On Saturday morning, August 26 in Valdosta, family, friends and city representatives gathered at the corner of Brookwood Pl. and (formally) Deeb St., where the Wright family home sits, for a dedication ceremony honoring the late Councilman James R. Wright. The street dedication was approved by Mayor John Gayle, Larry Hanson and Valdosta’s City Council allowing Deeb Dr. to be renamed James R. Wright Dr.
Pastor J.D. Martin presided over the ceremony with Bishop U. Williams leading the prayer and Reverend B. McFadden reading the scripture. Councilman Wright’s son, Kontari Wright, who currently works and resides in Savannah, GA., was the first to speak on behalf of his family. “My dad’s priorities were taking care of his family and taking care of his community and he worked diligently to do both.” Kontari, his sister, Jamelia Wright, and his mother, Fannie Wright, were all very thankful for the warm gesture the city showed them with the dedication ceremony.
This sisters of the councilman, Tammy, Veronise, and Tangula, also spoke warmly about their late brother, remembering his commitment to the community, his ablity to inspire others and how he received the well-known nickname “Po’Boy.”
The representatives of the city, including City Manager Larry Hanson and Councilman Sonny Vickers, gave glowing remarks about James’ work in the community including his street and sidewalk resurfacing projects, his work with Parks and Recreation, the Brookwood Block Club, and his devotion to the youth of the city of Valdosta. Other speakers included Councilwoman
Vivian Miller-Cody, Councilman Tim Carroll, Councilman Alvin Payton, Councilman Robert Yost, Councilman Ben Norton, and Councilwoman Sandra Tooley.
Following the renaming ceremony, the family celebrated with lunch and gathered at the grandparents house before going their separate ways.