Celester Wright

Sunrise: March 15, 1959

Sunset: June 15, 2022

Mr. Celester “CW” Wright, of Portsmouth, Virginia was called home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

He was born March 13, 1959, in Greenwood, South Carolina to the late James and Marie Gilbert. 

Celester attended Greenwood High School, Greenwood, South Carolina. Upon completion of high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, August 1979. He was a highly decorated Marine veteran; among those awards were, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 3 Stars, Meritorious Mast Award, Good Conduct Medal 5 Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Défense Service Medal, Drill Instructor Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He served 20 years in the USMC and in January 2000, he retired with an Honorable Discharge as Gunnery Sergeant. He was currently employed with Tidewater Community College – Portsmouth Campus as an Information Technology Specialist.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 32 years, Demetrice L. Wright, Portsmouth, VA; two sons, Celester Wright Jr., and Christopher J. Wright, Portsmouth, VA; two sisters Elisa Ruth Wright Kennon, and Barbara Ann Leach; two brothers, James Wright (Debra), and Bobby Dion Wright; Aunt Ethel Wright Saxon, Uncle George Wright; a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. 

CW was preceded in death by both parents, James and Marie Gilbert; godmother, Cladie Mae Wideman; brother Bruce Gilbert.

Viewing Friday, June 24, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel *Masks Required*

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    Reanita Goodwyn says

    My condolences and prayers to Dee, CJ, Christopher and the Wright family. Love you all. 🙏🏾🌹

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      Dee says

      Thank you Cousin. ❤️

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    Alicia Kirksey says

    My condolences to the Wright Family.

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    Chad and Tonya White says

    Sending our love and condolences to you all during this difficult time. JOY comes in the morning.

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      Dee says

      Thank you Tonya and Chad.

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    Tina Wissen says

    Our condolences to the Wright family. CW will be missed

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    Keith and Greta Williams says

    Thinking of you and your family as you celebrate the life of your beloved. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time. We are sharing in your sadness as you remember your loved one. Praying for you during this difficult time.

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    Dionne says

    Send love from Charlotte NC. Our prayers is with you and your family during this time l. Love Dionne and Family

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    Michael Williams says

    Nothing like “GOOD” neighbors… We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Celester (C.W.), our neighbor of seventeen years! Comfort does not come quickly, but it does come to those who lean and depend upon God. Allow the Lord to order your steps during this season of transition. Cherish the pleasant memories and know that your neighbors are here to lean on.

    Dee, CJ, and Chris, we pray that God will comfort and keep you now and in days to come. Be blessed!

    With our sincere sympathy,

    Michael, Michelle, and Bria (Williams)

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    Natalie Tinch says

    Rest In Peace until we see each other again Uncle Lester. We will truly miss you💔

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      Derrick and Sandra Crumpton Miami, Fl says

      Dee sorry to hear about CW always in our prayers very fond memories of our time in VA with you guys, will miss his humor. Rest on my brother Semper Fi.

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    Juanita Ebron says

    Dee I’m so sorry for your lost. I will be praying for the family

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    Juanita Ebron says

    Dee I’m Sending comfort doing this difficult time for you and your boys.

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    Matilda Mathis says

    My Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to the Wright Family, Celester was my God brother, he will be missed Dearly.

    With Love
    Mrs. Matilda Mathis and Family

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    Vic & Theresa Mendez says

    To The Family Of Our Dear Friend “CW”. Our Deepest Condolences To Each One Of You. May God continue to Bless all of you with Peace and Strength. Our Prayers will continue to be lifted. Vic & Theresa Mendez.

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    Derrick and Sandra Crumpton Miami, Fl says

    Dee sorry to hear about CW always in our prayers very fond memories of our time in VA with you guys, will miss his humor. Rest on my brother Semper Fi.

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    Chris and Sittra Battle from Madison, Al says

    We are so sorry to find out about the passing of CW. I was stationed with him in Norfolk, Va. We had some great times there. He was a person that you could always count on. Our prayers and condolences go out to you and the family. I was the guy that drove us (SSGT Gaither and yourself) down to Paris Island for CW’s graduation from Drill Instructor School.

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