12/3/12 — William Henry Dillard

William Henry Dillard, of Tullahoma, passed this life on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at his residence at the age of 87.

Mr. Dillard was a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. During his life, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer for A.E.D.C. and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma. He was also a member of American Legion Post 43 and was in the Air Force Reserves after his active duty service.

Mr. Dillard is preceded in death by his wife, Sammie Laura Dillard; birth father, Henry Blaylock; parents, Leo and Alice Dillard; one son, William David Dillard; and two brothers, Jimmy and Tommy Dillard.

He is survived by three children, Rebecca Eloise “Becky” Mahler and her husband Bill of Savannah, GA, Suzanne Banks and her husband Kenny of Tullahoma and Lee Scott Dillard and his wife Mary of Estill Springs; two sisters, Sister Grace Marie Dillard R.S.M. of Savannah, GA and Patsy Munsy of  Columbus, GA; six grandchildren, Rebecca Mahler, William Mahler, Clay Banks, Chase Banks, Cheslyn Banks-Nestor, and Chance Banks; two great-grandchildren, Bailee Anne Banks and Gracyn Elizabeth Banks.

Visitation for Mr. Dillard will be held on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from 10:00am-11:00am with services to immediately follow at 11:00am in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Beaty officiating.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with military honors.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice Compassus in Tullahoma, 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388-4508.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.