Gladys Wright’s spirit went home on January 22, 2023—but not before it graced each
person who had the pleasure of meeting her. She was seventy-one years old, being born on
November 18, 1951. Gladys was preceded in death by Beatrice Davis Harless and Arnold Huff
Harless, her parents, as well as her brother, Larry T. Harless. She attended William Fleming High
With her husband, Kenneth D. Wright, originally of Daleville, she had two daughters.
Her first daughter, Kimberly D. Smith, was born in 1971. Her second daughter, Patricia A.
Wright, was born in 1973. Of Kimberly Smith, she enjoyed two grandchildren, Devin Smith (26)
and Derek Smith (24), both of Copper Hill, Virginia. Of Patricia Wright, she enjoyed two more
grandchildren, Justin Jarrett (26) and Kayla Jarrett (24), both of Roanoke, Virginia. Finally, she
had one great granddaughter, Rhiannon A. Stores (3), also of Roanoke. Kenneth & Gladys’
marriage lasted nearly fifty-three years.
She is survived by her brother, Jack Harless, and her twin sisters, Brenda Shockley and
Glenda Harless. She is further survived by her loving husband, daughters, grandchildren, and
beloved great granddaughter. She will be forever remembered as the most generous, kind-hearted
person whom many have ever met. Her favorite activities included travelling to Charlotte, North
Carolina to visit her sister, Brenda, talking to her grandchildren Justin and Kayla, and playing
with her great granddaughter, Rhiannon. Gladys also enjoyed listening to oldies music, sitting
outside with her daughter, Patricia, shopping, and watching television. There is no doubt that she
will be sorely missed by all of those listed above, in addition to her three cats, Bella, Hendrix,
Gladys’ memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road,
Roanoke, Virginia 24019. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, and for a brief time following the service. Please
send donations and/or flowers to 4849 Player Drive, Roanoke, Virginia 24019. For additional
information or to reach out with fond memories, call or text Kenneth Wright at (540) 366-6676
or Justin Jarrett at (540) 977-8717.