Maytha Luberta Wright, 95, Baptist minister and world traveler

Wright: Front-porch minister
Wright: Front-porch minister
Posted: February 07, 2014

MANY PEOPLE would have been happy with just a piece of Maytha Luberta Wright's work history.

She was a well-known expert on color techniques for black women's hair, a restaurant hostess, a curriculum developer for a job program, operator of a security system for businesses, host of a religious radio program, world traveler and a dedicated minister teaching the Bible and preaching the word of the Lord.

If that wasn't enough, she also raised two children and had grandchildren and great-grandchildren as a devoted family matriarch.

Maytha Wright, whose many honors over the years included recognition by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, died Jan. 18. She was 95 and lived in Mount Airy.

So anxious was Maytha Wright to spread her faith that for a time, she ran a front porch ministry at her home on Sedgwick Street where she "introduced hundreds of school-age children to the Lord," her family said.

She and her daughter, Barbara, toured the Holy Land, where they happily crossed the Sea of Galilee, upon whose waters Jesus was said to have walked and where he gathered four fishermen as his disciples.

After graduating from Deliverance Bible Institute in 1999, she was licensed to preach by her late brother, the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Ritter, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church.

The former Maytha Ritter was born to David Burnett Ritter and Ruby Anderson Ritter on Jan. 8, 1919, in Allendale, S.C.

The family later moved to York, Pa., where Maytha was baptized in the Bethlehem Baptist Church. In 1936, she married the late William H. Ransom Sr., and they moved to Coatesville in 1943.

Maytha attended the Apex Beauty School and began a career as a cosmetologist. She specialized in hair coloring for African-American women and her techniques were exhibited nationally by Ozone Hair Color, a division of Clairol.

She was selected to head a special Black Women's Hair Color Project for Clairol in 1960.

After moving to Philadelphia in 1963, she became a hostess at a Stouffer's Restaurant, the first black woman hired for that position.

In 1964, Maytha joined the Rev. Leon Sullivan's storied Opportunities Industrialization Center, which became an international job-training program for underprivileged youth. She developed the curriculum for the OIC feeder program in personal development.

In 1965, she was the host of "Doers of the Word," a WFIL-FM religious program aimed at men.

In the 1970s, Maytha and her second husband, the late George Wright, co-owned G&M Security, providing security for area businesses.

Maytha joined Second Macedonia Baptist Church, under the pastorship of her brother, in 1964. She was active in numerous ministries and functions of the church. Ritter died in 2009.

Just last month, her brother's successor, the Rev. Harold R. Jolley, gave Maytha an assignment as associate minister of pastoral prayer support.

Besides her daughter, Barbara Mines Barron, she is survived by a son, William H. Ransom Jr.; a sister, Mary Ritter Gibbs; a brother, David Ritter; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Second Macedonia Baptist Church, 1301 W. Ruscomb St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Chelten Hills Cemetery.

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