Velma Rose Wright was born on December 18, 1955 in Abbottsburg, NC. She was the daughter of Leon Wright and Queen Esther Gillespie Wright. Velma departed this life on January 18, 2018 at UNC Chapel Hill Cancer Hospital.
Velma was a loving and giving person that will truly be missed. At Lumberton Jr. High she was the playwriter of the first drama performed named, “New Generation.” In 1974 she graduated from Lumberton Senior High School. She furthered her education at the Fayetteville State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. As a student at Fayetteville State University she was a member of the following organizations: Drama Guild, Student Government Association’s Senate, the “VOICE” school newspaper as a staff member, Smith Halls’ dormitory association, Philosophy Club where she served as a Secretary and Treasurer and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc where she served as the 2nd Vice President and Public Relations Manager. Velma aspired to complete her master’s degree in Social and Community Services from 2005 to 2006 where she was a graduate student at Capella University.
The following positions were held throughout the course of her professional career: 1979-1980 Fayetteville State University as a Day Care Teacher I; 1980-1981 Public Schools of Robeson County as a Substitute Teacher; 1981 Fayetteville Technical Institute as an Adult Basic Education Instructor; 1981-2002 at Cumberland County Department of Social Services following positions: Relief Shelter Coordinator for Domestic Violence, Alternate Teaching parent for Group/Shelter Home Program, Youth Program Assistant II for the JoAnne Emergency Home, Social Worker II for JoAnne Emergency Home and retired as the a Social Worker III/Case Worker with Family Treatment Unit with Child Protective Services and has served as the Court Liaison for Cumberland Co. DSS; 2002-2004 at Public Schools of Cumberland County as a Special Education Teacher; 2003-2004 Behavioral Counseling Center as Substance Counselor; 2005-2006 Autism Society of North Carolina as a Community Skills Instructor, 2006-2011 North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as a Youth Counselor and Social Worker. Velma held various positions in the church body Her childhood church was Rockhill Baptist Church, Floyd’s Temple United Holy Church and as an adult attended Smith Chapel AME Zion. Her latest membership was with Mt Sinai United Holy Church of Lumberton N.C. until she became ill.
Velma leaves to cherish her memories: three sisters, Priscilla Faye Wright Odom of Lumberton, NC, Lela Ann Wright of Fayetteville, NC and Lucinda Wright of Chicago, IL; two brothers, Willis Dean Wright (Jenny) of Lumberton, NC and George Fairley Wright of Baltimore, MD; host of nieces and nephews whom she adored as her own children and her very best friend of 38 years who was her sister from another mother Jacqueline “Jackie” Brady Walker. Two siblings proceeded her in death, two brothers: Curtis Levon Wright and Kenneth Wright; and her parents who also proceeded her in death Leon Wright and Queen Esther Gillespie Wright.