Mrs. Bessie Ann Wright



Emporia, VA

Mrs. Bessie Ann Wright, 67, transitioned into eternal life on Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Emporia, Virginia. She was born on May 2, 1950 to the late Annie Pearl Turner and Albert Walton, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death, her adopted mother: Mary Obie Shepard; adopted father: Johnny Waller; aunt: Annie L. Steward; one son: Zackery Broadnax; two daughters: Treva Ann Broadnax and Veronica Denise Gray.

Bessie spent her earthly life here in Emporia, Virginia. She received her education from Greenville County Training School. She worked as a Cook for several restaurants in the area until the early 80’s when she became self-employed and took on clients like Herman Sadler, Nancy Roach, Clyde Harrel, and lawyer Vincent, just to name a few. Bessie was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia under the leadership of Pastor Clifton Threat. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, fishing, cleaning, going to thrift stores and working in the yard with her flowers. This lady loved a flower! To know her was to love her; she loved to laugh and have fun. There was never a dull moment when she was in the room. She always had a joke for you. She also loved to have a “get-together” and invite everybody. Then she would put you out when it’s time to go and you don’t want to leave!

Bessie leaves to cherish her fond memories, her husband of six years: Andrew Wright; three sons: James Anthony Broadnax (Kesha) of Gaston, NC, Eric Orlando Broadnax (Marilyn) of Garysburg, NC, and Elton Lamont Broadnax of Freeman, VA; four daughters: Lisa Michelle Cameron (Rodney) of Emporia, VA, Deloris Edwards of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Nora Priscilla Broadnax (Joseph) of Rocky Mount, NC, Stephanie Lynette Speller (Kenneth) of Emporia, VA; a special granddaughter of the home: Sherika Lowe (Derrick); seven step-children: Ricky Davis, Regina Lewis, Diandre Wright, Regina Hicks, Andrew Taylor, Darrin Sloan and Vern Sloan; two extended daughters: Sona Turner and Tameika Singleton; maternal siblings: Lilly May Vaughan, Evelyn Stevens, Barbara Waller, Elsie Turner, Joanne Jenkins, Nelson Shedrick, Charles Shedrick, Edwina Peoples, and Adjua Mantabea; paternal siblings: Barbara Ann Walton, Rose Loretta, Jeanie Mae Frank, Lee Walton and Tony Albert Walton (Dorothy); one special friend: Paula Goodrich; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grand-children, other family and many friends, as she never met a stranger.

A Visitation for Mrs. Wright will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Friday, March 30, 2018, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon, on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Royal Baptist Church, 106 W. Atlantic Street in Emporia, VA. The Interment will take place immediately after the Service in the Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia, VA.

These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 520 Smith Church Road in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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