J. Frank Wyche

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Daily Press
August 19, 2001


J. Frank Wyche, 89, died on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1911, to the late William A. and Lucy Newsome Wyche. He was a native and lifelong resident of Hampton. Mr. Wyche retired as the first African-American magistrate for the city of Hampton and also retired as a supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service in Hampton.

Mr. Wyche was a 60-year-plus member of First Baptist Church of Hampton, having served as a trustee, a member of the Christian Fellowship Choir and the Senior Choir and had received the Saints Salute Award. He also was a member of the selection committee and the installation committee for the current minister.

Mr. Wyche was a charter member of the Beau Brummell Civic and Social Club, a founding member of the nationally renowned Crusaders Male Chorus, and a very active member of the Hampton University Boosters Club.

He had attended Hampton University.

Preceded in death by his wife, Alice J. Wyche, and several brothers and sisters, he leaves to cherish his memory his son, Frank L. Wyche of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Cynthia Biekert of St. Louis, Mo., Steven Wyche and his wife, DeAnn, of Centreville, Va., and Anthony Wyche of Washington, D.C.; three great- grandchildren, Bruce, Roman and Jeremy Wyche, all of Centreville, Va.; one sister, Alma Coleman of Hampton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at noon Monday at First Baptist Church of Hampton. Entombment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens. Mr. Wyche will be placed in the church by 10 a.m. Monday. Family and friends will assemble by 11 a.m. Monday at 11 Gayle Street for the procession to the church. Viewing for Mr. Wyche will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ronald C. Perkins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 229 N. King Street, Hampton, VA 23669.

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