John Dyess passed peacefully in his sleep Tuesday evening, December 31, 2019, at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 42 years, Barbara Ann Seabourn Dyess, brother James Earl Dyess of Quinlan, sister Jo Ann Peck Davis of Georgia and sister Joy Faye Ward of Hideaway lake. Johnny is survived by a daughter, Kelly Dyess of Forney, son, Wesley Dyess of Wills Point, two granddaughters, Makaylee and Taylor Dyess of Wills Point, companion Linda Hammond, sisters Loyce Marie Moore and husband Frank of Lancaster, Linda Diann Hodges of Austin, as well as Paul Dyess and wife Rhonda of Wills Point and countless nieces and nephews.
Johnny was born in Ellis County, Texas on December 8, 1937, and was raised primarily in Wilmer Hutchins. He grew up with six brothers and sisters in a hardworking farming and construction family. Johnny took great pride in his humble upbringing and had many great stories of growing up with his siblings. He appreciated the sacrifices made by Earl and Hazel in providing for their large family.
Johnny was very active in FFA during school and there was not much he didn’t know about horses, cows, pigs, rabbits and chicken. There were very few times during his adult life that he didn’t have at least one or a combination of any of those farm animals around the house. He was truly one of the last cowboys and loved his horse, Pecos, that his father had given him as a colt, as if it were a member of the family. He even brought Pecos into the house on occasion.
Johnny was drafted into the Army in 1961 and served active duty in Jessin, Germany until 1963. He was honorably discharged in 1967. He had some very fond memories of traveling around Europe in an old used Volkswagon with Barbara Ann, as well as his exploits on base. He loved receiving Christmas cards for many years afterward from the Johan Fischer family, whom he and Barbara Ann lived with off-base. He regretted the gradual loss of his ability to translate their holiday wishes. He formed many long- standing friendships with his army buddies and maintained them most of his life. He always said that he would never go into the Army again but wouldn’t have traded a day of it.
Johnny spent most of his life as a proud member of the Carpenters Local Union 198 following in his father’s and brother’s footsteps. He was an excellent carpenter and builder and took great pride in the number of buildings he built in and around Dallas. He retired in the late 90’s and took up full- time RVing.
Johnny loved all sorts of outdoor and adventurous activities including hunting, camping and fishing as well as sitting around a campfire drinking a beer with any number of family and friends. All wildlife can sleep easier tonight.
A gathering of family and friends will take place immediately after the service at Kelly’s home at 1040 Hondo Lane; Forney.
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