Jesse Caffee

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Daily Press
August 30, 1968

J. HUGH CAFFEE, 90, SUCCUMBS AT HOME

J. Hugh Caffee, 90, of 1600 Chesapeake Avenue, Hampton, a widely known business man and civic leader, died at his home on Thursday following a long illness.

His father, Jesse Caffee, established the Caffee Funeral Home in Newport News in 1891 and J. Hugh Caffee began his association with the business in 1896. He retired in 1965 when he and his son, F. Maynard Caffee, sold the business to Mr. and Mrs. M. Scott Jennell.

The firm name was changed to Jennell Funeral Home early this month.

J. Hugh Caffee was born in what is now Virginia Beach, then Princess Anne Court House on December 5, 1877.

He attended the former Newport News Military Academy and served his apprenticeship as a mortician with Martin Fahey in Baltimore. He graduated from the Reynold College of Embalming.

His late wife, Mrs. Sarah Virginia Maynard Caffee, was a native of Benn’s Church. They were married in 1898.

His civic activities were numerous.

He managed the Newport News baseball team in 1916-1917. The team won the Virginia Pennant.

He was chairman of the Yorktown Sesquicentennial Tournament Committee in 1932.

He was master of hounds of the Tidewater Fox Hunters Association. A lifetime interest in sports found him most interested in hunting and riding. As a hobby, he had become a competent harness racing driver.

He served on Newport News City Council from 1924 to 1932. He served on the board of review of real estate assessments for the city.

He became a member of Peninsula Lodge 278, AF&AM in 1907 and was deacon of the First Baptist Church of Newport News. He was a member of Lodge 92 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The first Caffee Funeral Home was in the 3100 block of Washington Avenue. The second was at 33rd Street and Huntington Avenue. The fourth facility at 3101 West Avenue, is that of the Jennell Funeral Home.

Survivors include the son, F. Maynard Caffee of Hampton; a granddaughter, Mrs. Raymond K. Brown of Eastville, and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Greenlawn Cemetery by Dr. Bruce H. Price, pastor of First Baptist Church of Newport News, assisted by Dr. Paul K. Buckles.

The body is at the Jennell Funeral Home.

The family has requested expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a favorite charity.