Details of the funeral arrangements for Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph E. Tyson were announced late Tuesday by two of his colleagues on the federal bench.
Tyson, the first black federal judge in Baton Rouge, died Monday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 63.
A wake will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government St., said U.S. District Judges James J. Brady and Brian A. Jackson.
The judges added that funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd.
Interment then will take place at Southern Memorial Gardens, 3012 Blount Road, Jackson and Brady said.
“This was a man so well-liked and respected,” Jackson said. “We have had an overwhelming response to his passing from federal judges throughout the United States.”
“Judge Tyson will be sorely missed … by our entire court family,” Brady added. “I couldn’t have asked for a better friend and colleague.”
Jackson said the Tyson family has established the Ralph E. Tyson Memorial Scholarship at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. The judge said donations earmarked for that scholarship can be made through the LSU Foundation.