By Alice Ortiz/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Jim and Lynn Dye of Amory recently donated memorabilia of their son, John, to Amory Regional Museum.
John, who was born in Amory and went on to a career as an actor in Hollywood, died in January 2011.
He did a lot of television series. The longest running and most famous was the “Touched By An Angel” series with Roma Downey and Della Reese.
He played Andrew “Angel of Death” on the series, which ran for nine seasons before ending in 2003.
“This is a very nice gift from the Dye family,” said Bo Miller, museum director. “It is quite an extensive collection.”
There are so many items that they cannot be displayed at one time. Miller said they would probably switch the display about once a year.
The collection contains jackets, tote bags, movies, photos of Dye with famous people, shooting schedules, video tapes of television shows he was in, notes and other items from the first episode of “Touched By An Angel” series he directed.
There is extra stuff such as a never worn crew jacket with price tags still on it, and ten new “Touched By An Angel” T-shirts. Miller said these items will be sold on Ebay to raise money for the museum. Also, DVDs from the show will also be sold to raise funds for the museum.
Jim and Lynn, who are big supporters of the museum, wanted to give back something to the community, and donating John’s memorabilia was a way to do that.
“The museum is a place where John’s memorabilia can be preserved and enjoyed by people who liked the movies and series he was in,” said Jim Dye. “This brings a little Hollywood environment back home to Amory where it began.”