Bishop Dingle has Alzheimer's disease.
Bishop Dingle was once a busy and healthy man.
moved to West Coconut Grove in 1947 with his
first wife and three daughters.
business, Dingle Roofing Company
, one of the first African-American-owned businesses in the Grove.
Bishop Dingle is also a spiritual man who began his pastoral legacy in the West Grove in 1953.
Around the same time, Bishop Dingle
passed Dingle Roofing Company
son, Elder David Dingle.
"The doctors say he
won't get any better.
It's getting worse gradually," Dr. Dingle
"I don't know what the end is going to be, but I'm determined, I'm praying to God that I can always keep him home."
Alzheimer's has changed the dynamic of the Dingles' 51-year marriage.
Dr. Dingle, 81, is now the caretaker for her husband.
drives, cooks, cleans, pays bills, and locks the front door to her
home every day to keep her
husband from wandering outside.
"At home he's
walking normally and wants to get out," she
"At the church it's a little different.
sits down between Elder and myself.
Once in a while he
gets up and gets agitated when things are slow."
When things aren't slow at the church however, a spark of familiarity stirs in Bishop Dingle.
While the music plays and the congregation sings and claps, Bishop Dingle can recall song lyrics and sings softly with a smile.
also claps his
hands with closed fists, and points at his
daughter while she
leads the sermon.