James Reginald Wright, Jr., age 68, aka Jimbob and Jimmy, peacefully made his transition home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 25, 2021 with family and friends by his side.
James was born on December 8, 1952 to the late James R. Wright, Sr. and Marie Inez McCoy in Bedford, VA. He received his education from Liberty High School in Bedford, VA and graduated in 1971. After graduating, James served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971-1976 as a Technical Sergeant. In 1978, he joined the D.C. Air National Guard located at Andrews Air Force Base, now known as Joint Base Andrews, as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist in the 113th Maintenance Group until 2011 when his health forced his early retirement. James was a member of the D.C. Air National Guards Drill and Ceremonial Unit. For seven years James was involved with the D.C. Drug Interdiction Program, also known as the “Light’s on Mission” where National Guardsmen along with the D.C. police would go into heavily drug infested areas of the city in armored vehicles and would light up the area on the weekends which allowed the children to play safely in the streets. During his military career, James traveled within the continental U.S. and abroad to locations such as England, Iceland, Spain, South Korea, Argentina, Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
During his military service, James earned several awards and commendations: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Training Ribbon, the Air Force Overseas Ribbon, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the 113th Wing Commander Award, the 113th Maintenance Squadron Award, the Honor Guard Ribbon, the Operation Iraq Freedom Air Expeditionary Wing Medal, a Superior Performance Certificate, the Air Combat Command Superior Team Award presented to the Crash Recovery Team and a Certificate of Appreciation for Service in the Armed Forces of The United States of America signed by the Commander in Chief, President Barrack Obama in 2011.
James accepted Christ at a young age at The Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Goode, VA. He would later join Union Baptist Church in Easton, MD under Christian experience under the leadership of Rev. Fentress A. Hickman. James was a faithful member of the Union Baptist Church Mass Choir and the Men’s Ministry. James was also a member of American Legion, Blake Blackston Post #77 Easton Maryland.
Anyone who knew James knew that he was into Chevy GMC, car racing, antique cars, the Dallas Cowboys, and getting his younger brother Ray into trouble.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving and faithful wife of 14 years, Lisa of Federalsburg, MD; two children James R. Wright, III of New York and Jaynell Wright of Mechanicsville, MD; three grandchildren Zacoy, Zyaire, and Zayomi of Mechanicsville, MD; a stepfather Albert Brown of Bedford, VA; one aunt, Shirley Johnson of Beards Fork, WV; three siblings Ray Wright (Pamela) of Columbia, MD, Sheila Wright (Winston) of Big Island, VA and Mark Wright (Veronica) of Weyers Cave, VA; his sister-in-law Shirley Jones (Bruce) of Seaford, DE; three brothers-in-law Tyrone Johnson of Seaford, DE, Dwayne Baynard of Federalsburg, MD and Troy Baynard of Ridgely, MD; two Goddaughters Jada Holmes Jones of Federalsburg, MD and Tylei Greene of Easton, MD, a host of military comrades, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and his beloved dog, Tobias.
James was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law Ruth Ann Nichols-Johnson and father-in-law Eldridge Baynard, and his grandparents. He was loved by all and left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
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