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Obituary for Sara Frances Wright

Sara Frances Wright, age 98, of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Born on June 24, 1924, in Franklin County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Frannie Douglas Smith. In 1943, Sara moved to Commerce and there she met her husband, James Wright. James went into the military later that year, which caused him to move to Pennsylvania and Sara followed. On December 3, 1943, they married and began traveling throughout the US due to James’ military duties, including Alabama, Missouri, and Oklahoma. James was deployed overseas, so Sara moved to Atlanta to be closer to family. When James was discharged in 1945, they both began working in Atlanta for a while before moving back home to Commerce. In 1947, Sara gave birth to their first son and in 1950, to their second son. While in Commerce, she was an active member of Commerce First Methodist Church. James was offered a job in 1955 in Cornelia, hence the relocation. Sara began working at First National Bank for a few years before becoming the lunchroom manager at Cornelia High School for ten years. After her managerial position ended, she had a catering service. She opened and operated the Cornelia Sports Card Shop at age 67 and finally retired at 93. She became a member of Cornelia First Methodist Church, where she managed the kitchen, was active in the Youth Club, was a member of the Official Board and the Methodist Women’s Club. They decided to join Level Grove Baptist Church in 1968, and she once again became active there as treasurer of her Sunday School Class until her health no longer allowed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Rev. Paul Wright and seven siblings.

Survivors include her loving husband of 77 years, James Wright of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Fred Wesley Wright and Gayle of Bogart; daughter-in-law, Wanda Wright of Mt. Airy; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A visitation service will be held from 2-3 pm, on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Singletary officiating. Interment will be in Apple Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Apple Valley Community, Commerce/Jefferson Road, Georgia, immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sharing and Caring Place, 195 Stovall Street, Cornelia, Georgia 30531.

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