Timothy Wright Passes

Timothy Wright Passes
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After the 4th of July car accident last year that caused the death of his beloved wife and 14-year old grandson, Rev. Timothy Wright died at the Bronx Veterans Hospital and went home to be with the Lord according to The Associated Press which reported it in a press release . He was 61.

Services for Rev. Wright are as follows:
Sat. May 2nd, 12-8pm & Sun. May 3rd, 1-5pm
Grace Tabernacle
1745 Pacific Street
Brooklyn NY 11213

Sun May 3rd, 7pm
Pilgrim Church
1338-44 Broadway
Brooklyn NY 11221
Bishop Albert Jamison, pastor

Monday, May 4, 2009 at 10AM
Pilgrim Church
1338-44 Broadway
Brooklyn NY 11221
Bishop Roy E. Brown, Pastor

Wright, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer known for his up-tempo praise songs and powerful mass choir sound, was seriously injured in the car crash and was left paralyzed from the neck down.

Rev. Timothy Wright was the pastor at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ, located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. During his many months of rehabilitation he often asked about returning to his pulpit to preach the word. Although he could not talk, eat, or even breathe on his own his determination and spirit was inspiring during the many month of his struggle and he will always be remembered for it.

He released more than a dozen gospel recordings, writing many of the songs. His latest album, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus," came out in 2007. The title single, has become a heavy rotation favorite for many gospel radio stations.

In 1994, his record "Come Thou Almighty King," with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, made the Billboard Top 20 charts for gospel albums and was nominated for a Grammy for best traditional soul gospel album.

He was also nomination in that category in 1999 for "Been There Done That," recorded with the B/J Mass Choir and featuring Myrna Summers.

"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" features the New York Fellowship Mass Choir. The title track, written by Wright and his wife and recorded live at a Church of God in Christ convocation, expresses the plight of a woman displaced during Hurricane Katrina: She encourages herself and others by calling the name of Jesus.

According to the book "Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Encyclopedia," by Bil Carpenter, the Brooklyn-born Wright began playing piano for his local church at age 12 and also began composing at a young age.

By his early 20s, he was music director at Brooklyn's Washington Temple Church of God in Christ.

He began writing songs for such fellow musicians as Mattie Moss Clark and the Rev. Isaac Douglas, according to Carpenter's book, and in 1976 formed the Timothy Wright Concert Choir. Among the choir's albums were "Who's on the Lord's Side?" and "Do You Know the Light?"

On July 4th the three-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Loganton, Pa changed Rev. Wright's life. Another car traveling the wrong way struck Wright's car.
His wife, Betty Wright, 58, was killed in the crash, and their 14-year-old grandson, D.J. Wright, died later at a hospital.

The driver of the wrong-way car, John Pick, also was killed, while a passenger in a third car was injured.

The Wrights were returning from a Church of God in Christ conference in Detroit, said Leroy Johnson, a trustee at Grace Tabernacle.

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