Lester Wayne Dyson Sr., affectionally known as “BB,” entered eternal life on Wednesday, December 23, 2022, at the age of 72, surrounded by his beloved family, at St. Mary’s Medstar Hospital in Leonardtown Maryland. Lester was born May 18, 1950, in Leonardtown Maryland. He was one of sixteen (16) children born to the late James and Jeannette Dyson. He was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School System.
Lester was just a dedicated and hardworking man. In his earlier years, he claims his passion as a Waterman, a trade that engulfed the family history. He worked for several construction companies: Riley Brothers Construction, Shelton Realtor Construction, and P. Dyson Construction until his illness. Lester’s passion and work ethic was a Home Builder whom he collaborated alongside with his brother, Preston Dyson, for many years. This was a dynamite team that built homes in St. Mary’s, Charles, and Calvert Counties. The team did not stop with these two brothers; it included his brothers, Andrew (Bubbie) and Earl as painters, James (Jr.) as carpenter, and Irvin providing excavating services, supporting their entrepreneurial endeavors.
Lester was baptized under the leadership of Pastor Randolph Strong, Saint Matthews Free Gospel Church, Leonardtown, Maryland. On that particular day, it was a family dedication (his wife and children were baptized) during the church annual Family & Friends Day.
Lester was the “Jack of all Trades;” it was nothing he could not build or fix, and even gardening, which led to canning some of his pride produce.
Lester was married to Debra Collins- Dyson (they later divorced and remained best friends until his death), and the joy of six (6) children. Lester’s love for family was unspeakable. Lester’s jubilant laugh was so heartwarming that when you came into his presence, you knew you were loved by a man that believed that family was the pentacle of life, and his door to his home was open to all that entered.
Lester was his sons’ mentor, a father who loved, and supported them. They imitated their daddy’s “can do” attitude and worked hard. When called upon to work, they would say “this is how my daddy taught me.”
His calm demeanor says it all, until those “Redskins” lost. But do not call him “Lester”; they would ask who you are talking about – all knew him by one name “BB.”
Lester leaves to cherish his memories his six (6) children, William Jordan, Deanna Mills, Kashif, Sariesha, Lester Jr. aka “Tinka”, and Carla Dyson. His heart was filled with so much love for his children and passion for his thirteen (13) grandchildren. Some of whom dearly named him “Popoose.” Also, eleven (11) surviving brothers and sisters: Pauline Dyson of Great Mills, MD, James (Junior) Dyson of Lexington Park, MD, Andrew Dyson of Valley Lee, MD, Preston Dyson (Linda) of Drayden, MD, Frank Dyson (Elouise) of Park Hall, MD, Linda Lawrence (Charles) of Valley Lee, MD, Pastor Kenneth Dyson (Janice) of Augusta, GA, Sharon Dyson of Morristown, TN, Janice Dyson of Washington, DC, Patrick “Darnell” Dyson (Ashley) of Lexington Park, MD; Godchild, Kevin Dyson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, friends, and neighbors and special friends, Quita and Josh Brooks, and James Curtis Sr.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jeanette Dyson, sister, Eleanor Dyson; brothers, Alvin, Carroll, Earl, and Irving Dyson; grandson, Makki Dyson.
Family and friends will unite on Thursday, January 5, 2023 for visitation from 9:30 am – 11:00 am; service from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at First Missionary Baptist Church, 46370 Pegg Lane, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Interment to follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD 20650.