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John Edward Dillard, 73, on Thursday, February 13, 2020, God called John to his heavenly home.  John accepted Christ at an early age in Birmingham, Alabama.  He was a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church. John was the son of the late Robert L. Dillard Sr. and Catherine G. Dillard; Birmingham Alabama. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Robert L. Dillard Jr., James Price Dillard; mother-in-law, Mrs. Deloria A. Westfield;  brothers- in- law, Louis Chislom, Jr., James S. Westfield. John was a graduate of Alabama A & M University, class of 1972, where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the 21st Conspiracy, on April 17, 1971. He completed four years in the United States Air Force (1965-1969) where he received an honorable discharge. John retired from Sompo Japan Insurance Company as a Claims Adjuster and supervisor after 5 years of service.  He also worked for the Hartford Insurance Company, retiring after 35 years of service and the American National Bank (Sun Trust) He is survived by his loyal, caring wife, Valerie Akins Dillard;  sons, Jermicah O. Jennings, Chattanooga TN and Johnathan (LaShawn) Dillard, Jonesboro, GA; daughters, Tammi (Devon ) Wilson, Southfield, MI., Deidre (Duane), Dilwork, St Louis MO, Angel Dillard, LaVergne TN; 10 grandchildren, 2 step- grandchildren; sisters, Margaret E. Jones, Shirley Ann Hayes, Barbara Ann Dillard, Lorraine Dillard , all of Birmingham AL; brother, Andrew D. (Joann) Dillard, Birmingham, Al; two sisters- in- law; four brothers-in-law; one very dedicated grandson and caregiver, DeWayne Middleton; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives; very special friends, Frank and Jamie Otis. Public viewing will begin at 12 noon Thursday, February 2020 with family visitation from 6-8 pm in the chapel.  A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 am Friday, February 21, 2020 at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Ernest L. Reid, Jr. as Eulogist. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.  
Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.

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  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    We were saddened when we heard of John’s passing. Our prayers are with you Valerie and your family. God Bless. Zebedee R. Williams Alumni Alabama A&M University
    ~ Zebedee Williams   Harrison, TN
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    We were saddened when we heard of John’s passing. Our prayers are with you Valerie and your family. God Bless. Zebedee R. Williams Alumni Alabama A&M University
    ~ Zebedee Williams   Harrison, TN
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    Valerie, we extend heartfelt condolences, and pray God will enfold you in His faithful love and comfort you and your entire family with cherished memories you hold dear of your beloved husband, John. We will keep you in our prayers.
    ~ Beverly and Larry Rowe Sr.   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    Daddy, I'm trying so hard to stay strong, but this hurts so much! I miss you so much right now. Rest well and keep watching over us. I will always love you!!!
    ~ Angel Dillard   La Vergne, TN
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    Praying for you Valerie and the entire family during this difficult season. May God continue to keep his loving arms around you as he promised never leave nor forsake us. Love you all.
    ~ Elder Henrietta Erskine.Olivet Baptist Church   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    Sis Diedre and Duane, It saddened our hearts to hear of your dads transitioning. We are honored to have met him and remember him as a jovial, kind, and giving man. We send much love and prayers all the way from St Louis and we know you know how much we love you. Be comforted and encouraged and know that we are here for you. Love pastors Leslie and Gwendolyn and your Dove family.
    ~ Dove Covenant Christian center   Saint Louis, MO