Opal Marie Anders Wright, 88, of Monticello passed away on March 4, 2019 at Drew Memorial Hospital.
She was born on September 1, 1930 in Bradley County to Travis and Eunice Files Anders. She married L. F. (Junior) Wright June 19, 1948. Together they raised their three sons, Gerald, Robert (Bubba) and Cecil. Opal doted on her sons and later on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild. They all reciprocated that admiration to her.
Opal was a dedicated employee of Commercial Bank where she worked for 38 years as a public relations representative. She was well-known in the banking community as well as the community as a whole. While at Commercial Bank, Opal had an opportunity to pursue her love of travel, including trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.
Opal was a strong presence in her family. She was admired by her family as a woman of strength, class, and unconditional love. She was a very social person and everywhere she went, she loved visiting with people. She never went many places where someone did not know her.
Opal had a strong faith in her Lord, and for many years she attended First Baptist Church, but she had recently begun attending Rose Hill Freewill Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Cecil Wright, and two brothers, James “Bud” Anders and Bill Anders.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald (Sandra) Wright and Robert “Bubba” Wright of Monticello; five grandchildren, Shawn (Jana) Wright, Alan (Kayce) Wright, Shana (Stacy) Wilson, Eric Wright, and Adam (Stephanie) Wright; 11 great-grandchildren, Anna, Ally, Dakota, Brett, Bryson, Corey, Jed and Gavin Wright, Seth and Elizabeth Wilson, and Taylor (Heath) Swain; one great-great grandchild, Beaux Swain; and very special friends of the family, Cara Harris and Caralyne Donaldson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.