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Monty M. Wyche

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Monty Meares Wyche
Division A Judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court for Bossier and Webster parishes
In office
February 14, 1969 – 1988
Preceded byO. E. Price
Succeeded byDewey E. Burchett, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1926-12-04)December 4, 1926
Plain Dealing
Bossier Parish
Louisiana, USA
DiedJuly 28, 2014(2014-07-28) (aged 87)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish
Louisiana
Cause of deathBrief illness
Resting placePlain Dealing Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ann Wesson Wyche (married c. 1960-2014, his death)
RelationsJohn J. Doles, Sr. (uncle-by-marriage)
John J. Doles, Jr. (cousin)
ChildrenMartha Wyche Singletary
James W. Wyche
Timothy D. Wyche
ParentsJames Egbert Wyche
Helen Phillips Wyche
ResidenceBossier City, Louisiana
Alma materBenton High School

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Law Center
OccupationJudge; Attorney
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
United States Naval Reserve
RankCommander in the Naval Reserve
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War

Monty Meares Wyche (December 4, 1926 – July 28, 2014) was a judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court based in Benton. He served from 1969 to 1988 with jurisdiction in both Bossier and Webster parishes in the northwestern portion of his state.

Background[edit | edit source]

Wyche was born in Plain Dealing in northern Bossier Parish next to the Arkansas state line to James Egbert Wyche (1898-1976) and the former Helen Friend Phillips (1902-1974).[1]His paternal grandparents were John Hamiter Wyche (1871-1904) and the former Nancy Roberta Meares (1872-1973).[2] His aunt, Madge Wyche Doles (1901-1993), an insurance agent in Plain Dealing, was married to John J. Doles (1895-1970), who represented Bossier and Webster parishes in the Louisiana State Senate from 1952 to 1956 and also served on the influential Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors. His cousin, John J. Doles, Jr. (1923-2004), was an influential banker in Louisiana and a civic figure in Bossier Parish.[3][4]

Wyche graduated from Benton High School and attended LSU in Baton Rouge for a year prior to enlisting in the United States Army near the end of World War II. After his military commitment, he graduated from LSU and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1950[5] from the Louisiana State University Law Center. He returned to the Army for service in the Korean War. Thereafter, Wyche reached the rank of commander in the United States Naval Reserve.[6]

Legal career[edit | edit source]

Wyche practiced law in Bossier Parish and for a time was an assistant district attorney for the 26th Judicial District.[6] He was a law partner of State Representative Walter O. Bigby.[7]

A Democrat, Wyche was appointed effective February 14, 1969, by Governor John McKeithen as the judge of Division A of the 26th District upon the resignation of O. E. Price, who was elected to the Louisiana Circuit Court of Appeal for the Second District, based in Shreveport. Wyche was first elected to the district court the following year in 1970.[8] He never faced an opponent for the office. [6]Upon his retirement in 1988, Judge Wyche was succeeded by Dewey E. Burchett, Jr.[9] Thereafter, Wyche continued to hold temporary vacancies on the 1st and 26th district courts as well as the Circuit Court of Appeal for the Second District. Judge Wyche also served on the judicial councils of the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Law Institute.[6]

Personal life and death[edit | edit source]

Wyche was a member and elder of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bossier City. He was a member of the international legal honor society Phi Delta Phi, the social fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Retired Military Officers Association.[6]

Following services at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, his remains were interred at Plain Dealing Cemetery.[6]


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "O Through Z of the Plain Dealing Cemetery". oocities.org. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  2. "Helen Friend Phillips". records.ancestry.com. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  3. "Madge Wyche Doles". findagrave.com. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  4. "John Doles Dies at 75; Rites Today", The Shreveport Times, September 16, 1970, p. 8-A
  5. "Class of 1950". e-yearbook.com. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "Judge Monty Wyche". The Shreveport Times. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  7. "Benton Man Named to 26th District Judgeship", Minden Press-Herald, February 5, 1969, p. 1
  8. "Judges of Webster Parish", Respect for the Past: Webster Parish Centennial Book (1971)
  9. "Results for Election Date: 10/1/1988". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 31, 2014.

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Preceded by
O. E. Price
Division A Judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District (Bossier and Webster parishes)

Monty Meares Wyche
1969–1988

Succeeded by
Dewey E. Burchett, Jr.


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