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Ben Wright, Sr, was born January 24,1923 in Greensboro, Georgia to the late Hattie and Major Lee Wright. Ben left his hometown of Greensboro, Ga at the young age of 20 to serve in the Army during World War II. He often shared memories of his war experience which provided him opportunity to travel the world. After returning from war Ben married Johnnie and they relocated to Cincinnati where they raised their 7 children. 

He was a long and faithful member of New Christian Life Baptist Church during his years in Cincinnati where he served as a Deacon. He was a licensed operator and drove a semi­truck, working for Crane Supply Company for many years before retiring. He briefly lived in San Diego, CA after retirement, but then returned south to Atlanta, Ga where he lived until age 90.

Ben spent the last 4 years of his life in Cincinnati doing what he loved best, living life to the fullest. Whether he was sneaking off to the local donut shop, gambling at the casino, playing dominoes, or riding around the city as his son’s side-kick, he always had a funny story to share with anyone who would listen. One of his favorite stops was his son-in-law’s store where he would pick up a pack of cigarettes and a pint of wine (or two). He was blessed to have the daily care of his son and daughter-in-law. Despite his age, he had a healthy appetite. He regularly requested watermelon, pig feet, beans, buttermilk and cornbread and he would eat every bite.

Whether you knew him as Daddy, Grandpa, Pops, Ben, Uncle Buck, “Buckshot”, “Big Ben in 210...”, remember him for one of his many sayings like “...funny looking duck” or for a funny story that left you bent over in laughter, you know Ben loved life and knowing him was truly a blessing.

Ben passed away on October 31, 2017 peacefully at Twin Towers Life Enriching Community after a short illness. He died in the presence of love ones wrapped in his family reunion quilt. He was 94 years old.

Ben is survived by his sister, Christine Wright Rowland of Greensboro; by his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wright of Atlanta and Delores Wright of Cincinnati; his children, Essie Birgans of Cincinnati, Ella Adams of Atlanta, Ben Wright, Jr. of Cincinnati, Stanley Wright (Donna) of Cincinnati, Rickey Wright of Atlanta, and Deborah Moore (Tony) of Cincinnati; his 10 grandchildren; 11 great­-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and loved ones.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Ruth; his brothers Cornelius, Jimmy, Lorenzo, and Russell; his sisters, Bertha, Sara, Carol, Lillie; his son, Major Lee Wright; his grandson, Barry Lee Adams, Jr.; and his great-grandson Mark A. Hall, II.

Visitation is from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, on Monday, November 6, 2017, at the Twin Towers Chapel , 5343 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati (45224). Walker Funeral Home assisting the family in Cincinnati. 

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at Antioch Baptist Church, 2051 Antioch Church Road
Greensboro, GA 30642 (706) 453-7244. Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home assisting the family in Georgia. 

Walker Funeral Home of Cincinnati is serving the Wright family.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home Carrollton Chapel. 770-836-0044.



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  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    The staff of Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    ~ Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home
  • Friday, November 10, 2017
    I'm very sorry for the death of your loved one. He will be in my prayers. I hope this scripture at Revelation 21:4 can provide some comfort. For more encouragement please visit Jw.org.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Our sincere condolences to you on the loss of your loved one. Words cannot express the sorrow you’re feeling at this time. Or the pain your heart still feel as the years have passed since your loved one has died. I too have lost loved ones and this promise found in God’s Word that in the near future, death along with the pain and sorrow will soon be gone in the near future has brought me comfort. I hope this will bring you a measure of comfort too. Isaiah 25:8 - He (God)will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah (God’s name)will wipe away the tears from all faces. http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/dead-live-again-tract/dead-live-again/
    ~ Johnson
  • Friday, November 10, 2017
    Dear Wright family, I wanted to send you my deepest sympathies. I am very sorry for your loss. I can sympathize with the hurt and emptiness of heart you are feeling. Death has been an enemy to each of us, taking those we love so dearly. Soon there will be no more pain, illnesses, or death to cause so much grief, for the Bibles' promises are so fulfilling and gives us a beautiful hope for the future. 1 Peter 5:7 assures us that "Almighty God cares for us." So soon He will undo the effects of suffering, sickness, mourning, wickedness, and will "swallow up death forever." (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4)
    ~ Brittany   IL