History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

After 30 years of service to the community with other funeral homes, Joel A. “Tony” Wright and his family decided to serve the community from their own funeral home. After several years of searching, the dream to serve became a reality with the purchase of the Old South Martinsville School at 220 Business South. 

The abandoned school building has been renovated into a spacious, modern funeral facility including an on-site crematory. 

Entering our 7th year, we will serve over 300 families.  Our experience allows us to provide quality funeral services, tailored specifically to your needs. We are also proud to announce the opening of our own perpetual-care cemetery, Fair Haven Memorial Park, located at 18960 A.L. Philpott Highway on 58 East, one half mile past the Old Country Store.  

We are involved in many local organizations, including church membership, the Ruritan Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Martinsville UpTown Rotary Club, the American Red Cross, the Martinsville / Henry County Chamber of Commerce, as well as memberships in the National Funeral Directors Association, and state-wide in the Southside Funeral Directors Association and Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

Our desire is to provide quality service that is affordable to members of our community who have lost a loved one.

Our Valued Staff

Tony Wright

Tony Wright, Owner

Tony began serving and apprenticing with a local funeral home in Bassett after graduating from Lee University. He went on to attend Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and received his bachelor's degree before serving professionally. He enjoys working on his ’67 Camaro and spending time with family.

Betty Hensley Wright

Betty Hensley Wright, Operation Manager/Owner

Tom Hensley

Tom Hensley, Operation Manager/Owner

Beth Edna Hairston

Beth Edna Hairston, Manager

Beth loves to spend time with her two children, watch football, sing, travel, and read. Beth is a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Martinsville, VA and the Kappa Delta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a 2006 graduate of The College of William and Mary, a 2013 graduate of Liberty University, and a 2021 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College Funeral Service education program.

Ruth Ratcliff

Ruth Ratcliff, Funeral Director

Ruth attends Martinsville Church of Truth in Martinsville, Virginia. She enjoys spending time with her dogs and working in her flower gardens.

Shannon Alley

Shannon Alley, Office Manager

Shannon attends Stanleytown's Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Stanleytown, Virginia. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Nancy Beeson

Nancy Beeson, Funeral Attendant / Webmaster

Nancy serves as Secretary-Treasurer and council member at Collinsville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Collinsville, Virginia. She loves reading mystery novels, walking, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Glen Stump

Glen Stump, Maintenance / Funeral Attendant

Mary Stump

Mary Stump, Funeral Attendant

S.T. Fulcher Jr.

S.T. Fulcher Jr., Funeral Director

S.T. Fulcher, Jr. has been a life long member of Stanleytown United Methodist Church, where he is the Chairman of the Administrative Council and Trustee. He is also a member of the Stanleytown Ruritan Club, President of the Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department, member of the Patrick Henry Lodge #82, Knights of Pythians, awarded the Golden Spur, member of the Sons of the American Revolution, member of the Sons of the Confederacy, life member of American Legion Pannill Port # 42, Life member of AMVETS, member of Marine Corps League; chairman of the Veterans Service Organization Committee and Mayo River Hunting Club.

S.T. enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Leon Hairston

Leon Hairston, Funeral Attendant

Sheri Hale

Sheri Hale, Maintenance

Leroy Hairston

Leroy Hairston, Funeral Attendant

Joe Gravely

Joe Gravely, Aftercare/Grief Counselor

Bill Bingham

Bill Bingham, Funeral Attendant

Avery Neil Pressley

Avery Neil Pressley, Funeral Service Intern

Neil was born in western North Carolina, but now resides in Bassett, Virginia with his wife, Mary Sue and fur baby, Mia. He is a graduate of Biblical Ministries Institute and is the Senior Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship IPHC in Bassett. Neil serves as the lead for the Decedent Care Specialist team at Wright. Neil is dedicated and compassionate about serving others.

Johnny Johnson

Johnny Johnson, Funeral Attendant

Patricia Hughes Belton

Patricia Hughes Belton, Office Admin

Patricia is married to Ricky Belton. She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She has been in the funeral business for 16 years, and is secretary for the local Veteran's Service Organization (VSO) for our community. Loves gardening, reading, and her grandchildren.

Carolyn Preston

Carolyn Preston, Funeral Service Intern

Carolyn enjoys ministering to others through her gift of song. She is the mother of 3 boys and a loving grandmother.

Michael Gravely

Michael Gravely, Funeral Attendant

Michael enjoys sharing his kind and compassionate personality with the people that he serves. Michael is a deacon at Shiloh Way of the Cross Church of Christ.