|GREENVILLE - Iva Harris Wright, 96, of Greenville died on May 7, 2011 at Cypress Glen Methodist Retirement Community.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, May 23 at the Brown Chapel at Cypress Glen by the Rev. Karen Crutchfield, Chaplain. The family will greet friends after the service. A private graveside service will be held at the Warren Cemetery near Abingdon, Va.
Iva was born in 1914 in Boaz, Alabama, a daughter of James Asbury and Jolee Hayes Harris. A graduate of John H. Snead Seminary, in 1934 she married the Rev. Carl K. Wright. Iva and Carl together served a number of Methodist and United Methodist churches and charges. Their first church was in Cordova, Alabama. In North Carolina they lived and served in Marshallberg, Troy, Hyde County, Old Trap, Columbia, Goldston, Roberdell, Conway, Windsor, Roanoke Rapids, Maury, and Atlantic. Following her husband’s death in 1970, Iva lived in Abingdon, VA, Aurora, CO and Louisburg, NC before moving to Greenville in 1992.
Iva’s life work was her job as the preacher’s wife. It was a responsibility she took seriously and did very well. She was always prepared to teach a Sunday school class, direct a choir, organize a vacation Bible school, or teach a study course for the United Methodist Women, She did all of these things willingly and well. She later held jobs as a librarian, teacher’s assistant, church secretary, and as the Guidance Department secretary at Abingdon High School.
When she moved to Cypress Glen she felt called to care for those older and more in need of help than herself. She organized and directed a choir to sing at worship services. She sang with the Greenville Pops Singers, held leadership positions in her church circle, practiced oil painting, wrote and recorded her memoirs, and filled several notebooks with her poetry. A book of her poetry, Spare Parts and Other Verse, is housed in the library at Cypress Glen. She was a member of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church.
Iva’s outlook on life was positive, and she had the ability to see the good in all people. Because of her pleasant and friendly manner, she was loved by many who will miss her and remember her kindness, her wit, and her wisdom.
Surviving are her children: Jo and Don Cole of Norfolk , VA ; Grace and Sidney Stafford of Louisburg, NC; George Wright and his wife, Rose Momsen of Point Roberts, WA ; and John and Paula Wright of Wilson, NC . Also surviving are her grandchildren: Sid and Lori Stafford of Hillsborough, NC; Carl and Ellen Stafford of Sharon, MA; Charles Stafford and his fiancée Carrie Lubus of Atlanta, GA; Suzanne Stafford of Greensboro, NC; Wende and Mike Shannon of Moyock, NC; Autumn and Michael Hurlburt of Hana, Hawaii; Jade and Jim Gregory of Bend, OR; and Nathan and Brenda Wright of Wilson, NC. She is survived by a sister, Vivian Butt Bentzen of Staunton, VA, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Cypress Glen Benevolent Care Fund, 100 Hickory Street, Greenville, NC 27858.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.