She was educated in the Bessemer School System and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1945. Helease continued her education at Lawson State Community College where she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked for over 40 years in the nursing profession.
Helease confessed hope in Christ and joined First Baptist Church Ninth Street. In her early years, she was active in church and was a Sunday School Teacher. She loved the Lord until her dying days.
Helease was preceded in death by her brothers Willie Wright and John Arthur Wright, daughter Sheralon Gillespie and grandson Michael DeWayne Lewis.
Helease leaves to cherish her precious memories her daughters: Sharon (Franklin) Simon, Shelia Wright Weeks, Gloria Harris Snow and Sheryl Harris Lewis; sons: Homer (Sherron) Gillespie and Jimmy Harris; granddaughters: Marva Weeks, Erin (Kourtney) Sims Gillespie, Jamie Lewis and Ashia Gillespie; grandsons: Franklin Simon, Derrick (LaWanna) Weeks, Mattheas (Jameria) Simon, Eric Gillespie, Brandon Gillespie and Corey Snow; niece: Prentez Wright Johnson; nephews: Marion (Judy) Wright, Will (Janet) Wright; Larry Wayne Stokes, who she loved like a son; Patricia Harris, who she loved like a daughter; and a host of great grands, cousins and friends.