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Obituaries in the News

May 1, 1999

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ James J. ``Jack″ Jessee, chief photographer of the Daytona Beach News-Journal for more than 45 years, died Thursday of cancer. He was 78.

He joined the News-Journal in 1946 as the newspaper’s first full-time photographer. He oversaw development of the photography and graphic arts departments through his retirement at the end of 1991.

Under his direction, the News-Journal became one of the first newspapers in the Southeast to publish full-color photographs, beginning in 1952.

Jessee covered auto races, visiting dignitaries and early rocket launches from Cape Canaveral.

In 1969, he and his staff used a carrier pigeon to rush film of the Apollo 11 launch to the paper for publication in its evening edition.

Jessee worked for the Johnson City Press-Chronicle while attending East Tennessee State University.

His photography career was interrupted by World War II. He joined the Air Force in 1942 and flew 35 missions as a B-17 bomber pilot, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Survivors include his wife Ruth, a son and three grandchildren.

Amos H. Lynch Jr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Amos H. Lynch Jr., who with his father published the Columbus Post, a weekly newspaper serving the black community, died Wednesday evening in his sleep at age 42.

Lynch Jr. and his father, Amos H. Lynch Sr., had worked together closely since the Post was founded in December 1996, but they shared newspaper experience that spanned 24 years.

Lynch Jr. started out as a newsboy for the Ohio Sentinel, then followed his father to the Call and Post, where the elder Lynch served as general manager. Also, the two later worked together at the Post, a separate newspaper.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, three stepchildren, a sister and a brother.

Sir Alf Ramsey

SUFFOLK, England (AP) _ Sir Alf Ramsey, who coached England’s soccer team to its only World Cup title, died this week after a long illness. He was 79.

Ramsey, known for his innovative tactics, was considered England’s most successful international manager. He coached the national team to a 4-2 overtime win over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley.

He was knighted in 1967 and remained England’s manager until 1974, when he was fired after his team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

As a player, Ramsey was regarded as a tenacious defender, playing 32 times for England’s national team, including three games as captain.

He played for Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before becoming Ipswich manager in 1955. He took over as England’s manager in 1963.

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