Benjamin F. Dyal
Mr. Benjamin F. Dyal, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, after an extended illness. He was a native of Clio, Ga. and a resident of Cross City, Fla., before moving to Jay. He was a graduate of Cross City High School, the University of Florida and the University of Southern Mississippi. He worked with the Escambia County School Board and retired from the Mississippi State Board of Education as an accountant. He was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and the Escambia County Retired Education Association. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Cora, David, Donald, Herman, Mae and Marvin.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Thelma H. Dyal; his sister, Patricia Crawford, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 21, at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Edwards officiating and Jay Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Tony Gomillion, Donald Hendricks, James Hendricks, John D. Hendricks, Bill Patrick and Tom Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Gandy, Tracy Hodgins, Bill Martin, Billy Parker, Wayne Tappan and J.D. Warrick.