Councilwoman Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright remembered; community leaders share memories
UPDATE: Visitation for Councilwoman Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright is Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at McCabe-Roberts United Methodist Church.
The funeral follows visitation at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gift of Life or American Sickle Cell Anemia Association.
Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel is overseeing the arrangements.
PREVIOUS: City Councilwoman Gethrel Williams-Wright, 78, passed in her sleep overnight at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.
Wright was a prominent voice throughout the community, and was first elected to city council in 2007. Wright also has been elected as Mayor Pro-Tem ,two times during her tenure. Those close to her describe her as passionate and cared about her community.
"She'll be missed by the citizens of Beaumont truly because I can't say enough about how strongly she felt about her public service and she always tried to do the right thing," Mayor Becky Ames said. "
Wright was a advocate for safety, health, and the well-being of citizens. Wright was the leader in improving public transit for the elderly and handicapped.
"She was a pioneer, Get was a pioneer... she always stood her ground," Councilman Audwin Samuel said.
Wright was a native of Beaumont, and leaves behind five children and four grandchildren.
The Family of Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright has sent us this statement:
It saddens us to announce the death of our beloved mother, Gethrel Williams-Wright. She died of complications of cancer on Sunday, February 18, 2018. We are relieved that her passing was peaceful and painless. A memorial celebrating the life of Gethrel Williams-Wright will be announced at a later date once arrangements have been finalized. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to "Gift of Life of Beaumont and the Sickle Cell Association," causes dear to her heart. We thank you for all your prayers and support during this difficult time.
Beaumont City Council woman Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright has died, according to another city council member.
We're told Williams-Wright died in her sleep overnight at CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth.
"It's a great loss to the citizens of Beaumont," says Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham.
According to the City of Beaumont, Williams-Wright "was first elected to Council in May of 2007, and has been elected as Mayor Pro-Tem by her Council colleagues two times during her tenure on City Council. Councilwoman Williams-Wright is an active member of the Texas Municipal League, National League of Cities, District 16 President, National Black Caucus-League of Elected Officials, and the National Democratic Municipal Officials."
Read more about her here.
Mayor Becky Ames released this statement to KFDM:
Get and I developed a strong working relationship over the last ten plus years that turned into a close personal friendship. We might not have always agreed on everything but we were able to move on to the next issue without allowing that to harm the personal relationship we had developed. Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen in politics. I trusted Get. She was a good friend to me on the City Council. We had a mutual respect for each other. It’s a sad day for Beaumont. Get truly cared about the people she served. I will greatly miss her. Beaumont will miss her. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her family and the many people that loved her. God bless her, may she Rest In Peace.
Beaumont city council members are also paying their respects to Williams-Wright.
"My condolences to the family of council member Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright on her passing," says Councilman Mike Getz. "We were on opposite ends of the political spectrum but she was a good person and will be missed."