Ray Eugene Dillard

Born: Wed., Feb. 24, 1926
Died: Fri., Nov. 29, 2013


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 01, 2013
Location: Providence Baptist Church

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Dec. 01, 2013
Location: Providence Baptist Church

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Ray Dillard, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 29, 2013 after a courageous fight with declining health over the past few years. Although his long fought battle with illness often robbed him of breath and strength, he was never bereft of his humor, wit, and gift of gab!
Ray was born February 24, 1926 in Erwin, North Carolina to the late Carl and Pearl Prather Dillard. After attending public schools in Danville, Virginia, he entered World War II after Pearl Harbor and served in the United States Navy for the duration. After the war Ray resided at various times in Greensboro and Danville and was employed at a number of different jobs. On June 03, 1966 he married his wife, Nell Gibson Dillard, who survives him.
Ray retired from Dan River Mills after many years of faithful employment. He was an avid gardener who shared his abundant harvests with his friends, neighbors, and church family. For many years, shoppers in Danville and the surrounding area enjoyed his greens, squash, and berries at the Midtown Market. Ray was a long time member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had recently received his 40 year chip. He was a faithful member of Providence Baptist Church where he served as deacon, usher, and choir member. Ray was a lover of music and often sang while he played the banjo and guitar. Ray was also a Civil War buff, and he enjoyed a vast knowledge of its battles and generals.
In addition to his wife, Nell, Ray is survived by one son, Bobby Dillard of Manassas, VA; brothers:; Jack Dillard, of McLeansville, NC and Paul Dillard, of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his son, Sandy Dillard and brother, James Dillard.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 Pm on Sunday December 01, 2013 at Providence Baptist Church with Reverend Lee Cook and Reverend James L. Grasty, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday, December 01, 2013 at the church. Interment will follow in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. At other times, the family will be at the residence:  64 Jeffers Rd., Providence, NC. Military honors will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Baptist Church.
Swicegood Funeral Service is respectfully serving the Dillard family.  
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   Posted Fri November 29, 2013



Patrick and Launa Byrd
   Posted Fri November 29, 2013
Today on this day, Heaven will be blessed with with the warmest and kindest of angels. It does my heart good to know that Uncle Ray has made the transition from pain and suffering to the beauty that is Heaven and the afterlife. Launa and I give our warmest condolences to all family that is left behind, grieving. I remember that Uncle Ray wanted to sell me a beautiful antique black truck once. Since I did not family of my own, Ray was part of what I knew as family. Always in good spirit and laughter. He was so much fun to talk to and "carry on" with, especially around Uncle Maynard. Aunt Pearl would hear us all carryin' on in the other room at her house, and just shake her head. We are sorry we are far away and cannot be there for the service. We share our deepest condolences, and pray for Aunt Nell, that she feels the comfort of God, family, and friends in this most difficult time. Blessings to all from the Byrd Family.

Linda McDaniel
   Posted Fri November 29, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I know that Nell will surely miss him. May God be with the family during this time.

scottie jones
   Posted Fri November 29, 2013
This man was loved by many ppl he was a great man and well know ....i will Miss you dearly Uncle Ray......keep the dillard family in your prays!!

Mary McElrath
   Posted Fri November 29, 2013
To: Nellie Bean and Aunt Nell,I am praying for your families strength in the lord to get you through these hard times.It is not easy when we loose a loved one but just know that God never makes mistakes. Just remember the lovely times you had together.Praying for you ,Mary McElrath

Debra Ferrell
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Rays death. My family and I love Ray and Nell. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.

Larry Peele
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
So sorry. Ray is smiling at us from heaven's gates. No more pain. Nell Lisa & I will pray for the comforting hand our of our savior to be with you at this time.
Love Larry & Lisa Peele

Bill Floyd
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
My deepest sympathies to you Nell.I will continue to pray for you in your time of loss and ask our great God to grant you peace.

Druann Blackwell
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
To Nelly Bell I'm sorry for your lost. Thinking of you. Your not alone . The lord is near to all who call on him.

Larry Headley
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
Sorry Uncle Jackie. You will not be alone Uncle Ray, Dad is warming up the Band.

Nancy Watson
   Posted Sat November 30, 2013
Nell sorry to hear of Rays passing. Our thoughs and prays are with you and your family. May God Bless You

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