Earl Dillard, 78, of Franklin passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Charlie Dillard and Nellie Franks Dillard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Bobby Dillard, David Dillard and Johnny Dillard.
Earl was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed yard work, bluegrass festivals, ginseng hunting, fishing and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Johnson Dillard; daughter, Kathy Holland (Darrin) of Franklin; sister, Annie Estes of Sylva; brother, Eugene Dillard (Mary) of Sylva; and eight nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. David Lee Williams officiated.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Macon Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Bobby Watson, Kevin Dillard, Marty Southard, Bobby Mashburn, Gary Scott and Jeff Amos. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Pressley, Bob Bowes and Richard Young.
Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.