Lee James Dyches was born on January 10, 1938 in Denmark, South Carolina to the late Lee and Willie Mae Dyches. He was the oldest of three children from that union.
Lee, also known as “Big Lee” to his family and close friends, grew up in North Philadelphiaand was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. Lee was a huge sports fan and participated on the varsity football team while at Ben Franklin High School. After high school Lee enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. During his service he was recognized with The National Defense Service Medal.
While stationed at The Philadelphia Navy Yard, Lee met Hermell Gary, and in 1958 they were married. From this union three children were born, Lee lll, Anthony and Connie. Lee loved to travel and spend time with his family especially taking trips to his hometown every summer. The marriage dissolved, but Lee and Hermell remained close and raised their family together.
Lee’s interest included sports, music, visiting relatives on holidays, traveling, watching old westerns on TV, studying the Bible and of course spending time with his children who were his pride and joy.
Lee worked as a foremen at SMS Auto for over 30 years and offered employment opportunities to many friends and relatives. Lee enjoyed laughing and joking with family. He had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back.
Lee met and married the late Louise Dyches,in 1990 and they remained married until her passing.
Later in life Lee accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior and dedicated his life to serving God.
Lee joined Zion Hill and moved through the ranks as a Deacon then later became aMinister. He was ordained as an Elder in 1994.He served as head of the Evangelism Department as the Men’s Coordinator in Zion Hill, was a member of the Philadelphia Police Clergy and was the President of the Delaware Valley District Evangelism Department.
After the passing of his mentor, Pastor Gooding, and many years of serving under histutelage, Elder Lee James Dyches was officially installed as the Pastor of Zion Hill, Church of God in Christ.
In the recent years Pastor Dyches’ healthdeclined to the point where he was no longer capable of living independently. His daughter Connie dedicated countless hours for the care of her father. The two of them spoke daily and always lifted each other up spiritually. By the grace of God Pastor Dyches was able to get back on his feet and resume his duties at Zion Hill.
Pastor Dyches spent his last day doing what he was most passionate about, preaching the word of God. He preached his final sermon on Sunday September 8, 2019 on Salvation before peacefully transitioning into glory.
Celebrating his life and honoring his legacy are his children: Two Sons, Lee James Dyches lll and Anthony Herman Dyches, Two Daughters, Minister Constance Dyches Berry (Harold) and Angelique Chapman. Three Sisters, Sarah Austin, Jean Bethune and Brenda Bethune-Long (William). Two Brothers, Zachary Dyches and Alan Dyches (Erlene). One Uncle, Whaley Dyches. One Special Niece, Dr. Rochelle Coles. Eighteen grandchildren, Twenty-three great grandchildren and a host of family, church family and friends.