By Taft Gantt ’20
The Woodberry community gathered together on Wednesday morning for the funeral of Emmett W. Wright Jr. St. Andrew’s Chapel was filled with Woodberry legends to celebrate the life of their former Headmaster.
Emmett Wright served as the sixth Headmaster of Woodberry Forest School from 1974 to 1991. During his tenure at Woodberry, the school tremendously increased its endowment and became the leading boys boarding school in the country. Upon his retirement he received the J. Carter Walker Award, Woodberry’s highest honor.
“As headmaster, Emmett Wright was a titan of excellence at Woodberry Forest,” said Dr. Byron Hulsey ’86, Woodberry’s current headmaster. “His commitment to the school’s mission was unceasing, and the unique combination of his resolute decisiveness and tender heart made him worthy of our respect and admiration.”
The service began with the clergy and family processing in the chapel while the Rev. Tyler Montgomery said the anthems aloud. The first and second lessons were then read by the Senior Prefect, Eli Drake, and the Head Reader, Taft Gantt. After a couple hymns and the psalm, Dr. Hulsey, delivered the eulogy. Following that, former Woodberry reverend Dr. David Smith gave the sermon. Both Dr. Hulsey and Dr. Smith shared many interesting and amusing stories about Mr. Wright.
The service then moved to the memorial garden for the committal. The rainy day concluded with a reception in the Baker Gallery of the Walker Fine Arts Center.