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Kenneth Rhea Dillard Sr.

Funeral service for Mr. Kenneth Rhea Dillard Sr. will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Immanuel Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Pratt, Bro. David Calhoun, and Myron Lasater officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Wednesday 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Immanuel Baptist Church.  Honorary pallbearers: Men’s Sunday school class.  Active pallbearers: Austin Dillard, John Dillard, Shawn Dillard, Joe Dillard, Mark Thompson, and James Bryant.

Mr. Dillard, age 84 of Lebanon passed away March 4, 2024, at his home.

Born June 26, 1939, in Wilson County, he is the son of the late William Andrew Dillard and Mary Magdalene Robinson Dillard.  Ken attended Lebanon High School, being class president of his junior class.  Before graduating, he decided to join the Navy.  He earned his GED in 1958 while aboard in the South Pacific.  Ken was finally awarded his high school diploma and tassel at a special ceremony in 2016.  While in the military, Ken was able to follow his passion of aviation, working on aircrafts.  After the military, he enrolled in the Wisconsin Aviation School, being the first Southerner to ever attend that school.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother James Dillard and sister in law, Iris Dillard.

He started his career at Nashville Flying Service, then Big Brothers Aircraft in Nashville, then Atlanta.  He continued with George Gillette Aviation in Nashville, then Vail, Colorado, Corp Management in Smyrna, Post Properties in Atlanta, Turner Enterprises in Atlanta, and retiring after a stint at the local airport in Lebanon.

He received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for the State of Tennessee in 2013 in recognition of over fifty years of exemplary service, professionalism, devotion to aviation safety and recognition by his peers.  Kenneth was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

He married his “Sweetie” Barbara Bartz Dillard on January 3, 1959, and they raised two children: Debbie (Rusty) Waller and Kenneth Rhea Dillard Jr.; grandchildren: Jason Waller, Ricky (Kayla) Walker, Sandi Frye, Abby Dillard, and Austin Dillard; great grandchildren: Hailey Daly, Zara Moore, Brianna O’Sullivan, Karlee Waller, Kaitlyn Waller, Jackson Waller, Kason Roberson, Kylin Baxley, Nossia Corona-Reyes, and Isaiah Frye; great great grandchildren: Addie Moore, Jayden Moore, Oaklen Moore, and Wynter Daly; brother, Joe B. (Charlotte) Dillard; numerous nieces and nephews, including special nephew Vernon Bartz (Rocky).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude, or the charity of your choice.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Chris Mcadoo says:
    Brother I am so, so , sorry. Your dad was one of the best. He was always smiling. I know you are going to miss him. Prayers for you and family
  2. Melba Jobe/ The Corder-Jobe's says:
    3/07/2024@7:44 AM; Extending Sincere Heartfelt Condolences (GODLY LOVE), Thoughts & Prayers, The 23rd Psalm & Encouraging, Inspirational & Uplifting Exoressions to the Dillard Family ! He is the “GREAT” I AM & HE’S RESTING IN THE ARMS OF THE ” GREAT I AM” ! FROM (THE 1977 CLASS OF LHS), YOUR COMMUNITY/ NEIGHBORHOOD ON THE WEST SIDE ( CASTLE HEIGHTS/ CASTLEVIEW, ETC.), OF LEBANON, TN,
  3. Taylor Glover says:
    Ken was the best! I always enjoyed his bright outlook and great smile. I also always felt safe flying in our plane that he so carefully maintained. God bless, Taylor
  4. Bear Baxter says:
    Ken took me under his wing when I first graduated A&P school. He nicknamed me “Bear” and many people still call me that, here in Gypsum Colorado. I would not be where I am today without having had him in my life. What a wonderful mentor and friend! I know he is with Jesus right now and Tammy and I are blessed that we will see him again. Blessings and prayers to Sweetie and the rest of the family.
  5. David & Shelly Williams says:
    Ken was always a shining light for all to see. Hardworking and yet always had time to share when someone had a question or needed a hand. He and Sweetie shined their light for all to see.
    He will be missed by all who lives he touched.
    Blessing and prayers for he and his family.
  6. Haywood Barry says:
    I meet Kenneth when he was a teenager. I knew James from High School. Ken was always happy when we would talk. Have not seen him lately. He was certainly a well qualified airplane person. Certainly, sad to learn of his passing. My condolences to his family and many friends. Haywood Barry
  7. Mark Steven Jones says:
    Several People came through my career, Ken Dillard was one that I called my Mentor, He would push to make certain that I would be the best and at the same time give advice on how to do maintenance better. I will always be his apprentice as I can never know what he does and I thought he taught me everything
  8. Mike (Z) says:
    Ken helped me understand aircraft. I’m glad he was a part of my life. Thanks Sweety for the wonderful pie. Ken said I could only have one piece♥️