Former Urban League Chairman Dies; He Also Was a Longtime Duval County School Teacher and a Leader in Civic Organizations

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Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union

Frank Priestly, a retired school teacher and civic leader who was chairman of the Jacksonville Urban League in the 1970s, died of complications of cancer Monday in a local hospital. He was 76.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Historic Mount Zion AME Church, 201 E. Beaver St., followed by burial in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Alphonso West Mortuary, 4409 Soutel Drive.

A native of Jacksonville, Mr. Priestly was educated in the local public schools before earning a bachelor's degree in biology from Virginia Union University. He received a master's degree in education from Florida A&M University and taught junior high school science in the Duval County public schools for 38 years before retiring from the faculty of Arlington Junior High School in 1990.

In retirement, Mr. Priestly devoted his time to his church, Historic Mount Zion AME, his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, and civic groups, including the NAACP, where he served on the executive and education committees for a number of years. …