Anthony Kevin Wyche
Published 10:08 am Thursday, December 30, 2021
SEDLEY – Anthony Kevin Wyche was born in Southampton County on July 6, 1965, to Moses and Ella (Hicks) Wyche. He was born in the neighborhood known to most as “The Quarters.” He gained his heavenly wings on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.
Anthony gave his life to the Lord at an early age while attending Mars Hill Baptist Church in Capron, VA. He learned the power of prayer at the age of nine when he suffered a brain aneurysm in January 1975. Being told he would never play any contact sports; he played many sports and became a good athlete. For several years he accepted the request of his neurosurgeon to speak and be a witness to other patients who had survived a brain aneurysm.
Anthony attended Southampton County Public Schools. He loved his school, The Southampton High School Indians – The Big Red Machine. He served as the class president for many years and received numerous scholastic achievements. He participated in sports: football, basketball, wrestling and track. Encouraged by his mentor, the late John Perry, his days of transportation began as a student bus driver at Southampton High School. Anthony occasionally ran the transportation department in Mr. Perry’s absence. He maintained his career in transportation and warehouse operations for over 30 years. Anthony was currently employed as a tractor trailer driver for the United States Postal Service, Norfolk P&DC. He was proud of his plus five (+5) driving record! His former employers were: J.T. Barham & Co, Engram Funeral Home, Southampton County Schools, Beale’s Meat Packing Company, Mitchell’s Supermarket, International Paper (formerly Union Camp), Deerfield Correctional Center, Reico Trucking, Cox Cable, Northrop Grumman, Fed Ex, Lowes, Branscome, and the City of Hampton. Anthony lived by his motto, “Work smart, not hard.”
Anthony, affectionately known as Ant, Coach, Easy and Uncle Anthony was a kind and compassionate man, but don’t make him angry (Lol). Anthony was an avid reader and there were few topics he had not read or explored. He was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan and he spent much time in his mancave watching sports, listening to music and DJ’ing. He was introduced to car racing at the age of five and enjoyed attending any quarter-mile event. His all-time favorite TV series “A Man Called Hawk” started his love for BMW’s. He also enjoyed racing and riding his motorcycle and attending car shows.
Anthony attended Healing Chapel Baptist Church in Suffolk. He was affiliated with the Freemasonry Fraternity, the Shriners Fraternity and a former member of the Friendly Riders and Cobra One Motorcycle Club. He was currently serving as the vice president for the Virginia Finest Motorcycle Club. Anthony was known by many. He was fun-loving, full of humor, big trash-talker who enjoyed making people laugh. Additionally, the well-groomed Anthony took immense pride in his appearance – always looking good and smelling good.
Anthony was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Mrs. Ella Wyche. His paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Eunice Wyche; his maternal grandmother, Ms. Aretha “ReRe” Hicks; his father and mother-in-law, James H. and Evelyn M. Jenkins.
Those who have been touched by his love he leaves to cherish his memories include his devoted wife of 15 years, Alice M. Jenkins Wyche; his children: Anthony Wyche II, Faith Wyche, Tawanna Turner, Erica Lewter, Octavius “O.J.” Joyner; six grandchildren: Quadre, Jordyn, QuaTrez, Jakhia, Asia and Jaslyn; his father, Moses Wyche (Cynthia); his siblings, Gwendolyn Hicks, Jacqueline Wyche, Lorita Stokes (Ervin), M. Darnell Wyche and Howard Darden (Twianna); goddaughter, Katrice Everett; godson, Dustin Joyner; a special cousin, Raymond Gilliam; brothers-in-law, Leroy Jenkins (Vernie), Charles Jenkins (Hope), David Jenkins (Thelma) and Raymond Jenkins (Teresa); sisters-in-law, Gloria Jenkins, Evelyn Barnes (Gerald), Brenda Jenkins and Shelia Jenkins; a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 at White Oak Spring Baptist Church, 26125 Delaware Road in Franklin with Minister Morris Almond delivering the message of comfort. Pastor Melvin Wofford, Pastor.
Interment will be at Capron Cemetery. A wake service will be held on Friday, Dec. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Engram Funeral Home.