Willie Douglas Dyess

March 19, 1933April 6, 2021

How do you sum up 88 years of life in a few short sentences? Willie Douglas Dyess known as bill was born in Oklahoma on March 19th 1933 to the proud parents of Oather and Troy Dyess. As with many families during the depression and the dust bowl they had to move, so they headed west and ended up in McFarland California. Life wasn't easy but they worked together as a family picking cotton, grapes ECT. There were five children James, Willie, Belva, Dolores and Judy. He married Dora Bell. The marriage didn't last but he was blessed with his daughter Troy. He then married Jessie Faye Day Dyess. Willie and Jessie adopted Margi in 1966. Willie was an ironworker in Carson California. He was a very active member in the church. He started a athletic league which included baseball and basketball. When the iron plant in Carson shut down he and Jessie moved to Northern California (union city) so he could continue working in his field. Bill and Jessie were married for 36 years when Jessie passed away. Bill then married Alice Almond Dyess, they moved to Arkansas where she was born to be with her mother. Bill and Alice just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last year (next month would have been 26). Bill was truly blessed to have been married to two wonderful women. Most of us are lucky to find one person who truly loves us, Bill was lucky enough to find two. Bill has two daughters Troy and Margi, he gained two more daughters Jackie and Sue. He has 14 grandkids, 26 great grandkids and 3 great great grandchild Bill's heart beat for the last time at 2:58 p.m. April 6th 2021 surrounded by his wife Alice Dyess and many other family members. He had a host of family to welcome him into heaven, his mother and father, Jessie, daughter Troy, his two son-in-law's Dino and Sam, his brother Jimmy, his sister Cora Sue and many others. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all.


  • Kevin Lewis
  • Brandon Higgs
  • William Lemonds
  • A. J. Higgs
  • Ramon Mendoza
  • Steven Johnson


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021


Willie Douglas Dyess

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Arna (Dyess) Pike

April 14, 2021

Dear Dyess Family,
My Dad ( Arnold Ray Dyess) and Bill were cousin. We lived just miles apart from one another when I was a child. We had family togethers. Remember those day fondly. Hadn't seen him in many years, even lost track of him & his family for a while, but thanks to family & FB, we reconnected. Which was wonderful.
He was a good man, he will be dearly missed. Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to all his loved ones. Sorry for your loss.
We are sad now, But how lucky we were. And fortunate we still are to have all the stories, experiences and memories we shared. Let us find peace from his love to carry our hearts forward.
Hugs, Love & Prayers,
Arna & John

Tricia (Dyess ) Armstrong

April 9, 2021

Margi and family,
My earliest memories of Uncle Willie came from my dad. He made us call him Uncle Willie and not Bill, because he said that was the name his parents gave him-plus none of dad's nieces and nephews called him, Uncle Jim, it was always Uncle Jimmie (his given name). Dad said they fought like cats growing up, both of them were stubborn and neither liked to give in. However, they both loved each other and for both of them family was the most important. You could disagree, but at the end of the day, you were family. I enjoyed the times Uncle Willie and Aunt Jessie came to visit and wished we had lived closer. I never got to meet Alice, but know she made his later years , loving ones. It was wonderful to read the comments by all of you about his love for his children and grandchildren. That is a blessing that will be carried on as his legacy. Rest in peace In the arms of Jesus, Uncle Willie.


April 9, 2021

Dear Family,
Know that we loved our uncle with all our hearts. We didn't get to spend a lot of time with him as we lived on opposite coasts but he came to NY when I was about 14 or 15 and then again for Dad's 60th Birthday. I treasure those memories!!
We love you and know that he is dancing with Grandma Troy and fighting with my dad as they usually did when they got together - lol.
Rest in much deserved peace Uncle Willie!!

Tiffany Mendoza

April 8, 2021


I’ve been sitting here going through all of our memories. You always forget my birthday by A WHOLE DAY. Never got it right but that’s what made it even more special. Because only YOU would tell me a WHOLE day early or a WHOLE day late. I remember you letting us help with grandma Jessie’s garden. I remember you building things. I remember you being so stubborn that you don’t budge. The way you loved your grandkids and great kids are amazing. I’m sorry it took so long for me to visit. I hope you’re no longer in pain. I hope you’re dancing in the sky with my grandma Jessie and my mom. I LOVE YOU TREMENDOUSLY !


April 7, 2021

Daddy, I know you knew how very much I loved you, but I pray you would have been proud of how I took care of you until the end. You loved me well. You taught me that God and family came first. You showed me the importance of being a hard worker and providing for a family.
You were Stern and expected good behavior from me. You were quick to correct me, but Just as quick to love and hug me. I will cherish the memory of the sound of your booming laugh, and your wonderful voice singing in the choir.
I regret i never recorded you singing The old rugged Cross which was my favorite.
I will miss you dearly, but I know you are in heaven with all who have gone before.
Forever your sunshine

Lori Becker

April 7, 2021

Aunt Alice, Margi and the rest of the family, we are so sorry to have lost Uncle Willie. We know he has left his body, but his soul will shine it’s light on us forever. Praying for everyone in this time of sorrow. Love, Lori, Renall and Taylor Becker