Walter "Jimmy" B. Dyess
Walter "Jimmy" B. Dyess
August 5, 1932 - November 11, 2021


Walter B. “Jimmy” Dyess, 89, of Palatka, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at Kiva Assisted Living in Palatka following an extended illness.

Jimmy was born in St. Augustine and was raised in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1951 and had served honorably in the United States Coast Guard from 1951 to 1953. He had worked for 17 years with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office under Walton Pellicer and Taylor Douglas where he served as a deputy. He had worked for over 40 years with Florida Power and Light, serving in various positions including customer service before retiring in 2000. At one point during his many careers, he worked as an ambulance driver as well as helping his first wife with her business “Catering by Betty Dyess” for 16 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and reading.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Rodeniser Dyess and his parents, Walter and Orilla Dyess.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Barbara Dyess of Palatka, his son, Terry (Lanette) Dyess of St. Augustine; his daughter, Debbie (Mitch) Clark of San Mateo; step-son, Dan (Janna) Massey of Hawthorne; step-daughter, Danette (Tim) Shell of St. Augustine; six grandchildren, Bailey (Mitch) Jones, Scott Green, Chad (Samantha) Brunner, Justin Brunner, Dan (Jane) Bush, and Stephanie (Jeremy) Michael; five step-grandchildren, Sarina (Steve) Weichens, Miranda Inabinett, Brent (Alicia) Futch, Jacob (Tara) Massey, and Jordan (Andrea) Massey; numerous great grandchildren; and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Michael Hudson officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be made to Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road, Palatka, FL 32177.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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