DILLARD, STEPHEN P.,
Steve leaves behind a legacy of love and hope. He touched thousands of lives through his camp counseling, teaching, basketball coaching, and chess affiliations and through his devotion to his foster children. Steve is preceded in death by his parents, Badgett and Polly Dillard. He is survived by his sister, Aynn Dillard, his nephew, Kendall Dillard, and by Philippe Thierry Moune Ngoue who was like a son to Steve.
Steve was a native Louisvillian. He was a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church and graduated from Atherton High School and Berea College. After graduation Steve returned to Louisville and began his teaching career at Christian Academy of Louisville. After many years in the private school sector, he moved to Jefferson County Public Schools, receiving his Masters from Spalding University. Steve opened his home and his heart to several exchange students from homelands ranging from Norway to Africa. He enjoyed the opportunity to learn firsthand about the various cultures. Steve traveled extensively throughout the United States and had only three remaining states to visit.
Through his teaching Steve saw a great need among his students and his heart answered the need. Steve fostered several boys over the years and mentored and oversaw the education of many others. When he saw a child in need, he opened his home and his heart to them. We are honored by the outpouring of love from his friends and students, both current and past. Steve would be amazed by the sheer number of lives that he touched.
The family asks that you honor the memory of Steve by committing random acts of kindness and that expressions of sympathy be made as donations to Plymouth Community Renewal Center and the West End School.
Visitation will be Friday, March 20, 2015 from Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The family invites the children who come to visitation to bring a small token, if they would like, for Steve to take with him. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 21, 2015 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Alumni Memorial Chapel, 2825 Lexington Road at 10:30 a.m. with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery to follow.
Published by Courier-Journal on Mar. 18, 2015.