I’m happy to announce that the 35th Annual Dingler Family Reunion will be held in Montgomery, Alabama, July 18-20. The reunion has been in Montgomery four times before, the most recent in 1996.  This year will be the 30th anniversary of the first Montgomery reunion in 1984.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Staybridge Suites (Eastchase) at a daily rate of $109 plus tax.  To book your room, call the hotel at 334-277-9383 and ask for the Dingler Family Reunion rate. For more information about the hotel, you can visit their website. The hotel is located east of Montgomery just of I-80.  The Shoppes at Eastchase, a new open-air shopping mall is nearby, and downtown Montgomery is only 9 miles away on the interstate.

If you’re looking for things to do in Montgomery, check out the Visit Montgomery website.

We’ll post more as details become available. If you will be joining us in Montgomery this July, please send us an email at reunion@dingler-family.org and let us know. Please include the number of adults and children who will be attending. Having an accurate count of attendees will help us plan the Saturday night dinner meeting.

Back in 2008, I added a couple of posts about the Dingler and Sticher cemetery in Douglas County, Georgia. (March 22, 2008 post and May 31, 2008 post) after receiving information from Sandy Whittington, the Chairman of the Douglas County Cemetery Preservation Committee. Sandy emailed me again recently to let me know that the cemetery received its annual cleaning last month.

Every Thursday, they work with an inmate crew and deputy to clean the fifty-seven abandoned cemeteries in the county. This ensures that every cemetery gets an annual cleaning. Sandy said that the cemetery was grown up some, but that it and the other cemeteries don’t get too overgrown thanks to the annual cleaning schedule.

If you’re in the area and want to visit the cemetery, check out the posts I referenced above for additional information. I’d like to give Sandy and her organization a big shout out.  You can find out more about the Douglas County Cemetery Preservation Committee on the Douglas County website.


Jessie DinglerSome sad news to report. We received word from Glenn Dingler of Little Rock that his wife Jessie passed away.  Glenn and Jessie have been fixtures at the annual Dingler Reunion for many years, but they weren’t able to attend this year. Our thoughts and prayers are with Glenn and his family.

The obituary from the Roller Funeral Home website is included below.  There is an online guestbook if you would like to leave a comment, as well as a video of photos of Jessie throughout her life.

Jessie Marie Dingler

May 18, 1933 – August 24, 2013

Jessie Marie Dingler, 80, of North Little Rock departed this life on Saturday, August 24, 2013.  She was born May 18, 1933 in Ida, LA, to the late Harvey and Elsie Gilbert.  On November 4, 1955, Jessie married Glenn Dingler and together they had three sons.  They were married 57 years.  She loved family gatherings, and getting together with friends.

Jessie enjoyed staying busy, whether working at the AR Revenue Department, AR State Legislature, Dillard’s Department Store, or JC Penney, or in her yard.  Jessie appreciated knick-knacks and other décor that turned a house into a home.  She even owned a gift shop called Arcade Gifts and Accents for over 6 years in West Little Rock.  An Arkansas Democrat Profile on Business article stated, “The gift business has always been fascinating to Jessie, even before she opened her store.  She said that in working two consecutive Christmases at Dillard’s Department Store, she specifically asked to be placed in the gift department.”  Jessie loved serving her customers, saying, “It’s exciting to find that one special thing for them.”

Church was very important to Jessie.  She was active in her church, Windsong Church of Christ, where she was also a member of WOW (Women of Windsong).  Jessie served with her husband in a number of overseas mission trips, teaching English as a second language with the Bible. In addition to her parents, Jessie was preceded in death by three brothers James Gilbert, Jimmy Ray Gilbert, and Tommy Gilbert.  She is survived by her husband, Glenn Dingler of North Little Rock; her three sons, Robert, Michael, and Steven, and their wives; three grandchildren and four grand-dogs; two sisters, Sue Braun and Mary Albright, and their husbands; one brother, John Gilbert and his wife; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank the Sherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation staff, Odyssey Hospice staff, and Hospice Home Care staff for their comfort, support, and friendship.  Her last days were peaceful, and she was surrounded by her family, which she held dear.

Memorials can be sent to the Southern Christian Home, a mission that serves school-age children (P.O. Box 649, Morrilton, AR 72110); Partners in Progress, a medical mission to take staff and supplies up rivers in third world countries and sponsored by Windsong Church of Christ (P.O. Box 13989, Maumelle, AR 72113), or the Alzheimer’s Association (10002 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205). Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Monday, August 26, 2013 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 JFK Blvd, North little Rock, AR 72116, 1- 501-791-7400.    Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at Windsong Church of Christ, 3 Windsong Dr., North Little Rock, Arkansas, with John Gipson and Joe Chesser officiating. Internment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park in North Little Rock. Online guestbook:   www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/owens

The Saturday night dinner for the Dingler reunion will be at 5 PM at the Sagebrush Steakhouse. We will be ordering off the menu and each party will be responsible for their own check. We will have a private room and a small spillover area just outside the room.

Sagebrush Steakhouse
140 Regency Center Dr
Mooresville, NC 28117

Directions from the Hotel

  1. Depart Norman Station Blvd toward NC-150 / W Plaza Dr — 0.2 mi
  2. Turn left onto NC-150 / W Plaza Dr – 0.4 mi
  3. Turn right onto Regency Center Dr – 0.2 mi
  4. Arrive at 140 Regency Center Dr

The Dingler Family Newsletter for Spring/Summer 2013 is now available for download. Click the link provided below to view the newsletter.

Dingler Newsletter 2013 (You will need Adobe Reader to view the file.)

The newsletter includes additional details about the reunion, so don’t miss it!