Dock Dyson Jr.

Published 10:24 am Thursday, December 31, 2020

Dock Dyson Jr., a long-time resident of Franklinton, left this earth on Dec. 30, 2020, at the age of 83. He was born to Dock Dyson Sr. and Dora Bickham Dyson on May 11, 1937. He was the seventh of eight children.

He married Zolda Wilson Dyson in 1960, and to this union one son was born.

Dock was a faithful member of Crystal Springs A.M.E. Church, where he served as a trustee.

Dock worked for many years as a truck driver, at Gaylord Paper Mill, and Smith and Smith Tractor company.

Dock was best known for his gardening, especially his homegrown vegetables and watermelons. He was also known for driving tractors in the Washington Parish Fair parade.

Dock will be forever missed by his wife, Zolda Dyson; son, Howard Isaac Dyson; granddaughter, Tevoy Ital Dyson and fiancé Jason Harry; his great-granddaughter, Tessa Ital Dyson Harry; sister, Louise Dyson Topps; four sisters-in-law, Hynethia Wilson Dadzie, Bobbie Wilson Burris, Joanne Hart Wilson and Otheal Toomer Wilson; and one brother-in-law, Hamilton Burris; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dock Dyson Sr. and Dora Bickham Dyson; two brothers, Hertis Dyson and David Harry Dyson; sisters and spouses, Lois Dyson Bickham (Edwin), Eddie Joe Dyson Vernon (James Murl) and Margaret Dyson Magee (Wilmer Sr.); one sister-in-law, Nercelia Wilson Butler (Dock); and five brothers-in-law, George Topps, Theodore Wilson Jr., Abe Charles Wilson, Francis Dadzie and Myrtis Wilson.

A drive-through viewing will be held on Monday, Jan. 4, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Franklinton.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Crystal Springs A.M.E. Church Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Whitley, pastor, will officiate.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Franklinton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at