Rev. Timothy Wright’s church remembers his legacy
The church where the late Rev. Timothy Wright was pastor remembered him Sunday in a tribute ceremony. Known as the “Godfather of Gospel Music,” Wright died last week. He was 61.
Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., sang “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” and other songs the Grammy-nominated artist made popular during his lengthy career. The “Jesus” song, written by his wife, Betty Wright, was one of his most popular songs in recent years.
One church member called Wright a “minister of music.”
In July 2008, Wright was critically injured in a car crash that killed his wife and grandson.
He was a great father, pastor and leader,” said Wright’s son David. “His legacy is his songs. Church choirs will be singing his songs for years to come.”
Wright, 61, died Thursday from lingering injuries suffered in a car crash last July 4 that killed his wife, Betty, and their 14-year-old grandson, D.J.
The founder of Grace Tabernacle’s spinal cord was severed, his jaw and ribs broken and both legs fractured in the crash.
While he regained his ability to speak, he could not overcome his injuries.
“He was a humanitarian, a very compassionate man,” said parishioner Ray Antoine, 60, noting that Wright once donated proceeds from a performancetothe victims of Hurricane Katrina.