Jerry Vann Dyess, Sr.
August 2, 1943-January 7, 2019
Jerry Vann Dyess, Sr., of Mobile, AL, died Monday, January 7, 2019. Jerry, who was raised in Meridian, MS, was a sales professional in the building materials industry, and one of the founding members of the Bay Area Tennis Association. He played football for East Mississippi Junior College (one of Bull Sullivan’s Boys), and was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
He was an avid sports fan with a competitive spirit, who loved his White Sox in the spring, Golden Eagles in the fall, and tennis year round. He enjoyed “walking the lines” on his family land in Waynesboro, MS and spending time with his loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otho and Lois Vann Dyess; his sisters, Rhonda Dyess and Sarah Brewer; and his brother, William “Sonny” Dyess. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen “Tootsie” Ikerd Dyess; three children, Leslie Dyess (Brad) Smith, Jerry Dyess, Jr. (Jessica), and Dana Dyess (Wilson) Russ; grandchildren, Katie Dyess and Joseph, William, Allie, Wilson, and John Russ; and his siblings, Ann Hardy, Jane Pruett, and Steve Dyess.
Jerry’s family would like to send a special thank you to all of his caregivers from Kindred Hospice, Brookside Memory Care, Allen Memorial, and especially Vince Etheridge. He has been a blessing to the family.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 at 12:00 Noon from the Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Fred Wolfe officiating. Interment will follow in Mobile Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. For memorial contributions, the family has designated Luke 4:18 Fellowship. Condolences may be offered at www.mobilememorialfunerals.com.
Tootsie, Dianne and I are So Sorry. He was as Good A Man as I ever knew! You are in our hearts and prayers!
Dianne and William McKellarCharleston, MS
While this is a tremendous loss, he leaves behind a beautiful family to carry on his legacy.
JOHN AND PAM SMITHLeesville, LA
RIP Jabo . Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Jimmy SlayMeridian, MS
Jerry our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thanks for the many laughs and competitive tennis matches at the Oak.
Jim & Laurie HartleyMobile, AL
Very Sorry, praying that your heart is blessed with Grace, peace , and understanding thoughts.
David Roger DyessAndalusia, AL
Jerry was a good friend from meeting and rooming together at usm in 1963 and being in he and tootsie's wedding. did not get to visit as much as we would have liked over the years, but we went to lunch every time he was in gulfport on business. he was a joy to be around with his infectious laugh and great humor. Jerry was proud of his family and always talked about them. I will miss you Jerry, look forward to seeing you in the hereafter, my friend.
Eddie SwitzerGulfport, MS
So sorry to hear of your loss, he will be missed .
Lisa TriggClara, MS
Jerry was always fun and so supportive. Really enjoyed all the tennis played in Destin. Andy loved setting up me and my sister to play Jerry, who could beat us with one hand tied behind his back. When Andy left Celotex, Jerry braved the snow to drive and attend his retirement dinner in Sandy Springs. He meant a lot to us. God bless your family. Kathy Cyganiewicz
Andy & Kathy CyganiewiczMarietta, GA
My thoughts and prayers are with you all...another cousin gone.
Margaret McRae DavisWaynesboro, MS
Jerry, you will be missed but I know Sonny is so happy to see his little brother.
Judi DyessTheodore, AL