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Earl Dyer

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Title

Earl Dyer

Subject

Dyer, Earl Franklin (1927-2008)
African American - Virginia - Woodstock
Soldiers - United States - Virginia - Shenandoah County

Description

Earl grew up in Woodstock and lived with his grandmother, Lizzie Dyer, and his mother, Mary Dyer (1908-1947), for several years on W. Spring Street. His father was Frank Brock.

Earl was 18 years old when he registered for the WWII draft. At the time, he was a student at the Manassas Industrial School in Manassas, Virginia. He was described as being 5’7” tall and 130 pounds. He enlisted in the Army and served from January 1946 to May 1947, when he was discharged.

The 1950 census found him back on W. Spring Street in his grandmother’s household. He was not working and his Aunt Ella M. and Uncle John, lived there as well.

He married Audrey Elynor Alsberry, the daughter of Jordan and Roberta Bell (Adams) Alsberry. She was from Strasburg. Their marriage lasted many years but ended in divorce.

When he died, the Northern Virginia Daily published an obituary that noted “he had been employed by Shenandoah Telephone Co. He also was a barber, music teacher, cook at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and played piano for many functions in the area. He was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Woodstock, serving as choir director and pianist. He was an associate member of Stony Creek Church of the Brethren, playing the organ and piano on fourth Sundays.”

Earl was buried in Riverview Cemetery in Woodstock

Creator

Morrison Studio

Source

Morrison Studio Collection - Shenandoah County Historical Society

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

Ca 1940's

Contributor

Identified by Elizabeth "Liz" Alsberry, who was a friend of the subject and remembered he played the piano well.
Additional biographical information was compiled from public sources.

Rights

IN COPYRIGHT - NON-COMMERCIAL USE PERMITTED

Identifier

003385

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Original Format

Glass Negatives

Citation

Morrison Studio, “Earl Dyer,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed May 22, 2024, https://archives.countylib.org/items/show/30064.

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