Dick Washington

Funeral services for Dick Washington, colored chef of Norfolk and credited by some with being the original Cream of Wheat man were held at 2:30 Monday afternoon at Wolt’s Funeral Home, Pastor Lillie Hayes presiding.  Pallbearers were: Louis Harvey, Bert King, Robert Dean, Jordan Blakely, Henry Jones and Richard Bentley.

Mr. Washington died Thursday afternoon in a local hospital where he was taken when diabetes with which he had suffered became severe.  Although for many years a cook, he was employed in the Hullinger Barber shop prior to death.  He had made Norfolk his home for thirty-five years coming here from Iowa.  One daughter, Mrs. Birbie White of Burlington, Ia., survives and was present at the funeral.  Source:  The Norfolk Daily News, Wednesday, March 16, 1927, page 2.