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Frederick Browning Wyly - Madison Parish, Louisiana


From Monroe News-Star, August 26, 2013


Frederick Browning Wyly, Republican, farmer, raconteur, and larger than life force, died on August 22, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia, following complications from surgery. He is survived by his sister Myrtis Wyly, his brother James G. "Bubba" Wyly III and wife Teri, his niece Katherine Wyly, nephews James Grady Wyly IV and William Connor Wyly. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Frances and James G. Wyly, Jr.


"Fred" Wyly was born May 12, 1943, reared on Neely Plantation and was a life-long resident of Tallulah. He graduated from Tallulah High School in 1961 and from Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana-Monroe) with a major in Speech and minor in Journalism. During his college days, Fred was a member and officer of Kappa Alpha Order, a member of Alpha Psi Omega, an honorary drama fraternity, Alpha Chi Alpha, an honorary journalism fraternity, and an editor of the school paper, the Pow Wow. He was a frequent actor in university productions, expanding his uncanny skill to entertain others. Fred was described by all who knew him as the consummate Southern gentleman with the courtly manners representative of a bygone era.


A gentleman first and farmer second, he perpetually traveled about town with a story in his pocket. Fred's presence was magnetic, his gift for telling stories infamous. He was widely known as the life of any party; those drawn in typically became lifelong friends. Fred's zest for life included an abiding respect for nature's beauty and a genuine interest in others. The carefully manicured spacious acres around his home are a testimony to his passion for gardening. For many years he kept an extensive aviary of swans, ostriches, peacocks of every variety, exotic breeds of chickens and a gaggle of noisy geese he called the "Tallulah gossips." Many area young adults today fondly remember being delightfully entertained on elementary school field trips to "Uncle Fred's." Fred's concern for others led him to active involvement and leadership in many civic organizations from the local to the national levels. He took great pride in building the Madison Republican Party membership and was the parish party chairman for over thirty years. He was a long-time member of the Republican State Central Committee and a delegate to Republican National Conventions from the 1980's until very recently. He was instrumental in town and parish affairs serving as a member of the Madison Port Commission, The Board of Election Supervisors, the Madison Parish Library Board, the Madison Parish Louisiana Technical College Board, and numerous other community endeavors.


Fred leaves behind long-time close friends Dale and Louise Magoun and countless others who deeply mourn his passing but will cherish a wealth of memories of the adventures he could conjure up even from the most ordinary pastimes. His stories will live forever in the hearts of generations of family and friends and he will not be forgotten. "The song is ended, but the melody lingers onů.


Visitation will be held Monday, August 26, from 6:00P.M. to 8:00 P.M at Crothers- Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Tallulah. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.