The Rev. Andrew D. Wicketts, 83, assistant minister of the John Wesley AME Zion Church in Washington and a former federal employe, died of cancer Saturday at Georgetown Univeristy Hospital.

Rev. Wicketts, who had lived in Washington since 1929, was assistant pastor at John Wesley for about 10 before his death. He also was a founder of the Senior Citizens Assembly for Bible Research and Study in Washington.

He was a government employe for many of his years in this city and retired as an aide with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1964. During his government career he had been active in a number of unions with a view to improving opportunities for blacks.

After his retirement, he assisted senior citizens with housing and other problems, including food stamps and dental care.

Rev. Wicketts was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., and graduated from Shorter College. He later studied law at Northwestern University. He operated a tailor shop in New York before moving here. He attended the Howard University School of Religion.

His first wife and his only child died.

Survivors include his wife, Rhoda, of Washington; two stepdaughters, Marguerite Richardson of Chicago and Henrietta Terrell of Washington; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.