Fayette County - WILLIAM HARRELL DILLIARD, 98 years young, lifelong resident of Moscow, Tennessee, and most recently living at Grace Healthcare in Cordova, passed away on June 13, 2014. His beloved wife of 58 years, Bertha Belle Wade Dilliard, and his parents, Johnnie Dilliard and Annie Chambers Dilliard, preceded him in death. He leaves behind one daughter, Frances Lee Pulliam of Moscow and three grandchildren: Debra Walters (George) of Bolivar, Ed Pulliam (Joyce) of Moscow and Amy McClure of Moscow. He will be greatly missed but always lovingly remembered as PawPaw by his six grandchildren: Ben Walters, Erin VanVuuren, Damon Pulliam, Kara Milby, Kimberly McClure, Courtney McClure and his four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Rosalyn Dilliard Rutledge Fortune of Germantown and goes to the Lord’s home to be with his other siblings, Clifton Dilliard, Wafford Dilliard, Kenneth Dilliard and Mildred Simmons. He was an active member of Bethlehem Methodist Church for over sixty years; taught Sunday school and served as Superintendent; and was actively involved in the supervision and upkeep of the Bethlehem Cemetery for many years. In later life, after the closure of the Bethlehem church, he joined Moscow United Methodist where he continued to be a devoted member including singing in the choir. He was retired from the A.S.C.S. where he worked for thirty-eight years measuring cotton and was presented a plaque by The Fayette County Board of Equalization in appreciation for his dedicated service. A Certificate of Appreciation from NASDA was awarded to him for his exceptional quality, dedication and dependability in the performance of his duties as an Enumerator for the Tennessee Agricultural Statistics Service. He loved his country and was a WWII Veteran of the United States Marines. He was a 1932 graduate of Moscow High School and attended Lambuth College for two years. He was an avid farmer at Hays Crossing and loved gardening—especially growing and giving vegetables to his neighbors. We suspect that Heaven will have a banner crop of tomatoes under “Uncle Bill’s” and “Bunks’” care. Traveling was a great love of his, and he and Bertha Belle traveled with his sister, Rosalyn, to visit the Holy Land and every state but Hawaii. Bill, notwithstanding his poor health in recent years, never lost his faith nor his winning smile and sense of humor. Visitation will be at 12 noon followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17th, at Peebles Funeral Home, Somerville. The family has requested any donations be made to the Bethlehem Cemetery Association or
. Graveside Services to follow at Bethlehem Cemetery, Moscow, Tennessee.
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Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 15, 2014
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