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John William Frye, III

John William Frye, III, American senior circuit judge. Bar: Florida 1958. Named One of 5 Outstanding Young Men of Florida Junior Chamber of C., 1964, Outstanding Young Man of Escambia County Junior Chamber of C., 1965, Pensacola Sports Association Hall of Fame, 1986.


  • III, John William Frye, was born on April 20, 1929 in Pensacola, Florida, United States. Son of John William, Junior and Louise Frances (Bennett) F.

  • Education

    • Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1957. Bachelor, University Florida, 1978. Graduate, National College for State Judiciary, 1967.

      Postgraduate, National College for State Judiciary, 1975.


    • Private practice, Pensacola, 1958-1967. States attorney 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1961-1967, circuit judge, 1967-1988, retired, active retired senior judge, 1988-1990, 92—. Counsel Escambia County Sheriff's Department, 1991-1992.

      Administrative judge Circuit Court Escambia County, 1976-1982. Administrative judge juvenile division Circuit Court, 1986-1988. Member evening faculty Pensacola Junior College, 1964.

      Member evening faculty Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, 1968-1970. Guest lecturer, adjunct professor University West Florida. Member faculty Florida Judicial College, 1980-1983.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1958.


    There is a large range of issues where Church should interact with politics in such areas as poverty and inequality, environmental issues, nuclear and chemical weapons and the harm caused by use of drugs and drinking.


    The Covenant is a big challenge to everybody. If God is committed to human race, anyone has to be prepared to accept that as reality and make a commitment in return.

    Denomination: Methodist


    It is important to experience God's grace working in the lives of people. Wisdom and maturity are gained from life experience, especially during the prayer and sharing stories with other Christians.


    Board member, area vice president Florida Arthritis Foundation, 1958-1967. Founder, organizer West Florida Arthritis Foundation, 1967. President West Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, 1966-1968.

    Member Florida Governor's Council on Criminal Justice, 1971-1975. Chairman Region I, Florida Governor's Commission on Criminal Justice, 1971-1974, Court Task Force, 1974. Faculty advisor National College State Judiciary, 1973.

    Member Florida Judicial College, 1980, 81. President Young Democratic Clubs of Florida, 1964-1965, Metropolitan Pensacola Young Men’s Christian Association, 1978, 79, Pensacola Rose Society, 1981. Secretary University of West Florida Foundation, 1988-1990.

    With United States Air Force, 1948-1952. Member Florida Bar, Escabmia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, Circuit Judges Conference of Florida, Pensacola Optimist Club (president 1990-1991), Florida Blue Key, Phi Alpha Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Elks.


    • Married Joyce K. Cerreto, March 1990.
    • father: John William F.
    • mother: Louise Frances (Bennett) F.
    • spouse: Joyce K. Cerreto
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    Born April 20, 1929