Frankie Benton, Sr. & Vivian Cole Route Dyess

Frankie Benton, Sr.

Frankie Benton Sr. was a WWII veteran, neighborhood organizer, businessman, activist, and civil rights worker. His community involvement included the NAACP, Board Member of the First Community Action Program, President of Concerned Citizens of Palmers Crossing and other organizations. Mr. Benton’s businesses included the 1st Parcel Delivery service, auto sales, a janitorial service, a laundromat and developer of the Benton Estates Subdivision.

Vivian Cole Route Dyess

Vivian Cole Dyess was an elementary teacher at W.H. Jones Elementary School. Dyess had a 35-year teaching career and was known for never missing a day. In addition, she served as a president of the Mobile-Bouie Neighborhood Association, as well as Sunday superintendent at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in addition to playing the piano.