James "Duke" Dillard

Born: Mon., Mar. 22, 1920
Died: Mon., Jul. 3, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 07, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 07, 2017
Location: Welch Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 08, 2017
Location: Welch Funeral Home

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James "Duke" Dillard, 97, of Ford City, died Monday, July 3, 2017, in ACMH Hospital.

Born March 22, 1920, in Alavista, VA, he was a son of the late Joseph C. and Dora (Melvin) Dillard.

He was a well-known track star in high school. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served during World War II. Mr. Dillard was a past member and deacon of the Second Baptist Church, Ford City, which he also helped to build. He retired from P.P.G. Industries, Ford City, in 1983, after 43 years of service. He was a part-time police officer in Ford City, and also served with the Armstrong County Auxiliary Police.He enjoyed carpentry, flowers, cement work, electrical work, and vegetable gardening.

He is survived by two sons, Ronald (Shirley) Dillard of Ford City, and Mark (Sharon) Dillard of Butler; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Odessa Sheffey of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florine (Edwards) Dillard; a son, James Godfrey Dillard; brothers, Robert and Lesley Dillard; and sisters, Gladys Mae Roseman, Ethel Shavers, Mary Bell Jenkins, Hattie Sweatt, and Shirley Harvey.

Friends will be welcomed from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Friday, in the Welch Funeral Home, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, with Rev. Kent Commodore, officiating. Interment will follow in Ford City Cemetery.

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Grace and Richard Carli
   Posted Mon July 03, 2017
Dear Ron and Shirley: Grace and I send our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Father. Please except our apology,but we are unable to visit in person. God Bless you both and the Family. Dick

Ducky Ware
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Hi boys sorry for the loss and I understand. Unable to attend service as I will be out of state God Bless

Harry K. Wimms
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron, Mark and the family. Take solace in knowing "Duke" was well respected and cared about. Take care and may God bless you and keep you all. H.K. Wimms

Henri Mae Parker
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
Ron, Mark and Family,

You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father and grandfather. I have known your parents for many years. Growing up in Ford City they were always kind and loving people. Duke will be missed. God Bless the family.
Henri Mae Parker
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Karen Bryson (Smathers)
   Posted Fri September 01, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I know how you are feeling. Sending hugs that the days well become somewhat easier. I just lost my Dad on the 21st of August. Again I'm so sorry.

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