A Life of Service and Sharingby Representative Corrine Brown
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Ms. BROWN of Florida. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the constituents of
the Fifth Congressional District of Florida, I rise now to offer my
heartfelt condolences and pay tribute to the life of Rev. Thomas A.
Wright, a leader, humanitarian, activist and friend.
I am moved and encouraged when recalling the life achievements of this giant in the field of religion and social activism. As a champion for the marginalized and disenfranchised, we remember Rev. Wright for his many achievements, which among them include; creating a scholarship for disadvantaged youth, helping his church acquire an affordable apartment complex for low-income residents and promoting economic development for east Gainesville.
As a man who served his country, Rev. Wright distinguished himself on the field of battle in World War II.
As a community activist, he gave of himself and his talents to benefit both the individuals and the many organizations he served. From being President of the Alachua County NAACP for 17 years to pastoring Mount Carmel church for over 45 years.
These and many other civic activities were distinctive and the accolades received for all his good works.
The life of Rev. Thomas A. Wright was one of accomplishment, service and sharing. And now in his passing we pay tribute to the man and his life of service to all of us. My prayer is that the life he lived serves as an example to each of us.
Rev. Wright is survived by his children, son Philoron Wright of Gainesville; daughters Dr. LaVon Wright Bracy (Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy) of Orlando and Patricia Wright Murray of West Palm Beach; 16 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great- grandchildren.