Memphis Flyer

Veteran Rendezvous server Jack Dyson dies at 83

Michael Donahue Oct 6, 2018 22:01 PM
Jack Dyson

Jack Dyson, 83, a beloved Rendezvous server who worked at the restaurant 48 years, died Oct. 5.

“He was a diabetic and he had issues from diabetes,” says his wife, Bobbie Ann Dyson. “One thing after another.”

She and Dyson “were together for 58 years.”

He loved watching sports, she said.

But the Rendezvous was where he spent a lot of his time.

“He loved the Rendezvous,” she said. “That was his family. All of them. They were all family there.”

Her husband usually ate at the restaurant, but he might have a snack after he got home after the restaurant closed.

On his off days, they’d go to the movies, visit family and friends, go out to dinner.

“Jack always had a smile,” says John Vergos, one of the Rendezvous owners. “He remembered people’s names. He worked really hard. He was proud of his military service. He was stationed in Korea. (In the) Army.”

He was “a real family person,” Vergos said. “Real tragedy happened to him about 10 years ago. His son, who was a police officer, died in a car wreck.”

Dyson, who once said some people waited three hours just to have him serve them, said he was one of the Rendezvous servers who could take orders from six or seven tables at the same time without writing anything down and then remember who got what.

His regulars wanted to sit on "Big Jack's" side of the restaurant, which was the left side on the North side of the restaurant.

Several of the servers waited on celebrities, but, Vergos said, “Jack waited on most of them.

“He always waited on Kemmons Wilson. And he always waited on the Wilson kids.”

Dyson retired in 2013.

In addition to his wife, Dyson leaves three sons: Kenneth Reese, Tony Bailey, Demond “Money” Dyson and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.