Deacon McClain Dyson, Jr., 89, husband of Wilhelmenia Coleman Dyson, departed this life on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter.
Born January 27, 1920, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Deacon and Lizzie Butler Dyson, Sr. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County.
At an early age, Deacon Dyson accepted Christ as his personal Savior and joined the Joshua Baptist Church. He later moved to Washington, DC, where he lived and worked for many years. While there, he became a faithful member and Deacon at Trinidad Baptist Church. After retiring, he returned home and rejoined as a faithful member and Deacon at Joshua Baptist Church, where he sang on the Senior Choir, was a member of the Senior Brotherhood, and served in other capacities.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ollie Dyson; his siblings, Cornelia Gallman, Maggie Mae Davis, Henry, Leroy and Loman.
He will be greatly missed by his devoted and loving wife, Wilhelmenia Coleman Dyson of the home; two sons, Rev. McClain (Barbara) Dyson III of Atlanta, GA, Reginald Coleman of Dalzell; one daughter, Terry Coleman of Duluth, GA; two special cousins, Ms. Esther Deas and Ms. Beatrice Sumpter; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 10, 2010 from the Joshua Baptist Church, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell, with Rev. Eugene G. Dennis, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Rev. William Jefferson, Rev. R. L. Williams, and Rev. Darren P. Dixon.
The family will receive friends at the home 3890 Ardis Pond Road, Dalzell.
The remains will be placed in the church at 1:00 p. m.
The procession will leave the home at 1:20 p.m.
Floral Bearers will be Deacon Wives and Senior Missionaries.
Pall Bearers will be nephews and Trustees.
Burial will be in the Joshua Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, Dalzell.