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Heritage Chapel Funeral Home

5200 Old Birmingham Hwy, Tuscaloosa, AL

OBITUARY

Gail Barton Dyess

September 27, 1940May 17, 2019

Gail Barton Dyess

TUSCALOOSA - Gail Barton Dyess, age 78, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 17, 2019, surrounded by love and her family. She was born September 27, 1940, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., to James and Alline Barton. She was a 1958 graduate of Tuscaloosa High School. Gail married the love of her life, Robert E. Dyess, on January 25, 1961 in Tuscaloosa, recently celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. A natural caregiver all of her life, Gail received her RN at DeKalb Community College and enterostomal therapy certificate at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She was a nurse for over 20 years, retiring from DCH Regional in Tuscaloosa.

Gail and Bob moved with their two beloved daughters, Teena and Melanie, all around the country from New York to Alabama, and enjoyed experiencing new places and staying close with friends from all over, particularly Harrell and Peggy McKinney. She lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures – studying the bible, spending time with her family, taking care of her uncle, parents, and grandchildren, and soaking in the warm sunshine and fresh water at Stillwaters on Lake Martin. In addition to the Lord and her family, Gail also adored the Evans-Garner Sunday School at Calvary Baptist Church and her Community Bible Study. She also cherished her time with aunts, Jean Watson and Betty Pritchett, and cousin, Peggy Smith.

She will be remembered for her servant heart, joyful attitude, and gentle nature. As a devout Christian throughout her life, all those that love her take comfort in knowing Gail was welcomed into heaven with a joyful noise. “Well done good and faithful servant, well done” (Matthew 25:23).

Family and friends touched by the life of Gail are invited to Heritage Chapel Funeral Home on 5200 Old Birmingham Hwy at 2 p.m. with a visitation one hour before on Monday, May 20, 2019, to reminisce and celebrate her beautiful life. The service will be officiated by Dr. Tim Lovett.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Dyess; her children, Teena Swift (Carter Swift Sr.) and Melanie Graham (Walt Graham); her grandchildren, Carter Swift Jr. (Betsy), Robert Swift (Melissa), Sarah Swift (Taylor Standish), Susanna Swift, Gayle Faught (Josh), Parker Graham (Sarah Elizabeth); and her great-grandchildren, David, Sarah Kate, Ella, Carson, Given, and Alice.

Pallbearers include Carter Swift, Jr., Robert Swift, Parker Graham, Josh Faught, Allen Morrison, and Fred Graham.

Honorary pallbearers include Dr. Ross Vaughn and Dr. David Hinton. A special thank you to her caregivers: Tamika, Terralyn, Daphne, and Kwana.

Please consider memorial donations to Calvary Baptists’ Acts 1:8 Fund or Hospice of West Alabama.

Condolences may be offered at www.HeritageChapelTuscaloosa.com.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her husband, Robert Dyess; her children, Teena Swift (Carter Swift Sr.) and Melanie Graham (Walt Graham); her grandchildren, Carter Swift Jr. (Betsy), Robert Swift (Melissa), Sarah Swift (Taylor Standish), Susanna Swift, Gayle Faught (Josh), Parker Graham (Sarah Elizabeth); and her great-grandchildren, David, Sarah Kate, Ella, Carson, Given, and Alice.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Carter Swift Jr.
  • Robert Swift
  • Parker Graham
  • Josh Faught
  • Allen Morrison
  • Fred Graham

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, May 20, 2019

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Joy & Frank Deason

May 23, 2019

Our thoughts & prayers are with you all in the passing of a beautiful Christian like Gail!!
Our heartfelt sympathies are with you.

Love in Jesus Christ Our Precious Lord & Savior,

Joy & Frank Deason

Cynthia Sneed

May 19, 2019

Gail was one of the very finest n most devout Christian women I have ever known.
She was a tireless and selfless caregiver and raised beautiful, intelligent Christian daughters.
That she chose a career in nursing was apropos, providing a path for her journey of selflessness and love.
Gail adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her precious Godly parents, her husband Bob, her aunts and cousins and her kitty cat.
Proverbs 31: 10 - 31 describes the virtues of a Godly woman.
Gail Dyess exemplifies every single virtue described and is the woman we, as Christian women, should all strive to be all of our lives.
The love, dignity, class and grace Gail exhibited daily was effortless and genuine. The legacy she leaves is not of this material world but a legacy of love and service few will ever achieve.
If anyone has noticed the moon and the stars have been much brighter over the last two days. I believe there is a bright star in the floor of heaven where we know she is watching all those she loved here on this mortal coil.
Think of Gail with a smile and much love in your heart for she, like Timothy, "knows whom she has believed and was persuaded that he was able to keep that which she had committed unto him against this very day."

Kay Royal

May 19, 2019

Keeping you all close in thoughts and prayers as you move through the next days, weeks, months and years. Know that your love and memories, and the love you have for each other, will see you through the difficult days, the days of just plain missing her. God bless you all and bring you peace and comfort.

Judy Ogden

May 18, 2019

Bob and family, My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved Gail. Although I had not met Gail personally, I know from your stories how important she was in your life. May you find strength in your memories. Love and prayers for you all.