Brother Ollie Dyson went to be with the Lord on at Good Samaritan Nursing Home on August 12, 2012 at the age of 100.
In 1942, Brother Ollie Dyson was called to serve his country in the United States Army. He was awarded three bronze stars for service in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre Campaign during War World II. Brother. Ollie Dyson was chosen to be a water purification specialist during the integration of United States Army. In addition, Brother Ollie Dyson was one of the original organizers of The American Legion Otis Burris Post #0537. After 64 years of membership, Brother Ollie was the last living WWII Veteran for this post.
After being awarded an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army in 1945, Brother Ollie Dyson used his vocation training as a tailor to own and operate "Dyson's Cleaners" for many years. Brother Dyson closed Dyson's Cleaners to become the first African American to work for the United States Postal Service in Franklinton, Louisiana. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980 and became a fulltime "Pawpaw."
"Daddy Ollie" leaves to celebrate his life the children he reared: Cutis D. Jackson, Sr. of Long Beach, CA, Toni J. (Donald) Jack of New Orleans, LA, Curtis D. (Olga) Jackson, Jr. of Franklinton, LA and Dr. Jason S. (Maleeka) Eaglin of Atlanta, GA; a special niece, Myrtle (Walter) Dyson Johnson of Franklinton, LA; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sister James Langston Dyson.
The visitation will be held at Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm followed by funeral at 2:00 pm with Rev. Washington Drake - Pastor Officiating. Internment - Sweet Home Cemetery. Please sign guestbook at www.crainandsons.com.