Obit: Billie Dyess

The sun rose on Billie Faye Alverson Dyess’ life on April 21, 1930 and set 92 years and 3 days later April 24, 2022, when she took her first breath in heaven. Mrs. Billie, as she was affectionally known by many, was blessed as she put it with a good life. Billie was born to William Burnie Alverson and Ella Mae (Nutt) Alverson and spent her childhood in East Texas with her older sister Alma Fountain and younger brother, Frank “Bud” Alverson. After graduating from Port Neches High School, she went to work at Jefferson Chemical Refinery, it was there that this spunky, beautiful red head met the love of her life, Edwin Dyess. They were married for over fifty years when he went to be the Lord in 2002. Together they raised six children. Wanting to rear their children in a more rural setting in the country, Billie and Ed moved to the piney woods between Many and Zwolle, this is the place Ms. Billie called home for the last 70 years. Billie was a faithful member of Zwolle First Baptist Church until her health kept her from attending personally, despite that her love for the Lord and faith was unwavering. Billie will be remembered, by those who knew her as a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend. Billie loved her children unconditionally and always tried to encourage them to develop their strengths. Billie was an excellent cook and businesswoman. Billie and Ed opened one of the first marinas, Shady Lane, on Toledo Bend. There she ran the marina while her boys served as fishing guides. Billie loved to prepare large meals from vegetables grown from the family garden and friends and family were always welcome. When asked in later life, she would always say, if I were a younger woman, I would love to have a family restaurant.

Billie is survived by six children, Kenny Dyess (Bonita) of Monroe, LA; Marilyn Laramy (Howard) of Natchitoches, LA; William “Dan” Dyess (Desiree) of Natchitoches, LA; Harold Craig Dyess (Hazel) of Zwolle, LA; Jerry Dyess (Patricia) of Bronson, Texas; Darryl Dyess (Lisa) of Converse, LA. She was blessed with Grandchildren:12, Great Grandchildren: 13, and 1 Great, Great Grandson; her brother Frank “Bud” Alverson and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends she considered family. She is preceded in death by her parents Bernie and Ella Mae Alverson, her husband Edwin Dyess, an infant son Rusty Dyess, her sister Alma Fountain and sister-in-law Betty Alverson.

In a note left by Billie to be opened at her death, her parting words ring true to her character, “Do not grieve for me, I had a good life. Trust in the Lord and Be Happy! Love Moma

The family would like to especially thank Billie’s only daughter Marilyn Laramy and Howard who selflessly relocated to Louisiana from Tampa, Florida who for the past 17 years has devoted her life to taking care of her mother. Taking her to all her doctor’s appointments and making sure her daily needs were met. Her caregivers over the years, Roxann Faircloth, Carolyn Cates, and Debra Faircloth who treated Billie like their own mother. Allowing her to spend her senior years in the comfort of her own home. All the Doctor’s and Dr. Hogg and his staff whose excellent care gave us many more precious years, and Hospice of Natchitoches for their compassionate care these last few months. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to NSU Dyess Family Scholarship or a charity of your choice.

Her funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 9891 Texas Highway, Many, Louisiana with Bro. Bobby Russell officiating. Billie’s visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with the funeral beginning at 2:00 p.m.; interment will follow at Progress Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Many Chapel

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