James W. Wright Jr., who taught in the Baltimore school system's vocational schools for about 10 years, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of a respiratory illness.
Services for Mr. Wright, who was 66 and lived on Willow Avenue, were being held today at Cookley's Community Baptist Church, 1208 Walnut Ave.
Since September, he taught science at the Harford Institute after teaching courses in electronics at the Westside Skills Center.
Before becoming a teacher, he worked for the State Highway Administration and earlier for Martin Marietta Corp. after being transferred to the Baltimore area while working for the Radio Division of Bendix Corp.
During World War II, Mr. Wright served in the Army.
He also served at various times as a professional organist for several churches, including the Cookley's Community Baptist Church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the First Baptist Church of Elkridge, the Bibleway of Elkridge and the Faith Deliverance Revival Center.
He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Ferguson; five sons, Anthony, David, Victor, Mitchell and Julius Wright; two daughters, Charlene and Muriel Wright; and many grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.