Mrs Phyllis Ann Wright


Phyllis Ann Wright was born to Fred Eugene and Grace Leticia Lowery in Columbus, Ohio on April 17, 1933. They lived on the Hilltop, a quiet neighborhood on the Columbus West Side. She attended public schools in Columbus, graduating from West High School as an honor student.

Phyllis married George (Bill) Addison, who was serving in the military as a First Lieutenant. They were blessed with daughter Jacqueline, born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and son Howard, born in Stuttgart, Germany.

Phyllis met Lucien (Bus) Wright following his acceptance as Choir Master at St. Phillip Episcopal Church. As a current member of the choir, she and Bus married and were blessed with son Lucien ll, and daughter Lauren.

Phyllis’ professional career started at the Ohio State University as a surgical technician. Following Lucien ll’s and Lauren’s births, she was employed by the CBS affiliate, WBNS-TV. While there she was promoted to head the department responsible for all the information needed on the sequences of broadcasting events from sign on to sign off after just two years, holding one of the highest positions of any woman in local television in Ohio at the time. This experience in the data processing area qualified her for the position at the IBM Corporation where she became an analyst and manager. She was a former member of Lambda Zeta Chi Sorority, Jack and Jill and the Northeasterners. Her career took her to Hillsborough, North Carolina, where she made her second home.

Phyllis loved playing the piano and singing. She was in several choirs, a musical while in Germany, and loved singing along with her favorite recording artist while watching concerts. She loved traveling and spending time with her sister Shirley. She loved completing crossword puzzles. She spent several years participating in the customized construction of her home. She was an avid OSU Marching Band fan. Marching her own Script Ohio in her living room before every football game.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her brother, Fred Jr., nicknamed Scanny (Ruth); sister, Marcia (Rudy) Cross; brother, Michael and son Howard (Herline).

Phyllis is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Flemming; son, Lucien ll (Yusuf) (Ibtehaj); daughter, Lauren (Bryant) Williams; sister, Shirley McNeal; grandchildren, Aminah (Daniel ) Phillips, Grace (Darrell) Hunter, Samantha Davis, Antonio (Stacie) Addison, Charlescia Addison, Darrien Flemming, Soleil Flemming, Lucien Wright lll, Mariah Addison, Travis Williams and Maleka Cornelius; great-grandchildren,  Caileigh Phillips, Carter Phillips, Claire Phillips, Darrell Hunter lll, Gavin Hunter, Blair Hunter, Constance Joy Hunter, Dylan Addison, Ismail Cornelius, David Cornelius and Nadir Cross; nieces, Antoinette Belhu, Stephanie Cross, Karen Cross and Erika McNeal. She will also be missed by extended family members and friends as well as her caregivers, the Fields Family, especially Amy and Kathy who loved her dearly.

Phyllis was proud of her professional career accomplishments, however, above all she took pride in her family and wished to be remembered most for her love of them, putting them first and foremost in her life.

Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Monday, November 29, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Lucien Wright and Family , I’m thinking of you during this difficult time.

  2. Thank you Jackie for all you have done. This is a sad and happy time. I hope you got the flowers. love you!

  3. R.I.P. Aunt Phyllis. I will always love you

  4. Jenner Barrington-Ward

    Dee Dee, Jackie & Yusuf, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Peace & Love to you all.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Truly sorry for your loss.

  6. Dee Dee, Jackie & Yusuf condolences from the depths of my heart. I remember Aunt Phyllis with nothing but a big smile on my face and in my heart. May the Lord bless you all and keep her memory deep in your heart.

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