Mrs. Valerie Joy Wright was born to the late Carolyn Jean Williams and Jimmy Lawrence McGregor on November 7, 1960 in Hoke County.
Valerie graduated from Hoke County High School in 1978. After rearing her children, Valerie returned to school where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Christian Education from Apex School of Theology. She was employed by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for 10 years and Alexander Youth Network for 17 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Terry Durant McGregor. Mrs. Wright leaves to cherish her many precious memories: her husband Clyde Wright, one daughter, Latoyia L. Oates, one son Titus McCrimmon, one bonus son, Freddie Thomas; two granddaughters Faith Marie Oates and Joy Allison Oates; seven siblings, Dennis McGregor (Burmer), Mary Ann Butts, Tony McGregor (Barbara), Jacqueline Rogers (Fenton), Kenneth Jones (Charleen), Marsha Smith, and Steven McGregor; four “Sister-Aunts” Yvonne Miller, Joanne Bease, Madelyn Miller and Sharon Valentine (George); two Uncles, Ronald Williams (Jean) and Howard Miller; four very special friends that she affectionately referred to as sister, Teresa Parker, Barbara Johnson, Katrine McDougald and Davetta Hurst, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, paternal siblings and friends.