July 28, 1916 ~ January 8, 2009

Born in: Buncombe County, NC,
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Vergia Wright Brown, 92, of Newfound Road, Leicester, died Thursday, January 8, 2009, at her home. Mrs. Brown was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late William Fred and Lula Jane Morgan Wright. She was married to Ralph J. Brown, who died in 1992, and was also preceded in death by four sisters, Flora and LaRue Wright, Maleta Baumgartner, and Hazel Wright, and three brothers, Forrest, Locke and Ben Wright. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She is survived by one sister, Marie Israel of Wilson; five nephews, Gilbert Baumgartner, Dale Wright, Fred Israel, Michael Wright, and Douglas Wright; two nieces, Lynn Brown and Sara Hiles; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. William E. Zopp officiating . Interment will be at Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Newfound Road, Leicester, NC 28748 or Carepartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Ralph and Vergie were some of my Mom & Dad’s (Joe & Virginia Cole)best friends. I visited them with my parents many times as a young girl. I loved them, too, and we exchanged Christmas cards for many years and then I lost track. I’ve been away from Leicester since 1969 but stayed in touch many times after that and still think of them. I know they are together now.

  2. Vergie and my Grandmother were really good friends, she spoke all the time about Vergie and there fun times playing games of Skip Bo. Vergie was a sweet, gentle and caring person and will be missed. My condolences to the family-
    Julie (Frances Parham’s Granddaughter)

  3. My family and I loved Vergia so dearly and will miss her very much. I knew her longer than any of my grandparents, so she was like a grandmother to me, and was my daughter, Laura’s, godmother. I know she is resting peacefully now. Barbara Alexander

  4. Anita, I am so sorry to hear that Aunt ‘Vergie’ is gone. We had so much fun at her house, spending the night and running around the farm!! You and your family are in my prayers. I love you. Stephanie

  5. With thoughts of deepest sympathy to let you know we care. Bill and I knew Vergia & Ralph from our years of living on Newfound and being members of Grace Methodist Church. Wonderful people to know & love.
    Vergia and Ralph are once again united with the Lord.

  6. Sara,Dale & Family,

    I know this has not been an easy year for you. Know that the love & beautiful memories of your aunts (Vergia & Hazel) will outlast the pain of grief. Those we cherish will ALWAYS live on in our memories. You are all in our thoughts & prayers during this time of sorrow.

    With love & prayers,

  7. Love to you Vergia and Ralph. You are together and at home with God. Thank you for being the very best neighbor when I needed that so much. You have touched my life and my heart.

  8. Vergia never failed to make us welcome at the Morgan reunion each summer, and she always wrote us gracious and kind letters to keep family connections. Her kindness and gentleness and good humor will keep her memory dear. Vergia always spoke of our daughter Elizabeth when we visited at the reunion, and we have sweet and encouraging notes she sent us as we grieved. She’s a special, special lady.


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