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Alyene Cornelia Gelzer Wright, 102, of Summerville and formerly of James Island, widow of Thomas Johnson “T. J.” Wright, Jr., died Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the Presbyterian Home of South Carolina in Summerville.

wright_-_alyene_150_x_166Mrs. Wright was born in New Hope, South Carolina. She was a daughter of the late George Edward Gelzer and the late Caroline Eliza Harvey Gelzer. Mrs. Wright was a charter member of Ashley River Baptist Church, Pinecrest Baptist Church, and Fort Johnson Baptist Church, where she served in various offices in each of these churches. She was a member of Harborview Presbyterian Church, Order of Easter Star – Azalea Chapter 192, where she was former Worthy Matron, the Fort Johnson Civic Club and the Fort Johnson Garden Club. She had been a resident of The Village of Summerville for the past twelve years. Mrs. Wright was also an accomplished seamstress, who made many beautiful items for her family and friends. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, who adored her family.

Mrs. Wright is survived by a son, Thomas Johnson Wright III and his wife, Peggy, of Dorchester; three daughters, DeWees Keller and her husband, Buddy, of Cameron, Mary DeWitt of Summerville, and Becky Linnville of James Island; two sisters, Mary Glenn Rhodes of Folly Beach and Helen Robbins of Charleston; twelve grandchildren, twenty two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o'clock Thursday evening, September 1, 2016, at James A. McAlister Funeral Home – 1620 Savannah Highway in Charleston.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o'clock Friday morning, September 2, 2016, in the chapel of James A. McAlister Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Cathy Jenkins, Lisa DeGrow, William Adam “Bill” Keller IV, Bartow “Bart” Keller, Walter Linnville, and Thomas J. “Tom” Wright IV.

Memorials may be made to South Carolina Presbyterian Retirement Communities Foundation – 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia, South Carolina, 29210-5009.

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