Robert Wesley Wright Jr.

Published 9:47 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019

Robert Wesley Wright Jr., 74, of Smithfield passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at a place of great joy, Burwell’s Bay.  He was the son of the late Robert Wesley Wright Sr. and Frances Virginia Slate Wright.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Linda Mae Owen Wright; sons, Robert Wesley Wright III (Lynne) and Justin Owen Wright; grandchildren, Robert Stockton Wright and Catherine Margaret Wright; sister, Beverly W. Cochran; and his dog, Molly.  

Bobby worked for many years at Gwaltney Motor Company and then Pomoco of Smithfield.  He was a life member of the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department.  He loved beach music, shag dancing, and trips to Myrtle Beach and Nags Head with his wife, Linda. “Grandad,” as he was known to his grandchildren, loved watching their sporting games and his favorite team, the Nationals. He was a member of the Franklin Shag Club and a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church. 

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar St. Smithfield, with burial to follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, 1515 S. Church St. Smithfield.  In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, 1804 S. Church St, Smithfield, VA 23430 or Trinity United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be registered at

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