WILLIE MAE O’NEAL
Willie Mae O’Neal Wright went to paradise after a peaceful passing at her home, surrounded by family on Sept. 4, 2020.
Visitation will be prior to services from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, in the Chapel, with her grandsons, Keith Sellers and Lee Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Kosse at Eutaw Cemetery.
Willie Mae was born to William and June Shetter O’Neal in Corpus Christi, on Aug. 8, 1940. She spent most all her childhood with her parents, brother and two sisters in Kosse. She was proud to be an alumnus of the fighting Kosse Greyhounds, where she attended school and made many lifelong friends.
Willie Mae married the love of her life, Leldon D. “LD” Wright on June 22, 1957. Soon, Leldon and Willie Mae added two children, Kathy Lynn and Ricky D Wright, to the family. The Wrights led a family-driven life, full of love, God and happiness. The family was avid members of the Church of Christ. Just when Willie Mae and Leldon thought they could not be more fulfilled, along came their first grandson, Keith. They immediately took on the role of Nana and Papa, where they thrived. Keith was shortly joined by cousins and brothers, Lee, Heather, Bryan, and the baby, Kevin.
Willie Mae and Leldon provided a safe haven for their grandchildren, and every Friday all of them would get together at their house to stay the night. This allowed for the cousins to develop a lifelong bond and teach them the true meaning of love and family, all while keeping God in the forefront. Every one of the grandchildren, at one point in their lives, lived with Nana and Papa being welcomed with open arms for as long as needed. This type of unconditional love is a rare find, and the grandchildren all consider themselves lucky to have found that at Nana and Papa’s house. Willie Mae and Leldon’s children and all their grandchildren have not only become successful in their families and careers, they all have very good taste in music. Nana was a die-hard Elvis fan and was the queen of the 50s. She was the best person to watch movies, listen to music, or just sit around and talk to. There will always be a little of Nana’s presence in all her descendants, and for that we are humbler, kinder, more patient and open hearted. Willie Mae Wright is sur
vived by her daughter, Kathy Sellers and husband Tommy, of Kosse; son Ricky D. Wright and wife Jodi, of Kosse; grandson Keith Sellers and wife Samantha, of Groesbeck; grandson Bryan Sellers and wife Shelby, of Kosse; grandson Kevin Sellers, of Kosse; grandson Lee Wright and wife Tara, of Knott; granddaughter Heather N. Flippin and husband William, of Kosse; great-grandchildren: Asher, Eden, Landon, Emily, Brody, Hunter, Kaylee and Roxy; brother Robert O’Neal and wife Glenda, of Kosse; sister Dena Yezak and husband James, of Bremond; sister Billie Jean Cox, of Waco; many greatly loved nephews, nieces, cousins and a great friend.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leldon D Wright; parents William and June Shetter O’Neal; and brother-in-law Jack Cox.