Tyrone DuBois Julian Gresham, 85, of Richmond, departed this life on Saturday, September 16, 2023. His father and mother Thomas and Ruth Gresham preceded him in death, and his brothers, Thomas, Wellington, Brandon, Guerman, Kermit, Roderick, Fredrick Gresham, and sister, Joan Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Gresham; one son, Kenneth Gresham (Maggie); three daughters, Katherine Taylor, Kassandra, and Kimberly Gresham; five grandchildren, Tiffany Taylor, Kenneth II. (Rikki), Michael and Matthew Gresham, Marrell Capers; one great-granddaughter, Charleigh Gresham; one aunt, Vernell Gresham; and a host of nieces and nephews, including three devoted nieces, Tajuana and Lawana Simpson, Karen Gresham. A devoted caretaker, Keisha Lyles; godson, Juan Braxton Sr.; sisters-in-law, Margaret, Catherine, Betty Gresham, Florence Edgerton, Arvilla Jacks, Blanche Lewis, and other relatives and friends. A viewing will be held at Trinity Baptist Church on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 12:00 noon and services will be held at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memory Gardens in Glen Allen.
Tyrone was the seventh child of nine children. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age at Trinity Baptist Church under the pastorship of the late Reverend King David Turner. Tyrone served as Vice-President of the Male Usher Board and the Hospitality Ministry for many years.
Tyrone was a graduate of Maggie L. Walker H.S., class of 1956 where he was elected class Treasurer and played basketball. He attended Kittrell Junior College, in Kittrell, North Carolina where he played basketball and studied History. After one year of college, he married Gloria Gresham in 1958 and moved to Chicago where he worked for the United States Postal Service. Upon returning to Richmond he worked the same job in Richmond and Gloria became the first African-American buyer at Miller & Rhoads Department Store. After retiring from the Post Office, Tyrone worked at Waller & Company Jewelers for many years.
Tyrone enjoyed coaching many kids at Kanawha Chiefs football club, track with the Westend Striders. He continued to play basketball, baseball, and softball for many years. Tyrone was known as a storyteller and loved to tease, laugh, and debate all of the world’s problems. He was a member of the 533 Social Club where he enjoyed the camaraderie with his friends.
After battling Alzheimer’s, for two years, he offered his soul to the Most High on September 16, 2023.