Eddie Dillard
Eddie Dillard, retired Marketing Manager with Philip-Morris on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, beloved husband of Rosemary Dillard of Alexandria, VA; loving father of Edrick L. Dillard of Oakland, CA; son of the late Major Dillard and Emma Lois Robinson Dillard; brother of Roseta Heffner of Gary, IN, Andy (Lillian) Dillard of Rockwall, TX and Major (Denise) Dillard of Gary, IN and the late Lorenzo Dillard; also survived by special friends the Rev. Dr. Alfred Johnson, Bernard Hanyard and Byron Hill. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2001 at the Koinonia Missionary Baptist Church, 510 West 13th Ave., Gary, IN 46407. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
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Published by The Press-Enterprise on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Remembering cousin Eddie on this day.
Lyn Peterson
September 11, 2017
Each year on this day my heart is heavy thinking of cousin Eddie. You are truly missed.

Lyn Peterson, Chicago
September 11, 2016
We rose up as a nation, vowing to never forget. I now know how my ancestors felt at the bombing of Pearl Harbor.I will stop each and every day for the rest of my life and pray for the friends and family of one of the victims of this senseless act of terror. For friends and family of Eddie, I pray for you to feel God's warm embrace as I and many others lift you up in prayer today. Blessings to you all, with love from Texas.
Del Newberry
February 3, 2015
Although I wasn't aware of your passing until years later, I remember you as being a very conscientious and dedicated company manager. Wishing your loved ones peace and safety always. Your smile is always in my memory and in my heart. With warmest thoughts, Ro
September 12, 2013
I did not know Mr. Dillard. To his family and friends, please take comfort in knowing that this stranger hasn't forgotten the souls, including Mr. Dillard's, that crossed over 12 years ago today. I've read through all of the entries in this guest book, and it looks like I've chosen (at random) to remember a fine, fine man. Peace.
Joe I
September 11, 2013
Eddie, We still miss you and also your grandson has been told a lot of nice things about you.
Ruby Dillard
September 13, 2012
We will never forget.
With love to my Uncle Eddie's lasting memory of heartfeld contribution and guidance in my childhood...
Harris Faulkner
Harris Faulkner
September 11, 2011
Remembering you today
Lynette(Lyn) Peterson
September 11, 2011
Gone but not forgotten

Rest in peace

Arnold Lane
June 4, 2010
Eddie you will never be forgotton from
R.Dillard. You have a grandson by the name of DeShaun Eddie Dillard which look a lot like you, and he is a very smart baby like his grandfather, Eddie. We all know that you are in Heaven right now, I hope one day we all will meet there in Jesus name. amen
November 24, 2009
I love and miss my Pop's. That was my bestfriend. I wish he could see my son now and how life has been since his passing. Life goes on and Eddie Dillard lives on in my heart. I'm glad that we spent 24 years together. I love you Mr. Eddie Dillard. I still go to his favorite eating spot in Dallas. We had some good times together.
Edrick (Rick) Dillard
October 28, 2009
Dear Rosemary,

Received my warmest wishes and sorry for your deepest loss. I happen to follow your sad story and you describe who Eddie was really touched me. I am sure Eddie is in the bossom of the Good Lord resting in peace. May the Lord continue to give you Rosemary great conform and peace to live everyday. My warmest wishes, Michael/ United Kingdom
Michael Kwesi
August 22, 2009
A Reminiscence

YES, thou art gone! and never more
Thy sunny smile shall gladden me;
But I may pass the old church door,
And pace the floor that covers thee.

May stand upon the cold, damp stone,
And think that, frozen, lies below
The lightest heart that I have known,
The kindest I shall ever know.

Yet, though I cannot see thee more,
'Tis still a comfort to have seen;
And though thy transient life is o'er,
'Tis sweet to think that thou hast been;

To think a soul so near divine,
Within a form so angel fair,
United to a heart like thine,
Has gladdened once our humble sphere.

By Anne Bronte
The Poetry Foundation
Doug Abraham
May 31, 2009
Dear Rosemary, it has been many moons, since our last conversation. I think of you, and Eddie. Have so many fond memories of our time, in SEA. Your consistent, assistance with Flight Service issues. Always your support.
Robert and I miss you, and look forward to the time, when we will be able to visit. Eddie Dillard is in my daily prayers. May, he rest in eternal peace.
We send our love, hugs, and embraces.
Take care.
Eddie Rodriguez & Robert McIntyre
Eddie Rodriguez
May 28, 2009
Dear Rosemary, I am so sorry for your loss but we can be comforted knowing Eddie is rejoicing with the Lord. May God bless you and your family and hold you close to His Heart as you remember your husband. Your friends at AA are standing strong with you!
Holly Crone
September 27, 2008
To the family of Eddie Dillard:
Eddie gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
Dear Rosemary,

As we mark another anniversary of 9/11, Matthew and I pray that the passing of time has eased some of the pain of the loss of your precious husband, Eddie.

I still remember my second check ride in SFO as a new FA in 1995 and my horror when I realized I had startled Eddie by dropping an empty cup from my cart onto his tray table causing him react by throwing up his tray table smashing salsa all over the seatback in front of him.

Knowing I was horrified and nervous at my error, (you were the one who was evaluating my service), he smiled so sweetly and with a humored sparkle in his eye, he laughed and told me not to worry about it. I will always hold that memory dear....he seemed like such a nice man and his smile calmed my nerves enough to go on with my service in confidence. I flew for another nine years after that day.

We hope you are doing well and have joy in your life again. We will never forget the horror of 9/11.... but will remember you and Eddie with warmth and gratitude.

May God continue to be with you and hold you close, guiding you in the fullness of Him and His great love for you all the rest of your days.
Beverly (Schafer) Gurnon and Matthew Gurnon
September 10, 2008
Rosemary, I have thought of you and your family since the tragedy. I hope that everything is going ok at this time.
Wayde Butler
February 24, 2008
In memory....
P Tabbernor
July 6, 2007
God Will Bless
Joey Dillard
May 24, 2007
Dear Rosemary, I did not know Eddie,
but I know his aunt Margaret Robinson in Gary, Indiana, and God gave me this poem almost 2 years
after the 911 tragedy. I would like to share it with you. It is entitled Dial 911.

After the 911 tragedy,

We should see God in all of His majesty.

It brought us together as a nation,

every creed, every color, from His creation.

A day that has been like no other,

A day that so many lives were smothered.

It could have been much worse you know,

let us thank God that no more had to go.

It could have been your son or daughter,

lying between the brick and the mortar.

Let us thank God that He spared some of us that pain,

for we all know, that into each life
must fall some rain.

A friends' relative was killed in the plane that hit the pentagon.

Thank God that you, your son, or daughter were not the one.

Life has toossed us all about,

and we thought we had so much clout.

It's things like this that bring us to our knees,

even the ones who've never prayed,
on that day, cried please! please! please!

Oh God save me, save my loved one, from this dreadful thing that was just done.

You're no different from the rest. All of us are in this mess.

In this life from no tragedy are we exempt,

we must humble ourselves again and pray, and our God we must not tempt.

This has been copyrighted but I have
not had the money to publish it yet, it is in a book, and I also have it on cd with music set to it.

You can reach me at P.O. Box 4448 Gary, Indiana 46404, if you'd like to. My name is Mary White-Collins.
Sent it to Mary Collins C/O Tomika Anderson. Sorry for your loss.
Mary Charlotte White-Collins
February 1, 2007
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
October 31, 2006
Eddie was one of my best friends at Tolleston High. I know God had a difficult assigment for him that required a kind human being with resume full of love, kindness, caring and understanding. I have noted your mate on TV a number of times since 9-11. Her resume too has the same attributes. It's no wonder you found one another. Rest in Peace Eddie. I will see you again on the other side.
George Pollard
September 11, 2006
Rosemary, I am very sorry for your loss. I am sure that Eddie knows how much you miss him.
And I am sure Eddie is looking out for you.
March 29, 2006
my thoughts and prayers...may you find some peace soon Rosemary..
all my best Anthony
anthony cataldo
July 15, 2004
May God Bless and Keep you, know that you are in my prayers
Lakia Hedgepeth
January 21, 2004
Dear Rosemary: Still in shock! Melania and I felt a profound loss when we first learned of Eddies death on September 11. We remember the good times we spent with both of you. We cannot forget his great sense of humor. We will always share your loss and grief. God bless you Rosemary!
Ramon Chang
September 11, 2003
September 10, 2003
To my shock, I learned of Eddie's passing on 9/11/02 during a one year commemoration on the news. I worked with Eddie in the early '90's. He was a good man, tough but fair. My condolences and best wishes to his family. Rest in Peace Eddie.
June 20, 2003
Dear Rosemary, Eddie & I worked together in the eighties & nineties in California. I felt a profound loss when I first learned of Eddies death on 9/11/01. I still remember his great sense of humor and his wonderful laugh as we often stayed late at the office or attended sales meetings together. I share your loss and grief. May we never forget his passing
Paul Schultz
September 25, 2002
I would like to send my deepest condolences to Mr. Dillard's wife and family. It will be one year in about 3 days and to me it feels like yesterday. I did not know anyone who passed on September 11, but I as well as America, am touched by the attacks and it hurts. I really do not have words to describe the way I feel. I can only imagine the pain you are going through.My stepfather was killed in a TWA plane crash about 5 years ago and he left behind me and my mom. I am in no way trying to relate to your loss but that I can understand on a very small scale of what it is like to loose someone so fast and for it to be publisized. I am truly sorry for your loss and although I cannot say much to bring you any comfort, I do know he is smilling down on you all from heaven with my stepfather and all of the other angels. May god bless you and your family.
Angel Washington
Angel Washington
September 7, 2002
Uncle Eddie, you and my Aunt Ruby gave me the first job I ever had as a teenager at your 7-Eleven store in Seattle. You worked me hard and kept me from complaining about those God-aweful early hours!
That was so long ago-- feels like several lifetimes now. I wish you could see how much the work ethic that you taught me has helped me prosper. Often when people get divorced, the families of those ex-spouses lose touch but, you on several occasions kept track of me. Thank you for loving me and showing me ways to be successful in life, both personally and professionally. You are missed. And, as we near the one year anniverary of your death, know that you continue to inspire me. Love, H. Kimberley Faulkner
September 6, 2002
It is tough to loose someone like Eddie. He was like a father to me when I was growing up. He was one persone in my young life that I could say I knew more than 20 years. We all miss you Eddie. Rest in piece..
Jason Silver
August 23, 2002
We did not know you or anyone else who passed away that horrible morning last September 11, 2001. We will never forget you or what happened to you!!!! May God Bless the family and many friends that you left behind. Rest in peace forever more..........
Angie &Tony Clement
August 22, 2002
Rosemary: I too just found this website. I have had you in my thoughts and prayers since the loss of your beloved Eddie. I send you lots of love and I know that heaven is a better place because Eddie is there. Lots of love to you and your family.
Deborah Humphries
May 31, 2002
Rosemary, you have been in my thoughs and prayers since 9-11 not knowing for sure if it was you Eddie on Flight #77. I just verified the sad news. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Eddie is now a Angel in Heaven watching over you. God Bless you Rosemary.
Linda Watkins
April 10, 2002
Today April 9, 2002, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Eddie and all the family, friends and loved ones he left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone.

Eddie, you may be gone, but will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace
Kathy Swaringen
April 9, 2002
Dear Friends...

I just learned of this website and wanted to add my signature to your guest book. I, too, attended college at Bishop with the Dillard Men and grew to love each one. The relationship that you had with one another speaks volumes of the love that you were taught and shared with others.

You will always be in my prayers. Though it may be hard - - the warm memories are yours to keep and he is only a thought away.

May God continue to bless you and keep you in his care.

Love ya!

Thelma Boone - Harding
March 15, 2002
Shortly after this tragic event happened my husband and I attended services at our synagogue. The rabbi had included in their program a list of all the names of the victims and we were each asked to stand and read a name. My name was Eddie Dillard. I prayed for him that night and vowed I would never forget his name and six months later I am still praying for him. May he rest in peace. My prayers go out to his family.
Jan Landman
March 11, 2002
I was extremely saddened to learn of Eddie's death. It was my privilege to attend Bishop with Eddie, Andy and Major. As they were all very bright, it was also quite obvious that their parents had done a great job in raising them. Rosemary, Andy, Major, Bernard and your families, please know that I will keep you in my prayers.
Katye Perry
January 17, 2002
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
January 12, 2002
I just recently received my mercy band with Mr. Dillards name for on my birthday. It is a honor to be able to wear his name although I never knew him I will always remember him and his family each and every day. I will charish it for ever. I pray that the Lord will comfort your family now and forever. God Bless your whole family. Michelle
Michelle Armenta
January 9, 2002
I did not know Eddie Dillard, but I am wearing a Mercy Band with his name on it as well. Each day I pray that each and every person who is mourning for Mr. Dillard will be comforted and drawn closer to our Lord. God bless all of you and may God grant you His peace. I will be thinking of you on Christmas as you miss your loved one so very much.
Carol Staton
December 15, 2001
My native language is english. And I must say that there aren't any words in the english language that could properly express how much I love and miss Mr.Eddie Dillard. However, I will say that I am no longer intimidated by death because I know that when it is time for me to fulfill that inevitable destiny, I will have the honor of seeing the smile and feeling the loving and giving presence of Mr.Dillard again.

With my deepest love and sincerity,
Michele Stevenson
Michele Stevenson
December 2, 2001
I am wearing a mercy band with Eddie Dillard's name on it and will prayer for those that loved him and were left behind. May you seek and find peace through Jesus Christ.
Shirley Calabrese
November 20, 2001
I didn't know Eddie but I recently went and bought a Mercy Band with his name on it. I promise to say a prayer for Eddie and his family everyday. God bless.
Michelle Reichenberger
November 11, 2001
My prayers are with the family. I
attended college with Eddie at
Bishop College. Remember God will
keep you safe everyday.
Betty Turner
October 31, 2001
I attended high school with Eddie and graduated with his brother Andy. Andy and I are in touch on the internet. We all had good times in school and lived 4 blocks from each other, on the same street. My condolences and sympathy goes out to all of Eddie's family and friends. God bless them all.
Paul Pollard
October 29, 2001
I will always remember Eddie's smiling face as I would chastise him for running late for his flights to DFW with his lovely wife. I will remember his laughter. He will be missed by many
Joni Ribera
October 20, 2001
As a former Alexandrian myself, I'm writing to send my condolences to the mourning family. May Eddie rest in peace!
Andries Sibarani
October 20, 2001
My heart and prayers to you at this terrible time. I am sorry for your loss
October 10, 2001
I didn't know Eddie, a hero, but by chance I received a heartrending email from his lovely wife Rosemary. I hold out my hand to her in friendship and caring. She is a corageous woman. May she find peace and solice.
Ellen Roshek
October 3, 2001
September 30, 2001
The special moments and memories in your life will never change.The laughter,joys,celebrations,sorrow and the tears are special memories in your life that will never change.My prayers are with you.
Carolyn Sims Woods
September 19, 2001
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