Shanon O'Neal Dyess

June 4, 1972March 29, 2019

Shanon O’Neal Dyess June 4, 1972-March 29, 2019

Shanon Dyess, 46, of Woodbridge, VA passed away suddenly in Woodbridge, VA. He was born in Mobile, AL and moved to Alexandria, VA in 1986. Shanon was a special and unique person. He was a happy person, loved to laugh, and spend time with family and friends. He was quite active during his life. He was an avid Alabama football, Washington DC Capitals, and especially a Darth Vader fan.

He was employed at DC George Co. in Alexandria, VA and previously worked for Homeland Security and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Shanon is pre-deceased by his wonderful grandparents James and Vivian Pritchard, Cyrus C. and Pauline Dyess, Great Grandmaw Rohberg, fun and free-spirited aunts Gloria (Glo) and Katherine (Kathy) and Uncle Bill.

He has left behind to mourn and cherish his short life by his mother, Janet Dyess and his father, Garry Dyess; half-brother Jason; aunts and uncles James (Elizabeth) Pritchard Jr., Stephen Pritchard, Edwin Dyess, Cherri (Lee) Brooks, Paula (Carl) Newsome, Pam Dyess-King, Melanie Adams, Gale Dunn; step-sisters Jennifer Stewart and Pam (Jimmy) Turley; and many other family and friends.

Pallbearers are: Dan Marchinkoski, Sean Lasch, Chris Newsome, David Herer, Jerry DaSilva, Bryan Pritchard, James Pritchard III, Chris Waltman.

Arrangements will be Saturday, April 6th with a family only visitation at 9 AM followed by friends at 10 AM. The funeral service will be at 11 AM. Both will be held at Pine Crest Funeral Home, 1939 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, AL. You may send flowers or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, April 6, 2019

Shanon O'Neal Dyess

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Sandy Johnson

April 5, 2019

Shannon, your stories were legendary and your hugs were amazing. You were like by BIG brother during our Hash events and I will miss your cheerful smile. We laughed, a lot, we cried, and we dined well. Rest easy Spur.

John Pulwers

April 3, 2019

We go through life and occasionally get to know people that make an impression on us. It’s not until they’re gone when you realize how much of an impression. It doesn’t take much time if the person is special. Shanon was one of those people. I wasn’t in Shanon’s immediate circle of friends. I was perhaps a “Good Acquaintance”. Over 10 years we talked at work (hallways, elevators, company pic-nics, Christmas and Halloween parties) and once at a Happy Hour, and once at a mutual friend’s house shooting the .357 magnum Blackhawk revolver his dad left him. I learned Shanon grew up in a tough neighborhood in Mobile, Alabama. He learned to fight early on as a kid, out of necessity. My understanding is he was a pretty good street fighter. He learned Karate to protect himself (and friends). I believe he got pretty good at it. I took great interest in these aspects of who he was and often inquired to learn more from him. Over the years, I found out Shanon was a legitimate Tough Guy, a very Sweet and Generous Man, a Humble, but very Confident Man. I liked him a lot. I got his cell phone number when he left the job for a better job. I wanted to call him sometime. I never did. I’m sorry I didn’t. The few moments of history we shared together are special. I wish I had taken the opportunity to get another one. My favorite time with Shanon was when we were out at one of his good friend’s farm shooting guns. He let me shoot his Dad’s Ruger Black Hawk .357 magnum with a nearly 8” barrel. He let me shoot a lot. I was shooting it with one hand with my arm outstretched to the side using my natural eye to sight the target. Someone asked me, “Why are you shooting it like that…why don’t you hold it with both hands, like you’re supposed too?” Shanon said, “That’s a legitimate way to shoot it…you can do it that way too!” Shanon was a Very Sweet Tough Guy who could really be a very Loyal and Protective Friend. God Bless Your Soul Shanon. I’m very glad I got to know you. John Pulwers

Matt Kniller

April 3, 2019

I was introduced to Shanon by some of his friends and a colleague of mine due to our shared interest in video games. Shanon quickly became a good friend and a solid gaming buddy. Shanon was also a huge supporter of my Extra Life efforts and was always willing to stay up with me to complete those 24 hour gaming marathons. His generous heart and outspoken nature will be greatly missed. I will miss you brother. Save a seat on the couch and an controller for me so that the next time we meet I can be your player 2.