Obituaries April 1
THOMASVILLE — Robert “David” Cox, 68, died Saturday, March 30, 2013 in the Hospice Home at High Point. . The funeral service will be held 4 p.m.Tuesday, April 2, in Hilltop Baptist Church. J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home assisted the family.
'Sonny' Dillon Jr.
WINSTON-SALEM — Lloyd C. “Sonny” Dillon Jr., a man of quiet confidence, kindness and good humor and whose immense love of family brought him lifelong joy, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013. He was 82 and died of complications from a stroke, surrounded by adoring loved ones.
Lloyd’s life was rich in achievement and satisfaction, not only in his personal life but through his service as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marines and later as a general contractor. He led the design and construction of many of the Winston-Salem area’s finest custom homes.
Born in High Point, N.C., to Lloyd C. Dillon and Margaret S. Dillon, Lloyd grew up in Thomasville, N.C. As a boy and young man, he put his considerable athletic skills to work on the local basketball and tennis courts, made occasional mischief and found himself drawn to the excitement of aviation.
Lloyd graduated from Thomasville High School in 1949, studied at Guilford College and served in the Marines from 1952 to 1956, taking to the skies and flying exercises over North Carolina, Asia and Europe. His adventures as an aviator served as a source of countless stories that he took great pleasure in sharing and that his family and friends loved to hear. He nearly lost his life in one harrowing instance, when engine failure forced him to crash land in a rice paddy in Korea. He walked away with just a few scratches.
It was a beautiful fall day when the handsome young Lloyd met former beauty queen Ida Rose Bruton, who would become his wife on April 3, 1958. Together they raised a family, instilled enduring values into their sons and grandchildren, and supported each other in immeasurable ways during 55 years of marriage.
During his career, Lloyd worked for Globe Furniture and Burlington Industries before joining Hanes Corporation as an industrial engineer. Nothing gave him more fulfillment professionally, however, than building homes. After nearly 25 years working in an office, he took a risk and broke out on his own, establishing a general contracting business that created a bricks-and-mortar legacy of numerous stately and beautiful homes in the region.
His nickname of “Sonny” was given to him as a boy and stuck with him throughout his life. In fact, he was man of several nicknames, including “Hook Dillon” (for his basketball prowess) and in recent years “Papa,” the name his grandchildren used and that he took great pride in.
Among his other passions were sailing on the open water, driving his beloved Volkswagen Beetles and most recently his sleek Mercedes E320, and perusing the Internet to catch up on the latest news. But nothing took priority for him like the love of family, especially the sons he raised and the grandchildren he absolutely adored.
Lloyd was a man of strength and self-assuredness, calm and reason, understated brilliance and, above all, kindness and warmth. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Lloyd is survived by his three sons, James Matthew (Matt) and his wife, Alison, of Charleston, S.C.; Paul and his wife, Kjerstin, of Orlando, Fla.; and Lloyd III of Winston-Salem; and four grandchildren, Matthew Dillon, Caroline (Carrie) Dillon, Jackson Dillon and Lucy Dillon. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; a son, David Lloyd Dillon; and his sister, Marian Dillon Morel.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Salem Funerals & Cremations, 120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. Burial will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Winston-Salem Area Command, 130-A Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103, or made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.salemfh.com.
ARCHDALE — Dianne Ritchie Gallimore, 70, of Archdale, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013.
Dianne was born January 7th, 1943, to Eugene Ritchie and Allene Pierce Ritchie. She was a member at Carolina Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity and was involved with the Ladies #3 Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Care Team at church, offering prayers, cards and ministry to those in need. Dianne was preceded in death by father, Eugene Ritchie, mother, Allene Pierce Ritchie, and sister Elgene Manley.
Dianne is survived by a son, Russell Gallimore and wife Star of St. Petersburg, FL; grandchildren, Michaela and Maxwell Gallimore; niece, Terri Kotoun and her husband George of Oklahoma City, OK; great nephew, Cameron Alex Kotoun; great niece, Kendra Dianne Kotoun; brother, Larry Ritchie of Thomasville; aunt, Betty McGee of Winston-Salem and numerous special relatives and friends.
“Honeymom” – Loving Mother, Grandmother, Auntie, Sister, Daughter and Friend. You will be tremendously missed and loved. Thank you for your love and giving our family the most precious and joyful memories. Rest in peace.
A celebration of Dianne’s life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale Chapel, with Pastor Bynum Orr officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Cemetery, Thomasville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today (April 1) at Cumby Family Funeral Service.
Online condolences may be made to Dianne’s memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, Archdale.
THOMASVILLE — Michael Ferrell Kennedy, 47, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his residence. A private family services will be conducted. J.C. Green & Sons in Thomasville assisted the family.
THOMASVILLE — Terry Wayne Thayer, 64, died Thursday, March 28, 2013. in High Point Regional Hospital.
Mr. Thayer was cremated and private service was held. J.C. Green & Sons served the family.