WHITMAN, W.Va. — William “Paps” Dillon Jr., 83, of Whitman, departed this life to be with the Lord Sunday, November 4, 2012, after a brief illness.
Born July 21, 1929, at Webb, he was a son of the late William Lewis and Rennie Mae Dillon. Also preceding him in death was his brothers, Emory, Joe, Charles and Jack Dillon; sisters, Blanche Shea, Sarah Evans and Gladys Chafin; granddaughter, Misty Michelle Kimbler, and son-in-law, Brian Butcher.
Paps was a retired coal miner and an avid fisherman. He enjoyed hunting, growing vegetables, making props for Mimi’s Sunday School Class and church plays, building displays for his grandchildren’s science and social study fair projects, and spending time with his friends and family. He was a member of the No. 20 Whitman Community Church, the United Mine Workers of America, and a member of the Masonic Aracoma Lodge No 99.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Maxine Hatfield Dillon, and his children, Dale (Karen) Dillon and Ricky (Debbie) Dillon, all of Whitman, Debra (James) Kimbler and Kathy (Rick) Gillman, both of Charleston, and sister, Helen Garrido of Chapmanville. He leaves behind grandchildren, Kristie Dillon, Dale (Jean) Dillon Jr., Dustin (Corina) Dillon, Kris (Leah) Kimbler, Chad (Leslie) Kimbler, Jeremy Butcher, Stephanie Butcher, Melissa (Troy) Jones, Robert (Miranda) Gillman, Paige Gillman, Ricky (Chisa) Dillon Jr., Sabrina (Lance) Mills and Erica (Ryan) Holgerson. He was also the proud great-grandfather of Zoe and Skylar Dillon, Jonah and Olivia Mills, Ricky III, Miguel, Julian and Angel Dillon, Audrey Holgerson and Ashytn Jones. Paps also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and a host of friends and neighbors.
The family would like to thank Dr. Toparis, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Kitty, Dr. Milroy, the staff of Trinity Healthcare and Dignity Hospice, Pastor Joaquine Ooten, No. 20 Whitman Community Church and loved ones who have sent prayers on behalf of him and his family. All have been a comfort during this time of grief.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the No. 20 Whitman Community Church with Pastor Joaquine Ooten and Rev. Johnny Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of the arrangements.