of which I am proud, I think of her.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/08/03
Thanks, Dave!

Poor Mrs. Wright. She has no MIDI. Well, she taught English.
And we have already used "Romeo & Juliet" for Mrs. Cameron.

However, here is a song uniquely associated with England, and which should
evoke just the right degree of recognition and dignity for this wonderful lady.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/26/04
OHHH - how lovely!  Thanks, Dave!

Mrs. Wright, who taught English, was my favorite teacher at NNHS. It wasn't an easy class but I thought that she was fair.
I came from my ninth grade English class knowing very little, other than a teacher having a skeleton in her closet (literally) and changing grades in her grade book...
I definitely wasn't her favorite and I couldn't tell who in our class was. I am glad that I wasn't aware. I think it made it easier not knowing.
I am not sure I was anyone's favorite in any class. I think I talked way too much.

- Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 06/25/16
Thanks, Pauline!


 (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times)

Words by William Blake (28 Nov 1757 - 12 Aug 1827)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountain green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.


"And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times" lyrics and midi courtesy of

at the fond suggestion from Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA for one of his favorite teachers - 06/26/04

Stacked Books clip art courtesy of - 05/05/08

Animated Army Flag courtesy of - 01/21/04

Obituaries added on 04/21/08 and 05/05/08

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