KINGS MOUNTAIN - Don Merle Dillingham, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, with his family and close friends by his side. Born on Sept. 12, 1940, in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Hugh Joshua, Sr., and Annie Jones Dillingham.
He retired as a District Manager after 43 years from Canteen Vending, and was a former member of the Shelby Rotary Club
. He was a lifelong member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he served on many committees. Don enjoyed working on his farm, raising cattle, and spending time with his family and many friends.
In addition to his parents, Don is preceded in death by two brothers, Deeley Dillingham and Hugh Dillingham Jr. and his wife Elizabeth; brother-in-law, Dan Camp; and father-in-law, Ellis Martin.
Don is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Towery Dillingham; two daughters, Rhonda Benfield and husband Chris of Lawndale, and Kimberly Cloyd and husband Ray of Gastonia; two sisters, Ruby Camp of Charlotte and Carolyn Hamrick and husband Carroll Hamrick, Sr. of Shelby; four grandchildren, Rebecca Benfield, Zachary Benfield, Joshua Cloyd, and Matthew Cloyd; mother-in-law, Dorothy Martin; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. before the service in the sanctuary.
Funeral service: 3 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Officiated by: The Rev. Greg Martin
Burial: Will follow in the church cemetery. His nephews will be serving as pall bearers. His Sunday school class, the Wells Lowery Class, will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2338 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Grover, NC 28073.