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DYSON, James Ernest "Jim" passed away on October 28, 2020 from ALS. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 1950 to Ernie and Elsie Dyson. After becoming one of Abington High School's top athletes, he moved to Florida in 1968 on a track scholarship with the University of Florida. There he met the love of his life, Amy Simpson. After being married, Jim and Amy moved to Pinellas County in 1974 to raise a family and start Urban Young Life in the Ridgecrest Community of Largo. Jim went on to become a Vice President for Young Life, coach youth soccer, teach a Sunday School class at Anona United Methodist Church for 40 years and upon retirement, help start a reading program at Ridgecrest Elementary. His passion was his faith, his family and his hope to see teens and children from disadvantaged communities reach their fullest potential in life. Jim is survived by his sister, Nancy Ostrander and husband Phil; brother, David Dyson and wife Linda; Amy, his wife of 50 years; son, Jamey Dyson and wife Crystel; son, Byron Dyson and wife Laura; and grandchildren Aria, Alec, Ethan, Kylie, and Trevan. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ridgecrest YMCA Football Field (weather permitting) Saturday November 14 at 11 am. Masks and social distancing will be required. Livestream will be available online, visit www.anona.com/dyson for details and service updates. In leu of flowers, please send donations to Multiethnic Young Life of Pinellas County.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 8, 2020.
Celebration of Life
11:00 AM
Ridgecrest YMCA Football Field
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November 18, 2020
I haven’t seen Jim since high school but I remember him very well. He was definitely one of the “good guys”. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Susie Giroud Moyer
November 16, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
I will always remember how you showed us we could do better in Life and showing us Jesus by your Love and kindness.
Luvonne (Sue) Holloway
November 16, 2020
I remember Jim from Abington High School class of '68 as a great guy; friendly to all and truly real. There was no pretense with him, he was a great example of a human being. It sounds like he had a wonderful life of service to God and others - a good and faithful servant.
William (Bill) Jones
November 15, 2020
As one of the newer Panther Pal volunteers at Ridgecrest, I only worked with Jim for about a year. Even in that short time, Jim inspired me with his dedication and love of children. He came to the classroom in his wheelchair, even when he couldn't hold things in his hands, he was still there with the kids & volunteers. Jim will always inspire and be remembered by many including me.
Esther Larys
November 10, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Dyson Family for the loss of your loved one, James Ernest, "Jim", and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
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