Myron Lee Yancey Sr., a longtime federal government employee and local radio disc jockey, died Thursday (Nov. 21, 2002) in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 57.
A lifelong resident of Buffalo, he had polio as a child and lost one arm to the disease.
He overcame his disability, however, and became a longtime volunteer for the Special Olympics.
He was educated in the Buffalo Public Schools and earned an associate's degree in paralegal studies from Erie Community College. Over the years, he worked as a federal contract compliance officer and as a building inspector for the City of Buffalo.
He also worked as a DJ and broadcaster for WBNY at Buffalo State College, WUFO and WBLK, where he got his first live broadcasting assignment, covering the Attica prison uprising.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Lonnice Vereen; three sons, Myron L. Jr., Lamont E. Sr. and Alonzo M. Sr., all of Buffalo; three daughters, Annietha M. Yancey-Haslom of Morrow, Ga., and Talina Z. Middlebrooks and Lisa R., both of Buffalo; his mother, Betty J. Yancey-Smith of Buffalo; three sisters, Beverly Smith, Danetta McCloud and Lynette Jennings, all of Buffalo; and three brothers, John, Richard Sr. and Wesley, all of Buffalo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Gospel Temple Church of God, 143 Beard Ave.