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Carl E. Dyson, Sr.


Sunrise: April 1, 1929

Sunset: December 28, 2018

On the afternoon of December 28, 2018, Carl Eugene Dyson, Sr., 89 years of age, heard the voice of Jesus calling him away from this life to be in His presence eternally. By faith in his Savior, he peacefully slipped away in his sleep while napping at the Norfolk Healthcare Nursing Home in Norfolk.

Carl Sr. was born on April 1, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia to Taylor Dyson and Isabelle Green. He was the youngest of four children of that union. He is survived by two sisters: Mildred Dyson Jackson and Velma Dyson Gilliam. He was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Dyson. Isabelle Dyson passed away when Carl Sr. was an infant. She was one of 10 siblings, 7 sisters and 2 brothers. Isabelle’s siblings stepped in to raise her children. Carl Sr. was raised by his aunt, Susie Green Custis and uncle, Joseph Custis. Educated in the Norfolk School system, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Carl Sr. loved listening to The Harmonizing Four, The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, The Gospel Four, and The Mills Brothers. He founded and organized a singing group called The Harmoneers, and once performed on a New York television show. Carl Sr. was a seeker of knowledge and truth. He read books wrapped in paper bag covers so that no one would know what he was studying. He enjoyed engaging in conversations about what he had learned. He retired from the Norfolk and Western Railroad in his early years, and later, from the Maritime Merchant Seamen.

He is predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Gertrude Brown Dyson and her son, Reginald Brown. He is survived by his wife’s daughter, Bolivia Brown; her son, Angelo Bryant (Vandilla) and daughters; cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Carl Sr. had 10 natural children from a previous marriage. He is predeceased by the fifth born, Carla Eugenia Dyson. He is survived by Carolyn Dyson Jackson  (Marvin), Thomasine Dyson Williams (Robert), Debra Dyson Taylor (Charles), Phyllis Dyson,  Carl Dyson Jr., Carlos Dyson, Denise Dyson Martin, Veda Dyson, Derek Dyson, grandchildren, and a host of relatives from this family.

He was an extraordinary man and left a legacy to be cherished by an ever growing family, and memories so special that family and friends will smile the rest of their lives.

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    Deli says

    I’m very sorry for your loss. May you gain much comfort and strength at this difficult time, Revelation 21:4

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    Gretta N Broadnax says

    Sharing in your sadness. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

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    Patrice Irving says

    May the Lord of Host shower you with comfort and strength, and memories of one so special sustain you during your time of grief.

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    Mr. Leslie Benjamin says

    I hope you find peace with this trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to your own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path Proverbs 3 and 5

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    Mr. Henderson C. Benjamin 3rd says

    To the DYSON FAMILY sorry to hear of the passing of mr DYSON you are in my prayers may GOD keep you

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    Thelma Pritchard says

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
    Praying for you and your family.
    Thelma Pritchard Liverman

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    Charles Reid, Jr. - Killeen, TX says

    Our condolences to you all in the loss of your dear father! Praying that God would continue to give grace and comfort during this time for you all!

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    Charles Reid, Jr. - Killeen, TX says

    Our condolences to you all in the loss of your dear father! Praying that God would continue to give grace and comfort during this time for you all! We thank God for his legacy in you all. For you have made a difference in this world.

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    Bernice White says

    We will never forget Mr. Dyson , May your heart and soul fine peace and comfort .Sending healing , prayer and comforting to the Family , Please accept my deepest condolences He was a pleasure taking care of him and knowing him over 27 years . Mr Carl Dyson was a man that had a lot of wisdom , reading and dancing with wife Gertrude Dyson was his Life the way they both Loved each other No one could touch now he’s gone home with Heavenly Father singing praises to his name . We will Miss U My Friend , Love watching u enjoying Food . Keeping the Family N Prayer. Bernice White. ❤️❤️

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    Jackie Williams says

    Hold on to the good memories .I will keep you all in prayer.
    Love,
    Jackie B. Williams

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    Cathy Hubbard Johnson says

    May God continue to comfort the family. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not remove.
    May you now rest in the loving arms of Jesus until we meet again around the great throne of God. God’s peace and blessings continue to comfort those left behind to cherish memories!!
    Cathy Hubbard Johnson

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    Charlotte Dyson says

    I am truly sorry for the loss of Uncle Carl. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. On behalf of the children of Kenneth R. Dyson Sr., we extend condolences to you all. May the Lord continue to comfort, strengthen and surround you with His love at this time.
    Charlotte Dyson

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    Brenda Boyd says

    He heals the broken hearted. He will wipe away every tear. My heart felt condolences.
    Brenda Boyd
    Columbia SC
    Class of 1969

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