Brother Jessie Wright, affectionately known as “Sambo” was born on June 22, 1956, in Hampton County, South Carolina, to the late Henry and Katherine L. Wright. He was the third child of eleven. Jessie departed this life on Friday, Decem- ber 4, 2020, to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at Sprenger Health Care of Port Royal in Port Royal, South Carolina.
Jessie was educated in the Hampton County public school system. He graduated from Wade Hampton High School “Class of 1974”, and served as Class Treasurer. He also attended Voorhees College in Denmark, SC, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Jessie was active in college; becoming a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and also served as Student Body President in his Senior year of college.Jessie taught Biology in Hampton District II, Estill, SC. Later he became a Chemist at Clariant Corporation in Martin, SC, where he retired after 30 plus years.
Jessie was a member of Christ Church the Deliverance Temple of God in Varnville, SC, and later became a member of Antioch Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he sang faithfully as a Choir Member and was a dedicated servant and served on the Board of Trustees.Jessie was a people’s person and would help anyone, whatever the need. He was an avid road traveler in his care for others. And he loved each of his many nephews, nieces and god-children. Each held a place in his heart; however, his nephew, Braylyn Salmond in many regards was the son he never had. Jessie held him close to his heart.
Jessie’s loving and unforgettable memories will be cherished by his devoted family: his ten siblings: Elder Charles Henry Wright of Varnville, South Carolina, James Melvin (Sherri) Wright of Wilmington, Delaware, Steve Allen Wright of Euless, Texas, Judy (Luther) Stewart of Varnville, South Carolina, Alice (Wilbur) Gordon of Nixville, South Carolina, John Glenn (Terry) Wright of Estill, South Carolina, Pastor German (Sandra) Wright of Columbia, South Carolina, Kenneth Wright and Reuel Rogers of Chicago, Illinois, Elizabeth Suzette Wright and Patrick La’Mon Wright, both of Columbia, South Carolina. And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sympathizing friends.
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