*More than 4000 mourners attended the funeral of gospel singer Reverend Timothy Wright on Monday, held at the Pilgrim Renaissance Cathedral in Brooklyn.
Known as the “Godfather of Gospel Music,” Rev. Timothy Wright died last week, 10 months after a car accident that killed his wife and grandson. He had been the lone survivor of a head-on collision with a drunk driver that claimed the lives of his 14-year-old grandson, D.J., and his wife Betty.
Rev. Timothy Wright’s five sons attended the funeral, according to WCBS-TV. Also among the mourners was Reverend Al Sharpton, who recalled how Betty Wright would try to get her husband to make time for himself.
“Every once in a while, Betty would call me and say, ‘Call your friend and tell him to slow down,’” Sharpton said. “I would call him and say, ‘Man you need to slow down,’ and he’d say, ‘Betty called you again.’ He’d say, ‘look who’s talking.’”
“He’s been nominated for Grammy awards, he won gospel music awards and he’s traveled, subsequently, all around the world,” friend Will Bogle says. “But he was always available for anyone who called him – anybody.”
For the last 10 months, Rev. Wright has been paralyzed from the neck down. In October he told CBS 2 that he held no malice towards the drunk driver, but missed the childhood sweetheart he’d married 37 years ago.
“I really miss her so very much, and I didn’t lose her, because I know where she is,” Wright said. “She’s in the arms of the Lord.”
The Reverend Timothy Wright was buried at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale, beside his wife and grandson.