AZCM  Alister Dial

AZCM Alister Jerome Dial Sr.

Tuesday, September 18th, 1951 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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AZCM Alister Jerome Dial, loving husband and father, departed this life and gained his heavenly wings
on Monday September 21, 2020.

Alister Jerome Dial age 69, was born on September 18, 1951, to James Alister Dial and the late Juanita
Ferrell Dial in Greenville, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his sibling, Harnetha Rodgers. He
was the fourth of six children and the only male. He had a special relationship with his siblings. Being the
only male, he was their protector and guardian.

He attended Washington High School and later graduated from Wade Hampton High School in 1970,
where he held the position of the first African American Student Body President of an integrated school.
He attended South Carolina State University for one year and left to enlist in the United States Navy. He
was a highly decorated member of the United States Navy.

His military career began at the early age of 21. Professional excellence and dedication to duty were his
hallmarks during faithful and honorable service. His career began February 1972 and included these
challenging assignments:

Recruit Training Center Great Lakes, IL; Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana at Norfolk; Helicopter Mine
Countermeasures Squadron (HM-12), (NAS) Norfolk; HM-16, (NAS) Norfolk; VC-2, (NAS) Oceana; VF-43,
(NAS) Oceana; VA-85, (NAS) Oceana; AIMD (NAS) Bermuda; VS-30, (NAS) Cecil Field, FL; AIMD, (NAS)
Cecil Field, and COMNAVAIRLANT Norfolk VA.

Alister was the epitome of a sailor. He served on many of the nation's most powerful aircraft carriers
such as the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS John F. Kennedy, USS Saratoga (CV-3), USS Nimitz
and USS Forrestal (CV-59).

In Alister’s final assignment with the Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, he served as NALCOMIS Phase II
Team Leader. Due to his untiring efforts, wisdom and experience, AIRLANT forces enjoyed a
substantially higher degree of readiness than ever before.

Alister retired from the Navy in January of 2000 with 28 years of distinguished active duty service by
being awarded the following awards and decorations: Meritorious Service Medal; Navy & Marine Corps
Commendation Medal with (6) gold stars; Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with (3) gold stars;
Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Navy Good Conduct award with (5) bronze stars and numerous other
awards and unit awards.

After retirement Alister gave 15 additional years to the government as a civil servant, working as the
Department Head for AMAMT MTU/CNATTU (NAS) Jacksonville, FL, giving him a total of 43 years of
government service to our country.

He leaves to cherish his fond memories, his best friend, high school sweetheart and wife for over 50
years; Martha Dial, two daughters; Dr. Shanna Dawn Scott of Greenville, SC and Ronoshia Nicole Bryan
of Jacksonville, FL, one son; Alister Jerome Dial Jr of Jacksonville, FL, four grandchildren; James Edward
Miles III and Maurice Arness Vickers Jr of Greenville, SC and Alishia Jade Dial and Alister Jerome Dial III of
Jacksonville, FL, four sisters: Helen Irby of Greenville, SC, Gail (Johnny) Floyd of Piedmont, SC, Shelia
(Dale) Posley of Greenville, SC, and Janis (Anthony) Rogers of Laurens, SC and one great grandson, ZyKing Alexander Miles of Greenville, SC.

The funeral service for AZCM Alister Jerome Dial, Sr., will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at the The Springs 317 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. The visitation will be 10:00 - 11:00 am, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at the The Springs 317 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. Private Interment. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    The Springs
    317 Blanding Blvd
    Orange Park, FL 32073
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    The Springs
    317 Blanding Blvd
    Orange Park, FL 32073
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

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Mr Dial, Master Chief, Mentor, and friend will be greatly missed. Praying for your family during this time of loss. The Mengel family
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Nikki Bryan

Posted at 01:43am
Posted on behalf of Edd Allen

Alister, my friend! I hope you have made your journey peacefully. I want you to know that I will miss you. Especially when I think back to the time I came to see you at your home and we sat in the Patriot room to watch the game. We laughed, got excited , and broke bread together. Very few people have come into my life and have been truly genuine to me. I still remember the first time you walked into my place of work with this prestige and pedigree about you, pocket-square in your suit and yet you complimented me on the suit I was wearing. You didn’t know it then, but that meant a lot to me. I wish I could have watched another Patriot game in your company, or give me tips on suit and tie combinations, or just ask me about an Audi......Thank you! And you are with our Father now and that is comforting to know. I can be happy and rejoice in that. I just want to say that I am thankful to have known you Alister Dial, and thankful for your friendship. You will be missed by me, your lovely wife and family, and all of the other people you may have touched in your time here. Please rest well I want you to know that you were loved.

Nikki Bryan

Posted at 01:41am
Posted On behalf of Diane Ballenger

My dear brother, AZCM Alister Jerome Dial, Sr. married to my sister Martha, for 50 years. I already miss you. You have been a true brother to me. I always looked forward to receiving a good morning or good afternoon text from you. My heart is sad because of your absent. But I know “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” You were such a Great man, you loved your family and your fellow man, everyone that came in contact with you knew it because of the things you did. Any time I needed help with my computer, you would talk me through the difficulty on the phone. You always helped me in any way you could. Thank you my brother for always being there for our entire family. Thank you for giving words of encouragement when needed. Thank you for the wise counsel. I thank God for allowing you to be a part of my family and being such a great brother in law to me. You worked hard and walked in your God given destiny. I thank God for you. Thank you Alister for all you did to make life better for others who were blessed to know you. I love you my brother. Rest In Peace!!! We will see you again.

Nikki Bryan

Posted at 01:40am
Posted on behalf of OConnor B Shannon (P M OB Shannon)

I went to bed last night, mourning the loss of a longtime (47 years) friend, who passed away on September 21st. Let it be known, I will cherish my friendship with AZCM, USN, Retired Alister Dial, wish for him the peace we all desire. And, I pray that his family is comforted by our Lord. And they accept my condolences. As a fellow traveling man, I ask that the GAOTU accept this laborer, for his heavenly reward. SMIB

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