Rev. Richard Clement Dyson, Sr., 83, of Frederick, MD, made his transition from labor to reward peacefully on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Warm Hearts Assisted Living, Mt. Airy, MD. He was born July 8, 1933, to the late John Clement and Mary Pearl Butler Dyson, in Bushwood, MD. Rev. Dyson described his hometown to people as the place where there are, "...bushes on one side and woods on the other." \n\nHe graduated from Banneker High School, Bushwood, MD, in 1951. Rev. Dyson served in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1953. He worked in Civilian service for the US Government beginning with the State Department and retiring from the Government Printing Office in 1982. He was also a graduate of Cortez Peters Business School. Rev. Dyson was known for his dedication and work ethic. In 1964, he married the late Hazel Smallwood Dyson and created a lifetime of memories until her passing in 2003. \n\nRev. Dyson was dedicated to the Suitland community and surrounding areas. He was a member of the Suitland Civic Association and the Braxton Village Men's Club. He was also a faithful member of Hunter Memorial A.M.E. Church, Suitland, MD, where he first gave his life to the Lord on May 17, 1974. God called him to ministry in 1981, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. George A. Manning. During his tenure at Hunter Memorial, Rev. Dyson served as Pro-Tem of the Steward Board for 19 years, Class Leader, President of the Pastor's Presidential Council, and Financial Secretary. Additionally, he started a bread and food ministry from ten different local Safeway stores to feed the hungry and those in need. \n\nIn October 1984, Rev. Dyson was appointed by Bishop John H. Adams to serve as Pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Knoxville, MD. Rev. Dyson was proud of all that he accomplished during his 22 years as Pastor to include purchasing the church for $1.00 and completing a full restoration of the sanctuary. The house next door was given to the church for free and became the Fellowship Hall and the fueling station across the street became the church office. Rev. Dyson was well known for his street ministry and most popularly recognized for preaching at the John Hanson projects to draw people to Christ and run the drug dealers out of the area. Rev. Dyson established many ministries throughout his career as Pastor to include but not limited to The Feed the Hungry Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, Veterans Administration Ministry, Job Corps Ministry, and Prison Ministry. Under his leadership, more than a dozen individuals were touched by his ministry, that they too became Pastors and/or ministers in the community. He served in various aspects of the Frederick County community and surrounding areas to include but not limited to the Beacon House Board of Directors, police chaplain for the Frederick County Police Department, and hospital chaplain for Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was a voice on "The Pastor's Prayer Line" for 13 years on WJTM 88.1 FM. Even after his retirement, Rev. Dyson continued to minister and serve the community, accepting speaking engagements, assisting with the Frederick Cold Weather Shelter and continuing to serve the Beacon House in Frederick, MD. He was also a Bible Study teacher at the Maryland Sheriff's Youth Ranch. \n\nHe married the late Pastor Erma Ambush Dyson in 2004 and became an associate member of Hopehill United Methodist Church, Frederick, MD, often helping to advise his wife on pastoral affairs and tag teaming sermons and engagements until her untimely death in 2014. There at Hopehill, he led the Prayer Night every third Friday of the month, a member of the Class Leaders, and the Prayer Team. He was also one of the Prayer Warriors. He would occasionally preach a sermon, but most often led Sunday Prayer. \n\nRev. Dyson was a pillar in the communities to which he served. He loved helping people and always made a friend. Many people that grew up with his children and grandchildren looked to him as a community Dad and Granddad. He was a favorite Uncle amongst his many nieces and nephews. He believed firmly in the power of prayer and would often quote, "No Prayer, No Power, Little Prayer, Little Power, Much Prayer, Much Power!" He also was a man of faith. Rev. Dyson lived by the scripture John 9:4, "I must work while it is day, for night cometh when no man can work." He would always let congregations know that he loved them by saying, "God loves you, I love you, and there ain't nothing you can do about it!" \n\nHe leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Timothy "Tim" Dyson (Patricia), Waldorf, MD, and Richard "Ricky" Dyson, Jr., Washington, DC; granddaughters, Jenise "Robin" Coleman (Miquel), Ashburn, VA, Brittany Dyson, Waldorf, MD, and devoted granddaughter, Nicole Johnston (Mike), Frederick, MD; great-grandchildren, Latisha, Antonio, Marquis, Zenise, Kenneth, Cameron, Ciara, and Camari; great-great grandchildren, Kadence, Kennadie, and Antonio, Jr.; seven sister-in-laws; one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews. Rev. Dyson will also be remembered fondly by Dozine Dyson, the residents and staff of Warm Hearts Assisted Living III, Michelle Lipscomb & sons, and the entire congregations of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church & Hopehill United Methodist Church. \n\nIn addition to his parents and wives, Rev. Dyson was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Renee Lewis in 2014; siblings, John Alfred Dyson, James Thomas Dyson, Isaac Alexandria Dyson, Mary Lillian Burton, Agnes Josephine Dyson, Susan Gertrude Tyer, Pearl Madeline Beatty, Julia Louise Clement Dyson, and Sara Ann Loretta Sommerville. \n\nThe family wishes to extend a special thanks to Ms. Pamela Eaton (Caring Hands) and Ms. Connie Robinson (Warm Hearts Assisted Living). Rev. Dyson had a special relationship with everyone that cared for him over the last few years, but he was especially fond of Patrick and Noah, who cared for him up until his transition. Cards, expressions of love, and condolences should be sent to The Dyson Family c/o Nicole Johnston, 5701 Trailview Court, Apt. A33, Frederick, Maryland 21703.