Gaston Lavelle Dyess 1924-2008

Gaston Lavelle Dyess, 83, died Monday, June 16, 2008, at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon. Funeral services are 2:00pm today at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl with burial in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
Mr. Dyess was a member of First Baptist Church of Richland and retired from Laborer’s Local No. 145.
He was Past Master of Tyrian Lodge No. 427, Brandon, a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and Shrine.
He was preceded in death by his son, Randy Dyess and grandson, Harris Richard Dyess, Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Betty Dyess of Richland; children, Harris Richard Dyess of Pearl, Michael Dyess (Pam) of Titusville, FL, Joan Lanell Dyess of Marrero, LA, Pamela Bagwell (Eric) of Jackson, Cindy Fletcher (Mike) of Florence, Danny Graves of Brandon, Donna Rayner (Aaron) of Brandon and Keith Graves of Brandon; sisters, Christine Everett, Agnes Gilbert, Bobbie Stiglett, Martha Lemoine and Jean Lembeck; brothers Rev. Vance Harvey Dyess, Troy Dyess, Ralph Dyess and Harmon Allen Dyess; 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607-1460 or The Jackson-Pearl GIDEONS, P.O. Box 5973, Pearl, MS 39288-5973.
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 6/18/2008

Gaston Lavelle Dyess, son of Robert Gaston “Bob” Dyess and Hattie Mae Berry, born 8 Sep 1924 and 16 Jan 2008 – Lawrence Co., MS.

Harris Richard “Ricky” Dyess Jr. 1973-2003

WHARTON Graveside services for Harris R. Ricky Dyess Jr., 30, of 213 E. Sandusky, Wharton, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wharton Richland Union Cemetery, Wharton, the Rev. James Shrider officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky.

Mr. Dyess died of natural causes at 11:48 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2003 at Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper Sandusky.

Surviving are his father, Harris Sr. of Pearl, Miss.; his mother, Linda Dyess, Flowood, Miss.; his wife, Marsha Dyess, Wharton; a son, Harrison L., at home; and a brother, Derrick of Florence, Miss.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 246, Upper Sandusky, 43351.

Courier, The (Findlay, OH) – Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Harris Richard “Ricky” Dyess Jr., son of Harris Richard Dyess and Linda Sue Bailey, born 6 Mar 1973 – Jackson, MS and 29 Jun 2003 – Upper Sandusky, OH.

Nina Jo (Martin) Quattlebaum Dyess 1953-2016

Nina M. Dyess , 62, of Pearl, Mississippi died suddenly, Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Mrs. Dyess was born to the late James Albert Martin, Sr. (1912 – 1984) and Nannie Catherine Cleveland Martin (1915 – 1985) on October 30, 1953, in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

She graduated from Tri-County Academy in 1970. After graduation, she married Herman Thomas Quattlebaum, Jr. of Flora, Mississippi. They divorced in 1994. On October 16, 2010, she married Mr. Harris Richard Dyess.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother, James Albert Martin, Jr. (1936, Anding, Mississippi – 1993, Tahlequah, OK).

She is survived by her husband, Harris Richard Dyess of Pearl; step-son – Derrick Dyess of Florence; step-daughter-in-law – Corrie Dyess of Florence; daughter – Christy Lynn Vaccaro of Flora; son – Jeremy Thomas Quattlebaum of Florence; daughter-in-law – Jenny Patrice Hicks Quattlebaum of Florence; two granddaughters – Brittany Nicole Morrow of Decatur and Anna Marie Holst of Flora; grandson – Trace Martin Hicks Quattlebaum of Florence and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Sebrell Funeral Home, 425 Northpark Dr, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Memorial services will be held 2pm on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Sebrell Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, 610 Concord Church Rd, Yazoo City, MS 39194.

Sebrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nina Jo Martin, was the 2nd wife of Harris Richard Dyess, born 30 Oct 1953 – Yazoo, MS and passed 26 Oct 2016 – Jackson, MS.

Linda Sue (Bailey) Dyess White 1948-2016

Linda Sue Dyess White, 68, passed from this life Sunday, September 11, 2016, while surrounded by her husband, family, and friends at home.

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00pm, today, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services are 10:00am, Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in the funeral home chapel with interment in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

Linda was born Thursday, August 12, 1948, in Jackson, a daughter of the late, James and Katherine Bailey, and was a 1966 graduate of Pearl High School. She worked for Allstate Insurance for more than 30 years. She was then employed for 12 years with St. Dominic Hospital. Linda had a passion for music, and her tastes varied widely over the years. She also enjoyed traveling and was always up for a new adventure.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Harris “Richie” Dyess.

Survivors include husband, Charles R. “Chuck” White, Sr.; son, Derrick Dyess and wife, Corrie; step-children, Precia Pedersen and Charles R. White, Jr.; brother, James Bailey and wife, Sandra; sister, Sandy Parish and husband, Winston; grandchildren, Caleb, Brendan and Harrison Dyess; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to the special friends and long-time caregivers who loved and supported Linda and the family throughout her illness.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at

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Published in Clarion Ledger on Sept. 13, 2016

Linda Sue Bailey, ex-wife of Harris Richard Dyess, born 12 Aug 1948 – Jackson, MS and passed 11 Sep 2016 – Byram, MS.

Harris Richard Dyess 1945-2016

Harris Richard Dyess, 71, passed from this life Thursday, November 10, 2016, at Hospice Ministries.

Visitation will be 2:00-5:00pm, Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services are 10:00am, Monday, November 14, 2016, in the funeral home chapel with interment in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

Richard was a faithful member of Trinity Baptist Church in Pearl and served our country honorably with the U.S. Air Force. He retired as an agent for the TSA. Richard also worked for several years in the printing industry and for the MS Braves. He was a member of John P. Byrd Masonic Lodge #629, the Wahabi Shrine and the Wahabi Clown Unit. Richard also acted in several movies that were filmed locally.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Martin Dyess, and son, Harris “Richie” Dyess.

Survivors include son, Derrick Dyess and wife Corrie; step-son, Jeremy Quattlebaum and wife Jenny; step-daughter, Christy Vaccaro; grandchildren, Caleb Dyess, Brendan Dyess, Harrison Dyess, Brittany Morrow, Anna Holst, and Trace Quattlebaum; brother, Michael Dyess and wife Pam; sister, Joan Dyess; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at

Harris Richard Dyess, son of Gaston Lavell Dyess and Doris Nell Sills, was born 15 Mar 1945 and passed 10 Nov 2016.

Judith “Judy” Ann (King) Dyess 1955-2017

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Saulters Moore Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Judith Ann “Judy” Dyess, age 61, of Carson, MS who passed away January 17, 2017 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS. Interment followed at Greens Creek Cemetery.

Bro. Mike Mitchell officiated. Pallbearers were Hunter Dyess, Sean Morris, Dennis Daley, Pete Stevens, Jason King, Jimmy Butler, David Freshour and Lewis Burrow. Saulters Moore Funeral Home of Prentiss handled all arrangements.

Mrs. Judy was born December 31, 1955 in Prentiss, MS. She was the daughter of Sambo King and Martha Lee Hudson King. She was a homemaker and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Mrs. Judy is survived by her husband of 43 years, James Carl “Buck” Dyess of Carson, MS; Two daughters, Jennifer Lewis of Prentiss, MS and Jammie Daley (Dennis) of Bassfield, MS; Her son, James Anthony Dyess of Poplarville, MS; Two brothers, Willie Ray King of Jayess, MS and Mike King of Pinola. MS. and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Billy Gerald King.

Online condolences and a guest registry are available at

Judith “Judy” Ann King, daughter of Sambo King and Martha Lee Hudson, wife of James Carl “Buck” Dyess, was born 31 Dec 1955 – Prentiss, MS and passed 17 Jan 2017 – Hattiesburg, MS.

Gerald Dudley Turnage 1941-2017

Funeral Services for Gerald Turnage were held at 11:00am on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Oakvale Baptist Church. Mr. Turnage, age 75, passed away from this life Monday, January 30, 2017, in Oakvale.

The Reverend Eddie Myers and Reverend Richard Green officiated and interment followed in the Oakvale Baptist Church Cemetery.

Saulters-Moore Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Blayke Turnage, Trystan Turnage, Clayton Daniel, Joey Daniel, Patrick Turnage, Brady Turnage, and Caleb Hill.

Gerald Turnage was born on March 30, 1941 in Jackson to George Curtis Turnage and Melinda Smith Turnage. Mr. Turnage was a retired Tool Pusher from the Offshore Oil Industry and was a member of Oakvale Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon.

Mr. Turnage was preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife Patsy Turnage; 1 grandchild; 4 sisters, and 3 brothers.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Tammy Daniels of Silver Creek and Sherry Hill of Oakvale; 4 sons, Pat Turnage, Bruce Turnage, Jonathan Turnage, and Chris Turnage, all of Oakvale; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Carroll Turnage of Oakvale, Dewey Turnage of Long Beach, and Wayne Turnage of Monticello; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Online condolences and a guest registry are available at

Gerald Dudley Turnage, son of George Curtis Turnage and Melinda Elizabeth “Lizzie” Smith, was born 30 Mar 1941 – Oakvale, MS and passed 30 Jan 2017 – Oakvale, MS.

Charles Daniel “Danny” Dyess Jr. 1954-2017

DYESS, JR., Charles Daniel Danny was born Aug. 10, 1954 in Austin, TX to Dan and Betty Dyess. He graduated from W.T. White High School in 1973. His dad, Charles Daniel Dyess and brother, Jeff Dyess preceded him in death. Survived by his mother, Betty Dyess; brother, J.D. Dyess. Graveside service will be at 1:00 PM, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to your favorite charity.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 20, 2017

Charles Daniel “Danny” Dyess Jr., son of Charles Daniel “Dan” Dyess and Betty Fay Gustafson, was born 10 Aug 1954 – Austin, TX and passed 1 Jan 2017.

Jeffrey Clarke “Jeff” Dyess 1955-2016

Born November 14, 1955 in Austin and graduated from W. T. White High School in 1973. Joined the Navy in 1973. Basic Training at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, FL and attended submarine school in CT then assigned to the Naval Point Loma Base, San Diego. He retired from the Dallas ISD in 2013 after 28 years. Preceded in death by father, Dan Dyess. Survived by wife of 20 years Marlena Thomas Dyess; mother, Betty Dyess; brothers, Danny and J. D. Dyess; step-children, Tara Martin, Michael Lujan, 5 grandchildren.

The visitation for Jeff Dyess will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Restland Funeral Home.

The service for Jeff will be held at 2:30 PM, Friday, July 29, 2016 in The Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, at Restland Road, Dallas, TX 75243.

Jeffrey Clarke “Jeff” Dyess, son of Charles Daniel Dyess and Betty Fay Gustafson, was born 14 Nov 1955 – Austin, TX and passed 26 Jul 2016 – Dallas, TX.

Lonnie Sylvester Dyess Jr 1924 -1998

Funeral Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Midway First Baptist Church in Lamar County.

MERIDIAN — Mr. Lonnie Sylvester Dyess Jr., 73, of Meridian died Sunday, March 15, 1998, in Riley Hospital in Meridian of heart failure.

Mr. Dyess was a native of Jefferson Davis County. Employed by BellSouth for 33 years, he was a commercial manager in Biloxi, Gulfport, Laurel, Hattiesburg, Brookhaven and Meridian. In Brookhaven, he was Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and a leader in economic development. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Brookhaven Kiwanis Club, and the Toastmasters International.

Mr. Dyess was a graduate of Carson High School, where he played guard on a Championship Basketball Team. He was a Thespian and in the Glee Club. He was a graduated of Hemphill Technological Institute in Memphis. He was an Engineer officer in the U.S. Maritime Service during World War II in the Pacific. His ports of call included Manilla and numerous harbors in Mainland China. After the war, he attended Perkinston Junior College, where he majored in Science and was a member of the Glee Club. Mr. Dyess was a member of Masonic Lodge 453 at Mt. Carmel, Mississippi, attaining the Honorary Third Degree of Master Mason. Mr. Dyess was very active as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Choir member at Midway Baptist Church in Meridian. He and his wife, Modena established the Lonnie S. Dyess Sr. and Ida Mae Dyess Scholarship in Economics and Pre-Medicine at Mississippi State University in memory of his parents. Said his son Dwight Dyess of Hattiesburg, ”Dad was a fine Christian leader and he led by example.”

Survivors include his wife, Modena Richardson Dyess of Meridian; two daughters, Anita Cheryl Dyess Knobloch of Monroe, LA., and Shelia Rene’ Dyess Brody of Madison, AL.; two sons, Joseph Dwight Dyess of Hattiesburg and Dr. Eric Mason Dyess of Jackson; three sisters, Louis Price Trees of Uvalde, TX., Alexine McIlwain and Winnie Ray Strange, both of Hattiesburg; a brother, Edwin G. Dyess of Starkville; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Midway First Baptist Church in Lamar County, where friends may call an hour before service time. Rev. Bill Webb, Rev. Keith Grubbs and Rev. Bob Simmons will officiate. Burial will be in Midway First Baptist Church Cemetery in Lamar County.

Pallbearers will be Charles W. Wright, Robert Pierce, Rod Dyess, Andre’ Dyess, Robert A. Strange, Jr., LTC Thomas R. Strange and Glen Flowers. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Walker Lee Dyess and Mason Tyler Dyess, the Deacons of Midway Baptist Church of Meridian and Telephone Pioneers.

Sun Herald, The (Biloxi, MS) ; Date: March 17, 1998 ; Page: A9
Record Number: 9803290055

Lonnie Sylvester Dyess Jr, s/o Lonnie Sylvester Dyess and Ida Mae Shoemake, Born 9 Nov 1924 and passed away 15 Mar 1998, Meridian MS.