December 1, 2013

John Oliver ‘J.O.’ Dillard


— Mr. John Oliver “J.O.” Dillard, 85, of Dalton, departed this life Sunday morning, Dec. 1, 2013, at the local hospital. 

J.O. was born July 22, 1928, in Etowah, Tenn., a son of the late Henry Mack and Rebecca Jane Wilson Dillard. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Frances Azilee Nealey Dillard who died Dec. 10, 2013, and a sister, Lucille Patton.

J. O. proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He started working at Cook and Ingle Concrete Products in 1948 and worked there until his retirement.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, John David “Buddy” and Becky Dillard, Michael Lynn and Vicki Dillard, all of Dalton, Ronnie Lee and Karen Dillard of Alexander City, Ala.; daughters and son-in-law, Linda Claudette and Howie Little, Brenda Gail Farris, all of Dalton; grandchildren, Tere Steele, Carrie Clayton, Michelle Dillard, Chad Newberry, Mandy Newberry, Nealey Jackson, Tracy Newberry, Cassie Dillard, Kelsey Dillard, Jake Dillard, Charles Farris, Courtney Farris and Jocelyn McClure; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Ruth Gibson of Dalton; several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. J.O. Dillard will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with the Rev. L.J. Kittrell officiating. 

He will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife at Colonial Hills Memorial Park Cemetery with Rodney Ray, Charles Farris Jr., Jake Dillard, Benjamin Griffin, Chad Newberry, Alan Baynes, Neil St. Clair and Scott Kittrell serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel from 6 to 9 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday until the service hour.

Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, Funeral Home, Cemetery, Crematory and Florist, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.