Andy Dillard, 58, of Cary went to be with the Lord on May 24, 2013 after suffering a heart attack at home. He was preceded in death by his parents Hanna Jean (Lewis) Dillard and William Gordon Dillard.
Andy was born in Raleigh, NC and was a graduate of Millbrook High School, Hardbarger Junior College of Business in Raleigh where he received Associates degrees in Accounting and Business Administration and Wayne Community College in Goldsboro where he received certifications for Certified Nursing Aide and Emergency Medical Services. He spent most of his career in finance, collections and customer service, but switched careers briefly and worked in the healthcare field as a CNA at Cherry Hospital, Johnston Memorial and Wake Med and as an EMT in Wayne, Johnston and Wake counties. He most recently was employed by Adecco and worked in the collections and bankruptcy sections of Seterus, a division of IBM, in Research Triangle Park.
He is survived by his wife, Mary A. (Zaley) Dillard, sons, Clarence Anthony “Tony” Dillard Jr. and wife Jan of Hillsborough, NC and Del Dillard of Cary, NC, and daughter, Katey Dillard of Wake Forest, NC, brothers, Randy Dillard and wife Cheryl of Wake Forest, NC, and Butch Dillard of Goldsboro, NC, aunt, Thelma (Dillard) Gardner of New Hill, NC, great aunt, Virginia Hinesley of Chapel Hill, NC, several cousins, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Mr. Dillard was a North Carolina native with a deep family history in Cary and the Triangle of which he was very proud. He often recited the North Carolina State Toast:
Here's to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!
Here's to the land of the cotton bloom white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night,
Where the soft southern moss and jessamine mate,
'Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!
Here's to the land where the galax grows,
Where the rhododendron's rosette glows,
Where soars Mount Mitchell's summit great,
In the "Land of the Sky," in the Old North State!
Here's to the land where maidens are fair,
Where friends are true and cold hearts rare,
The near land, the dear land, whatever fate,
The blest land, the best land, the Old North State!
And the UNC fight song:
I’m a Tar Heel born
I’m a Tar Heel bred
And when I die
I’m a Tar Heel dead.
He was a true Tar Heel!
A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Mr. Dillard’s life at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 218 S. Academy St., Cary, NC 27511 with Rev. Danny Poyner, Jr. officiating. A reception will follow in the church Dining Hall.
Memorial donations can be made in Andy’s name to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, http://www.toysfortots.org/, SPCA of Wake County, http://www.spcawake.org/, Wake County Rescue Squad/EMS Fund, http://www.wakegov.com/ems/emsfund/Pages/emsfund.aspx, or the Food Bank of Central &Eastern NC, http://www.foodbankcenc.org/.
Care and cremation are by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Crematory and National Cremation Service.