Gladys Dyson

1939–16 May 2010 (Age 71)
Louisiana, United States

The Life of Gladys

When Gladys Dyson was born in 1939, in Louisiana, United States, her father, Felix Dyson, was 31 and her mother, Estelle Broussard, was 27. She lived in Seale, Russell, Alabama, United States in 2010. She died on 16 May 2010, in Phenix City, Lee, Alabama, United States, at the age of 71.

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Felix Dyson
Estelle Broussard
Dudley Dyson
Harry Joseph Dyson
Norris Dyson
Gladys Dyson
Jimmie Dyson

Parents and Siblings



    Dudley Dyson


    Harry Joseph Dyson


    Norris Dyson




World Events (8)

1941 · The Tuskegee Airmen

Age 2

The first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps were known as the Tuskegee Airmen, after the Tuskegee Army Air Field where they trained. The group flew over 15,000 individual sorties during World War II which earned them over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses.  
1942 · Germans Sink Ships Near St. Simons Island

Age 3

Lights from homes along the coast of St. Simons Island provided a clear view of the SS Oklahoma for German U-boat Captain Reinhard Hardegen on April 8, 1942. A German torpedo was fired at the SS Oklahoma shortly after midnight. An hour later, a second torpedo was fired at the oil tanker Esso Baton Rouge. Both ships sunk and the attacks left 22 seamen dead. After the incident, residents of the Golden Isles panicked over concern of a German Invasion of the coast and were stringently observant of a nighttime blackout.  
1961 · The Freedom Riders

Age 22

Civil rights activists known as The Freedom Riders rode buses into segregated southern states to ensure the Supreme Court’s ruling that segregated public buses were unconstitutional was being upheld. The first Freedom Ride left from Washington D.C. on May 4, 1961, and traveled to New Orleans. One bus arrived in Birmingham on May 14 and was met by a white mob. The mob attacked the bus, slashed the tires, broke the windows, and threw a bomb onto the bus. The Freedom Riders barely escaped the flames. The Freedom Riders continued on and encountered segregation and violence and brought national attention to disregard of federal laws in the South.

Name Meaning

1 English (chiefly Yorkshire): metronymic from Dye .2 Possibly an Americanized spelling of Danish, German, and Norwegian Theisen or German Theissen .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Gladys Dyson in household of Felix Dyson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mrs Gladys M Jones, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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