Radney Funeral Home - Mobile

3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL


Mary Martha Dyess

November 20, 1929June 30, 2020

DYESS Mary Martha Stacey Dyess - Born November 20, 1929 in Conecuh County, Alabama and a lifelong resident of Mobile, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at a local hospital at 90 years of age.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, F. G. "Jimmy" Dyess.

She was a member of Moffett Road Baptist Church for more than 60 years.

She worked as a retail accountant for many years before becoming a full-time grandmother, earning the title of Bigmama. This term of endearment was quickly adopted by all those who met her. She exposed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to her favorite activities including ceramic artwork, sewing, and quilting. She was also an avid outdoors woman, enjoying deer and turkey hunting, and fishing. From working in the garden to preparing family meals in the kitchen, there was always a crowded table at her home, most looking for her famous pound cake which was undoubtedly there.

She is survived by two sons, Johnny Max (Brenda) Dyess and Carl Edward (Dani) Dyess; one daughter, Dr. Donna Lynn Dyess (Bryan Lee); eleven grandchildren: Christie Dyess Caylor, Russell Dyess; Matt, Travis, and Jenni Dyess; Ben, Chris, Keith, Kristen, Kendall, and Kyle Lee; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 6, 2020 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Moffett Road Baptist Church (5555 Moffett Road, Mobile, Alabama 36618), followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.

Interment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery West.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moffett Road Baptist Church, 5555 Moffett Road, Mobile, AL 36618.

Arrangements by Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin St., Ext., Mobile, AL 36606.


  • Visitation

    Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 6, 2020


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Carolyn Nelson

July 8, 2020

To Johnny, Lynn and Carl, I’ve just found out about your Mother today. Sending Heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Mrs. Mary was always so dear to me growing up. It was just wonderful growing up next door to such a great family. She got me my first job! Forever grateful. She would from time to time come by and check on me and make sure I was treated good. She will hold a special place in my heart forever. Mrs. Mary will leave a great legacy. I’m so very thankful I knew such a lady.
Sending much love. Carolyn Hutchinson Nelson

Mike Hendrix

July 6, 2020

I have been proud to call the Dyess' friends for about 45 years. Mr. Dyess convinced me to finish college while at their kitchen table enjoying some of Mrs. Dyess' cake. I was in their home often as a young adult and she always had concern for me, good food, and some great perspectives. She leaves us an excellent Christian legacy. Her work is complete here, and I am better for it.
Mike Hendrix

Glen & Annette Finklea

July 4, 2020

A Dear Church Friend so kind & enjoyed visiting & talking with her. Enjoyed her visits when she brought pecans for Glen to crack.. Glen has a wonderful memory when he was sick she brought him a delicious dish when she came to pick up her pecans. Always a smile and talking about her family.

Sheila Bolin

July 4, 2020

It was wonderful to see Mrs. Dyess in church at Moffett Road Baptist Church every Sunday. She was a very special lady blessed with a loving family. She will be missed by all.

Margie Smith

July 2, 2020

It was such a pleasure and honor to meet and get to know Big Mama. She really did adore our grandsons and was most welcoming to me. She dearly loved Ben and he was very devoted to her. It was a beautiful relationship. I enjoyed a few conversations with her about how proud she was of him. Monroe loved to go to Big Mamas and when he said his nite-nite prayers at Gigi’s, it was always “ God Bless Mommy and Daddy and Big Mama in that order until Brooks came along. The rest of us fell behind!
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed Rest In Peace... Amen

Rose Trisler

July 2, 2020

Im am so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Mary, I will never forget how she took care of my mother, when she was so sick. She had a big heart. I will miss her. Praying for all of you.


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