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Melvena Drinkard Wright, 97, of Irvington, Va., passed away on Dec. 8, 2015. 

She is survived by her daughters, Sheryl Stinchcum (Doug) and Linda Kettelhut (Rick); five grandchildren, Elisa Staton, Amanda Howard, Terry Johnston, Shawn Johnston and J.S. Johnston; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. Eugene Braxton Wright, and her grandson, Dustin Johnston. 

Upon graduation from Lynchburg College, Melvena taught elementary school for many years and then became a real estate broker. She was a very gifted artist, pianist and writer.

Graveside services will be held at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to White Stone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, White Stone, Va. 22578.