Married: Lt. Col. (Ret.) Clinton Wright 2004-2010 (Widowed)
Married: Cornelius Darius Williams, Sr., 1964-1993 (Widowed)
Gethrel Ardean Williams
Cornelius Darius Williams, Jr. (Marcia)
Burley Scott Williams (Patricia)
Lydia Elizabeth Williams
Cornelette Darei Howelton (Marcus)
McCabe Roberts Avenue United Methodist Church
Positions held: Lay Leader, Lay Speaker, Communion Steward, Choir Member
United States Postal Service 33 Years (1958-1992) – Retired
Postal Systems Auditor
204-B Mail Carrier Supervisor
Employee Assistant Program Member
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
President, Beaumont SCA Local
Legislative Director, Postal Workers Union, (TPWU)
President, Clerk-Craft Texas, (TPWU)
Assis’t Dir. Post Office Women for Equal Rights (POWER) Southern Region
Arbitration Advocate, Southern Region
National Elections Verification
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Charlton-Pollard High School
Lamar State College of Technology
Texas Southern University
Atlanta Professional Institute
Antioch University, George Meany Campus
John Gray Institute
National Women of Achievement
Top Ladies of Distinction
Beaumont Professional Women
Community Assistant Program
Pear Orchard Neighborhood Association
Our Mother of Mercy Senior Citizen Association
Greater Good Hope Senior Citizen Association
Jazzy Seniors Association
Founder, National Alliance of Public Employees
Participant Bens Kids
Beaumont City Councilwoman Gethrel Williams-Wright has always been an advocate of promoting causes for the betterment and welfare of the communities in as well as the city as a whole.
Early in her youth she fought for fairness and justice in schools, the workplace and the city. She describes herself as a “Home Grown Tomato”; a native of Beaumont and a proud graduate of Charlton-Pollard High School.
Councilwoman Williams-Wright is a solution-oriented individual, a servant leader and an outspoken advocate for underserved residents and communities. She fully understands a city and its citizens are only as strong as its weakest link.
The distinct advantage of serving as “At-Large” is she gets to know and understand all problems and progresses in each Ward and how to address their concerns. It also provides positive interaction with each Ward Councilmember on addressing infrastructure concerns to the benefit of all communities. This also helps ensure that community residents of all economic circumstances benefit from the developments occurring in the newer and economically advantaged sections of our city.
Councilwoman Williams-Wright has a deep, caring concern for the safety, health and wellbeing of all citizens. The Police and Firefighters are on the forefront of these endeavors and the city should honor them with a fair and decent negotiated contract. However, all employees are the cogs that make the wheels turn. She advocates for less work contracted out and to pay the employees a fair day’s wages and benefits for a fair day’s work. This would increase the morale of all the workers and increase the bottom line economy of the city.
Councilwoman 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.
Councilwoman Williams-Wright, having served as the State Legislative Director for the Texas State Postal Workers Union, brings to city government a working knowledge and understanding policies adopted in Washington, D.C. directly affect the ability of local elected officials to effectively govern at home.
Councilwoman Williams-Wright and late husband Cornelius D. Williams are the proud parents of five lovely children, three daughters and two sons; one grandson and three granddaughters.