Mr. Kenneth “Kenny” Melson Wright


Mr. Kenneth “Kenny” Melson Wright, 73, husband of the late Judy Baggett Wright and a resident of Onley, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, surrounded by his children and grandson.

Born on Oct. 14, 1944, Mr. Wright was the son of the late Vernon and Edna Melson Wright. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard “Dicky” Wright.

Mr. Wright is survived by his children, Robin Pruitt (C. Ray), of Melfa, Ken Wright (Kendra), of Smithfield, Va., and Melissa Taylor (Scott), of Onley. In addition, he is survived by his beloved grandchildren, Leland and Kaylyn Chandler, Hunter Taylor, Cullen Pruitt, and Rachel and Rebekah Wright; great-grandchildren, Graciela Malave and Millie Chandler; nephews, Dickie and Tony Thompson and Richard and Harry Wright; nieces, Tina Thompson Flanagan and Carleen Wright Eller; and a sister-in-law, Judy Wright.

Mr. Wright graduated from Parksley High School and married his beloved “Judy Pudy.” They were married for 47 years. During this time, Mr. Wright began his lifelong career with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Over a span of 42 years, he worked his way through the ranks until he retired as the assistant resident engineer. His coworkers described him as someone who not only cared about the job at hand, but more about the people who completed it.

He was the family patriarch and someone who never met a stranger. He loved food and had a quick wit and sense of humor. He treasured his yard and watching his grandson play baseball. He hated pitchers. In his later years, he especially treasured the friendships that he developed at the various “tables of knowledge,” e.g., Bojangles, Sage, and Janet’s. He will be forever remembered as the “King of Google.”

A memorial service will be held at the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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