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John "(Johnnie)" Dyer Sr.


1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
John Dyer, Sr., (Johnnie)

John Dyer, Sr., (Johnnie) was born on April 20, 1927, in Fonde, Kentucky, to the late James and Stella Dyer.

At an early age he moved to Morristown, Tennessee, where he was raised by his grandmother, Mary. He was educated by the Morristown City School system. He joined the U.S. Army in 1945. After serving in the military, he moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1950 and began working at Dutch Folks' Chevrolet. During this time, he met Mary Pruiett and they soon became inseparable, marrying in January of 1953. Johnnie was a man of faith and joined St. John CME Church shortly after their marriage. To their union, six children were born. In order to provide a better life for his family, Johnnie joined the Untied Laborer's Union No. 894 in May of 1956 as a laborer, and remained a member in good standing until the time of his passing. Besides being a dedicated family man, Johnnie had many interests and hobbies, including hunting, fishing, working on cars, and talking on his CB (his handle was "Black Dragon"). He enjoyed traveling around and meeting new CBers. He was well known in the CB circle. He loved his family and made sure that he attended every function his family was having – no matter what. He was also a father to many in the neighborhood. He believed in the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. He would correct you when you were wrong, but would praise you for excelling. He brought his children up in the old school way – be respectful, work hard, learn as much as you can and know that nothing is more important than your work and family name. In his later years, he could be found working around the house or sitting on the front porch in the summertime, "checking things out". He could tell you what was going on in the neighborhood or, if he didn't know – he was going to find out!

He leaves a wonderful legacy to carry on his teachings: wife of 61 years, Mary; sister, Annie Ruth Deadrick of Morristown, Tennessee; sons, John Jr. (Carla), Delbert (Denise), Albert, Marvin (Chris) all of Akron; daughters, Patricia and Carolyn of Atlanta, 17 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. He also leaves to cherish his memories brothers-in-law, Edward (Margaret) Pruitt, William (Sharon) Pruiett, and Robert Pruiett; and a host of other nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 12 p.m., at St. John CME, 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron, OH 44320, Rev. Richard McDuffie eulogizing. Interment at Rose Hill. Friends may visit at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service. Procession will form at and condolences may be sent to 734 Noble Ave., Akron, OH 44320.


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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Mar. 10 to Mar. 16, 2014
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